Would you believe it if we said, as per our world data, the consumption of meat has tripled in the last 50 years? Yes, we all know that animal protein, and especially meat is a vital source of nutrients for our body and most of us consume meat to fulfill our metabolic requirements. In eastern countries, due to several religious factors, people tend to go for a vegetarian or Ethical Omnivore diet and they completely give up meat and onions and garlic, etc. But, on the contrary, the western diet is primarily based on meat and other ingredients which constitute a non-vegetarian diet.
If some of you have chosen to become vegans, that is a really good thing but veganism can’t be forced on anyone. The final call is on the person in question whether he wants to be a vegan, a vegetarian, or an ethical omnivore. So, yes, you must have guessed that there is a lot of difference between these three terms.
Today, we will specifically talk about ethical omnivores. Ethical omnivores are those who eat meat and vegetables both but in a balanced manner. They don’t leave meat all of sudden—instead, they try leaving it gradually. If you are still reading this article then it is sure that you have decided to be an ethical eater and you want to choose a healthier and environment-friendly diet. So, let’s get started!
Here are the steps you can take as an ethical eater
1. Switch to organic as much as you can
Now, do you feel tense because you have to change your shopping habits for your dinner and you don’t know if organic food is available everywhere? Don’t worry, all the supermarkets have a section for organic food and you just have to look for that. When it comes to purchasing meat, you don’t just have to look at the organic label but also check if it is “grass-fed meat” as it is a much healthier option for you to have.
Grass-fed meat and dairy products are always a better option to eat because the cattle are raised by consuming grass, and not grains.
Another huge plus-point of organic food is that they do not contain any kind of chemical preservatives. This is a reason why many mothers prefer organic food for their children to protect them from diseases such as food poisoning.
2. Try replacing more portions of meat with veggies
You need to understand that meat is not the only source of nutrients. Many people thrive on a fully vegetarian or vegan diet and you can do the same. Or, you can try to balance the two and replace some of your meals with vegetarian food and keep your non-vegetarian dinner ideas for the weekends! So, replacing more portions of meat does not mean that you have to eliminate the portion of meat from your diet.
If you are thinking about where you will get the nutrition that you just replaced, you would be relieved to know that many vegetarian items offer a good amount of nutrients that are enough to ensure proper nourishment of your body.
3.Consume less red meat
Although it can be very delicious, red meat has enormous amounts of protein and fat which is not always good for your body as it can lead to uric acid buildup and yes, red meat is not good for the environment too.
Beef and mutton are highest on the list of overall carbon footprints of meat products because of the feeding requirements of cows and lambs, excessive land use, processing and packaging.
Try to consume less red meat and it surely helps us out with the currently prevailing problems such as climate change as red meat production plants are directly producing gases like carbon dioxide and methane, which are responsible for global warming.
4. Read the labels before buying packaged food
It is very important to know what food you are eating if you want to stay healthy. And to be an ethical omnivore, you should read all the nutritional values, ingredients, etc. of what is inside the packet.
Food companies are nowadays directed to label their products to help the customers purchase whatever sort of stuff they want. For instance, if you want organic food, look for the organic label and if you want non-vegetarian food, look for that one on the food packets. All the known food companies paste labels on their product and if you won’t find one then we highly recommend you to not buy that product because there might be some harmful nutrients that you should not consume through your diet.
While purchasing food, the very first thing you should read is the ingredients list. A golden rule for the ingredients is that—the fewer they are, the better the quality of the food is. If there are some ingredients that you are not able to recognize you should look them up and if it appears that the food is highly processed, simply put that packet back on the shelf.
Next up is “nutritional fact” labels, and for this, you will notice columns with all the nutritional values which are there in the food.
The last label we would like to suggest is a “grass-fed” label. You will not find this on every packet, as these labels are only pasted on dairy products and meat products. We have already discussed the “grass-fed” label earlier in this article.
Thus, we come to the end of our article on what you should do to become an ethical omnivore. If you liked our suggestions and if they helped you, please share this article you’re your friends and family and spread the kind word! Thanks for reading this and have a great day.