Everything You Should Know About Your Food

How your diet impacts your health
Too much meat - particularly red meat - is linked to diabetes and other health problems. Photo via Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons.
The environmental impact of farming
How does livestock affect the greenhouse effect? Read on to find out! Photo via Pixabay (CC0).

Do you think you know enough about all the food that you eat on a regular basis? The things we eat play a huge role in our lives and have a big impact on our health and the environment around us. However, even though this is such a central aspect of our lives, there are still quite a few of us who do not know some basic facts about the food that we eat. For instance, do you know where certain ingredients come from or how they are made? If not, it’s time to widen your food knowledge.

Here’s a quick rundown of the things you need to know about your food.

Livestock Contributes To The Greenhouse Effect

Looking after livestock and ensuring that it can be turned into meat that is suitable for human production requires industrial farming methods. And these are having a dramatic effect on the environment. In fact, it is thought that just under 15% of the world’s annual emissions come from livestock farming. But there are farms and companies that are trying to change this, though. You can learn more about one such company by following the link. This huge environmental impact of livestock is just one of the reasons why the world’s vegetarian population is currently on the rise.

Tossing food without eating it is an issue
As much as 1/3 of food is wasted. This includes leftovers being thrown out after a family meal. Pixabay Photo, CC0.

One Third Of Food Ends Up Being Wasted

When you are cooking, you will probably throw some old ingredients out in the process. You might even throw out some leftovers if you and your family don’t eat everything that is prepared for a meal. You probably don’t give this a second thought. However, it’s really important to try and reduce your food waste, as disposing of it using industrial methods can be bad for the environment. Instead, why not compost it? Or, even better, try and not cook too much food for each meal.

The Food Industry Needs To Adapt To Climate Change

So far, the food industry hasn’t been too badly affected by climate change. However, it is thought that this stability won’t last for too much longer. Many experts believe that the whole food and farming industry needs to start adapting, and soon. Climate change could soon start to reduce annual crop yields, which could provide food shortages around the world.

How your diet impacts your health
Too much meat – particularly red meat – is linked to diabetes and other health problems. Photo via Pixabay, CC0 Creative Commons.

Meat Is Linked To Certain Health Conditions

It has been known that eating too much meat, especially red meat, can increase the risk of people suffering from health conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Well, now that list of diseases and illnesses is starting to increase as more research is being carried out into meat and the conditions that it can cause. Many health experts advise people to limit their intake of red meat and have a couple of completely meat-free days through the week if possible.

Once you start to learn more about the food and ingredients that you eat, you will fully understand how your diet is impacting on your health and the world around you. Eventually, you’ll be able to make changes for the better!


  1. Hi Christy,

    in our culture is to eat a lot of meat. Especially red meat,which is very heavy for the body,and not so healthy. Good alternative is white meat, or blue meat like some types of fish. Thank you for valuable post

  2. This is very important information, Christy. While I would have trouble convincing my family to give up meat entirely, this is a good argument for limiting our consumption of it.

  3. great post Christy! We just watched Forks over Knives recently, and it finally helped my husband see that he was eating way too much meat, especially red meat.

  4. I’ve definitely cut out a lot of meat, especially red meat, for its environmental impact. I was a vegetarian for years because of animal abuses.
    The waste is the thing I feel the most. For the past year I’ve subscribed to a service that sends me only exactly as much as I need to make recipes for 2, which has been much better. Our culture likes to sell things in mega packs, which isn’t practical for small households.

  5. Hi Christy…
    Informative and thought provoking as over the past several years I have become more and more aware of where my food has come. As you know I lived in the north, wild game became a part of my foods. Later I raised my own beef and knew where it came from. I avoid all sorts of processed foods. ( with the exception of Mars Bars and M&M’s)
    Now I am far more careful in my food selection. Leftovers are a part of my diet as I hate to see food go to waste. Any leftover can be made into another meal with a little time and a little care… Great article…

    Hugs as always…

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