A quick taste of Meatless Monday
The MIAD Cafe is proud to offer options every day for not only meat eaters but also vegans and vegetarians and strive to work with everyone’s diet needs. We invite you to join us in going meatless one day a week. Meatless pizza, salad, hot entree, veggies, and grill options are served EVERY day and options with meat are served every day as well.
WHAT IS MEATLESS MONDAY?
An international movement to help people reduce their meat consumption by 15% to improve personal health and the
health of the planet. We are a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns Hopkins
Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Research has shown that reducing meat intake may reduce your risk of chronic preventable conditions like cancer,
cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. The occasional meatless meal can also help cut your carbon footprint
and save precious resources like fresh water and fossil fuel.
Multiple studies have shown that periodic health prompts lead to positive behavior change. Monday is the beginning
of the week, making it the perfect time to reevaluate our choices and set our intentions for the coming days. With a
Meatless Monday, you have a scheduled, recurring reminder to start your week off on a nutritious note. And if this
Monday passes you by, next week is another opportunity to focus on health!
FOR YOUR HEALTH
REDUCE HEART DISEASE
Beans, peas, nuts and seeds contain little to no saturated fats. Reducing saturated fats can help keep your cholesterol low, and cut risk of cardiovascular disease.
LIMIT CANCER RISK
Hundreds of studies suggest that diets high in fruits and vegetables can reduce cancer risk. Red meat consumption is associated with colon cancer.
Research suggests that plant-based diets – particularly those low in processed meat – can reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.
People on low-meat or vegetarian diets have significantly lower body weights and body mass indices. A plant-based diet is a great
source of fiber (absent in animal products). This makes you feel full with fewer calories, ie. lower calorie intake and less overeating.
Red and processed meat consumption is associated with increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease
IMPROVE YOUR DIET
Consuming beans or peas results in higher intakes of fiber, protein, folate, zinc, iron and magnesium with lower intakes of saturated fat and total fat.
FOR YOUR WALLET
CUT WEEKLY BUDGET
Food prices continue to rise. Current increases are especially sharp in packaged
items and meat, which require extra expenses like feed and transportation.
Forgoing meat once a week is a great way to cut the weekly budget.
CURB HEALTHCARE SPENDING
Treatment of chronic preventable diseases accounts for 70% of total U.S. healthcare spending. By reducing our risk for these conditions, we can curtail healthcare spending nationwide.
FOR OUR PLANET
REDUCE CARBON FOOTPRINT
The UN estimates the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made
greenhouse gas emissions that accelerate climate change.
MINIMIZE WATER USAGE
The water needs of livestock are huge, far above those of vegetables or grains. An
estimated 1,800 to 2,500 gallons of water go into a single pound of beef.
REDUCE FUEL DEPENDENCE
On average, about 40 calories of fossil fuel energy go into every calorie of feed lot beef in the U.S. (compared to 2.2 calories of fossil fuel for plant-based protein)
66% of freshmen don’t consume the
recommended five servings of fruits
and vegetables a day.
50% of all students don’t get enough fiber
(25 grams a day).
60% eat too much artery-clogging
59% of students surveyed said they know
their diet has gone downhill since
they went to college.
SOURCE: 2002 LONGITUDINAL STUDY BY TUFTS UNIVERSIT