As more athletes adopt a plant-based diet, environmentally-conscious carnivores can struggle to understand where meat fits in. One place: as a side dish to meals heavy in fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole grains. Follow these tips to ensure you're making smart choices.
Factory-farmed animals are fed antibiotics and, to encourage weight gain, soy, grain, and corn. “When we eat meat, we absorb what they’ve eaten,” says Jeffrey Morrison, MD, a member of the Equinox Health Advisory Board. Organic, grass-fed, or pasture-raised meat results in leaner cuts with more healthful omega-3 fatty acids.
When you dine out, it can be tough to know where the meat is coming from, unless you quiz a knowledgeable server. Some places make it easy, however, advertising themselves for supporting purveyors who treat animals humanely. You can feel good about frequenting those places.