Perhaps you read Rip Esselstyn's The Engine 2 Diet or Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals and want to reduce your risk of lifestyle related diseases and avoid factory farms, or perhaps it's the recent U.N. study that said eating less meat is better for the planet -- either way, there’s no doubt that reducing your meat intake and embracing a plant-based diet is one of the best things you can do for your health and the environment.
It’s trendy too, thanks to UC Berkeley professor and food writer Michael Pollan, famous for In Defense of Food and Omnivore’s Dilemma. His simple credo re-defined what it means to eat smart today: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Pollan emphasizes the importance of knowing how one’s food was raised, eating locally and organic by "shopping the seasons" at the farmers market, and avoiding the growing number of "Frankenfoods" on the market -- high in mysterious additives. "Don’t eat anything with ingredients your grandmother wouldn’t recognize!" he warns. His advice may sound like a joke, but when it comes to food chemicals, trans fats, and genetically modified foods, it could help prevent long-term health implications.