Are you toying with the idea of eating less meat, but unsure whether it’s the right choice nutritionally and how best to do it?
It’s better for our health, lowering the risk of chronic diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some cancers. And it helps our planet.
A 2019 report on healthy diets from sustainable farming systems concluded that reducing meat and fish consumption – and replacing required calories with plant-based food – are the best methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, environmental degradation and biodiversity loss.
As nutrition experts we’re all too aware that transforming eating habits can require difficult behaviour changes.
So, we emphasise small steps. A plant-based diet (as opposed to a plant-only diet) does not mean the total absence of animal products and allows for greater food flexibility and choice than a vegan diet. Or you could take the flexitarian approach, where small amounts of quality animal-based food are consumed alongside significant amounts of plant foods.
Here are some of the basic principles of good nutrition which can help you to eat healthily while reducing your meat intake.