For better health, dial down your meat consumption by going meat-free on Mondays. The average American eats twice as much meat as people in the rest of the world. Animal products, especially red meat and dairy, are among the biggest sources of saturated fat in the American diet. While fat is essential for proper functioning of the body, eating too much saturated fat is a major risk factor for heart disease and obesity. No more than 10 percent of your daily calories should come from saturated fat. That means if you eat 2,000 calories per day, your goal would be to keep your saturated fat intake under 200 calories (equivalent to 23 grams per day). Though that might sound like a lot, it adds up quickly. Three ounces of lean beef, one tablespoon of butter, one slice of cheese and four ounces of salmon equals 23 grams of saturated fat. By going meat-free one day a week, you can help your body get more nutrients from fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains. Remember to go easy on the cheese!
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