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Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

Dr. Mike Roizen

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Improve Your Health and Benefit the Planet

Michael Roizen, M.D. By Wednesday, 01 June 2022 11:40 AM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

In the U.S., 32 million cattle are "processed" annually, and Americans eat around 50 billion hamburgers a year.

Research indicates that beef production produces up to eight times more emissions than chicken production does — and both have a lot larger carbon footprint than plant-based proteins such as soy or legumes. In fact, a whopping 6.5 pounds of greenhouse gases are released to produce just one quarter-pound burger.

That harms the planet.

And it harms you. When you eat beef, the trimethylamine N-oxide changes your gut bacteria, fueling inflammation and damaging your cardiovascular, immune, and neurologic systems.

Researchers at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research decided to figure out just how climate-friendly it would be to replace beef with a biotech-created, fermented microbial protein (from fungi) that has beef's taste and texture.

It turns out that reducing your beef consumption by just 20% reduces deforestation and CO2 emissions significantly. And if you ditch all red and processed meats completely, the planet and your health are much better protected.   

In 2002, the Food and Drug Administration recognized a microbial protein meat alternative, mycoprotein, to be generally safe. Today, an estimated 5 billion servings have been dished up globally.

But there's an even smarter set of choices: veggie burgers (made with unprocessed vegetables) and a plant-based diet with no red or processed meats at all.

In addition, as you make climate-friendly choices you'll likely take in fewer calories and have a lower risk of heart disease, cancer, and dementia.

It’s a win-win.

© King Features Syndicate


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Beef production produces up to eight times more emissions than chicken production does — and both have a lot larger carbon footprint than plant-based proteins such as soy or legumes.
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