Well according to Uncle Sam, we are. Â Whew, that was a close call! Â In fact, we may be getting too much! Â Here is a quote right out of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Â â€œShift food intake patterns to a more plant-based dietÂ that emphasizes vegetables, cooked dry beans andÂ peas, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. InÂ addition, increase the intake of seafood and fat-freeÂ and low-fat milk and milk products and consumeÂ only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry, andÂ eggs.â€
Good old Uncle Sam is recommending for us to eat less meat! Â My general feeling is that government usually is reactionary, so based on the current state of our overall health as a country, I would say we may be behind on this one.
According to the food pyramid, we should be consuming between 5-6 oz of meats and beans per day (depending on your age, height, sex, activity level (hehe) and so on). Â This is what they are calling the protein foods group and it consists of: meats, poultry, eggs, dry beans & peas, nuts & seeds and fish. Â In addition, they recommend to “vary your choices – with more fish, beans, peas, nuts, and seeds.” Lets say then that we consume half (of the 5-6 oz) Â from a meat source and half from the others. Â That would mean, we should be consuming about 2.5-3 oz of meat per day.
That is not a lot. Â To give you an idea, if we were targeting 2.5-3oz of meat per day, then that quarter pounder you had for lunch, covers your daily intake of meat (plus a little of tomorrowsÂ allotment) and if you opted for the half pounder, you are set for 2 days!
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