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FOOD IS MEDICINE

RETHINKING MEAT

Researchers from Lancaster University in the U.K. analyzed the reasons why people eat meat, and found that 90 percent of them professed to the “four Ns” of meat-eating: They consider eating meat to be “necessary, natural, normal and nice.” Social psychologist Melanie Joy coined the word “carnism” to describe the eating of meat as the corollary to the word vegan—both are simple descriptors of the basis of each person’s diet, but it highlights how vegans are considered the oddity. “People are socialized not only

to believe that eating animals is normal, natural and necessary, but that not eating animals is abnormal, unnatural and unnecessary,” she says. Let’s look at the four Ns. Is meat necessary? Processed meat has been designated a carcinogen by the World Health Organization, and diets that are rich in meat are associated with increased rates of heart disease and other major chronic diseases. We can digest meat—but we are also able to digest paper, mud and other non-nutritive-yet-still-edible substances. 106

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In “Tackling the Four Ns,” an exclusive excerpt from her latest book, OMD: The Simple, Plant-Based Program to Save Your Health, Save Your Waistline, and Save the Planet, Suzy Amis Cameron explains why now is a good time to cut back on meat consumption—starting with one meal a day (OMD), and going as far as you like.

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Glory, Glory Julianne- Cynthia Rowley Interviews Julianne Moore Mary-Louise Parker's Meditations Eddie Stern & Deepak Chopra on the power of...

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