Meatless Monday has been getting a lot of traction in the past year with a lot of hype in the media. It’s been touted as the end all-be all answer to combatting obesity. Notice the first post on the Meatless Monday site is for a soy based meat substitute — that’s what I call healthy :(
The most recent politician to enter the fray is Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel who has suggested people follow the Engine 2 Diet, which would entail cutting out all meat products. While anyone on the paleo diet knows, fruits and vegetables are a great source of healthy carbohydrates, but to completely eliminate all meat is not only foolish, but dangerous. This in turn has a lot of organizations — specifically TakePart — jumping in and suggesting people adopt “Meatless Monday”.
While I think it’s nice to see people making an effort to “do something” about obesity, it saddens me that they take approaches that are potentially harmful to people’s health. I know we’re making a difference and changing people’s minds about the concept of fat in food not equating fat in their body, but more needs to be done to get the word out about the essential healthy fats in food and the dire consequences of not consuming enough of it. If it were only about people cutting out feedlot beef and farm raised fish, Meatless Monday would probably be a good way to go. But with some of the amazing grass-fed beef and wild seafood that is available (albeit at a higher price), it doesn’t make sense to do without.
While it’s not perfect, I much prefer New York Mayor Bloomberg’s war on soda than Emanuel’s attack on animal products.
What are your thoughts on Meatless Monday? What would be a better approach to educating people about obesity?