The more I think, the more I feel the need to write a letter to Taste of Home Magazine, #1 Food & Entertainment Magazine In the World. I received the April/ May issue in the mail last this week. The bottom right hand corner of the cover states: GO MEATLESS, Get Healthy.
On page 70 the heading is: meatless & marvelous, The Benefits of cutting back on meat in your diet, even 1 day a week, can add up.
Here is the letter I sent to the Editors:
To Whom It May Concern:
I received the April/May issue of Taste of Home Magazine in the mail last week. I enjoy your magazine, website and recipes. I am writing because I am disappointed about your endorsement of GO MEATLESS, Get Healthy, as stated on the cover of this issue.
I realize that the Meatless Monday’s trend is popular right now, but that does not make it a healthy choice. The nutrients in lean beef play an important task in living a healthful lifestyle and preventing disease.
BEEF adds ZIP to your life!
ZINC – A mineral that has been found to improve cognitive development and functioning, especially in school-age children.
IRON – Aids Red Blood Cells to carry oxygen from the lungs to vital organs and muscles, enabling them to function normally.
PROTEIN – A vital energy source and aids in regulating metabolism, weight management and enhancing the positive effects of exercise. Protein also increases resistance to infection and disease.
B VITAMINS – Help to convert food into energy to fuel activity and helps to protect against cognitive declines later in life.
Beef’s fatty acid profile is generally misunderstood. About half of the fatty acids found in beef are MONOUNSATURATED, the same heart-healthy kind found in olive oil.
Only about 40% of fat in beef is SATURATED. Saturated fat helps to increase the feeling of satisfaction after a meal and transports fat-soluble vitamins. Of that 40% one-third is a neutral “stearic” acid, which has been shown to have little to no impact on blood cholesterol levels in humans. The remaining saturated fat is comparable to levels found in fish and skinless chicken.
Robyn, South Dakota Rancher
Maybe if TOH magazine gets more than one letter from an Ag-Advocate they will think twice about running such nonsense. I hope you write a letter too!