From Meat This July 4th
Baseball. . .Veggie dogs. . .Apple Pie . . .and Fourth of July? The idea of a backyard barbecue without meat might sound a bit unusual. But this year thousands across the country will be grilling hot dogs and burgers of a different type - veggie style. And as revelers enjoy delicious veggie fare theyll also be celebrating their independence from heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other conditions associated with the standard high-fat, meat-based American diet. Its all part of the "Independence from Meat" cookouts to be sponsored by local EarthSave chapters in conjunction with Gardenburger, Inc. around the country.
Why a 'veggie barbecue?'
The research is mounting connecting the foods we eat to many of the health problems confronting people today. And the word is out that a shift toward a diet centered around plant foods-- like fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes-- is not only good for people but also helps the planet. According to the American Dietetic Association, a reasonable body of scientific data suggests positive relationships between meatless diets and risk reduction for several chronic degenerative diseases and conditions, including obesity, coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus and some types of cancer.
It's catching on
Consumers are responding to the news and enjoying veggie-fare with new delight: