By Robert Cohen - [email protected]
Reason number 1: Compassion to animals.
Reason number 2: Compassion to your own body.
On this coming vernal equinox of March 20th, 2003, help
to celebrate the 19th annual "Great American Meatout!"
You can join thousands of other Americans who will be
sponsoring small, medium, and large events. Join celebrities such as
Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner.
Nineteen years ago, when Alex Hershaft of Farm USA
hosted the first meatout, his passion was to teach people a gentler way
of living. Today, the same reasons motivate Alex, but there now exists
enormous scientific evidence to support plant-based diets as the
healthiest of lifestyles.
Why are meat & dairy products dangerous to eat? It's all
about the sulfur.
Sulfur-based amino acids have been identified as the key
to heart disease. Nations eating the greatest amounts of meat and dairy
products have the highest incidences of athersclerosis and
cardiovascular events, such as strokes and heart attacks:
Sulfur-based amino acids are also the key to bone
In June of 1993, after citing supporting studies, the
Nutrition Action Newsletter concluded:
"Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such
as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China
and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low
rates of osteoporosis."
More evidence that nations eating the greatest amounts
of meat and dairy have the highest rates of osteoporosis, and why:
Imagine the smell of rotten eggs infusing into your
bloodstream. Animal proteins contain more sulfur-based amino acids than
do plant proteins. Methionine and cystine are very rich in sulfur. USDA
lists amino acid contents of various foods:
One glass of cow's milk contains 30% more sulfur-based
amino acids than a glass of soymilk.
One portion of chicken contains 6 times more
sulfur-based amino acids than does an equal portion of tofu.
The following is a list of sulfur (in milligrams)
contained in 100 gram portions (about 3.5 ounces) of various foods:
Soymilk - 0.087 grams
Whole Milk - 0.113 grams
Mori-Nu Silken Firm tofu - 0.206 grams
Hard Boiled Egg - 0.604 grams
Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese - 0.777 grams
Canned Salmon, drained - 0.825 grams
Porterhouse Steak, (0% Fat), broiled - 0.920 grams
Beef, Ground, (95% lean), broiled - 0.971
Fresh Cooked Salmon, Dry - 0.979 grams
Fresh Bluefish, Broiled - 1.035 grams
Canned Tuna (in water) - 1.028 grams
Fresh Trout, Broiled - 1.073 grams
Chicken, dark meat, roasted - 1.107 grams
Chicken, breast meat, roasted - 1.256 grams
So, what can you do to change the world? Work towards
that special day in March, the first day of spring. Write letters to
newspapers. Call talk radio stations. Cook a vegan meal for your
friends. Send vegan snacks into school for your kids and their entire
classes. Work with your school systems & make presentations. Become an
activist! Sponsor a Great American Meatout event in your community.
Go on to Rest In Peace
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