Many people are cutting down on the meat in their diets for several reasons: their health, the health of the environment and the treatment of animals and workers. Not everyone gets a pang in their heart when they see how today's factory farms treat "animal units," but few today actually believe meat is good for you anymore. "Use meat as a side dish or flavor enhancer rather than as the focus of a meal," says the American Cancer Society. "Limit lean meat, skinless chicken and fish to less than six ounces per day, total," says the American Heart Association. What are they trying to say?
Meat's fat, cholesterol and calories are bad enough, many say, without the hormones, antibiotics, growth producers and other veterinary drugs used in commercial meat operations.