You don’t have to give up meat entriely to reap the rewards of a nutrient-rich vegetarian diet. Here’s how be the healthiest “flexitarian” on the black.
A strong body of research supports the idea that a plant-centric diet can boost yout health, decreasing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers and helping you stay at a healthy weight. It can even lengthen your life, according to a recent study in JAMA Internal Medicine that tracked more than 70.000 people.
Think of meat as a condiment instead of the focus of a meal. Try adding just a few ounces to a grain-based dish.
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For many people, however, life without steak, barbecued chicken or pork tacos doesn’t sound so appealing. Fortunately, you don’t have to make an all-or-nothing choice. “Just making a shift to a amore plant-based diet can offer significant health benefits”, says Reed Mangels,Ph.D.R.D. an adjunct associate professor of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Research shows that flexitarians-those who make plant foods the str\ar of their diet, with meat, fish, dairy and eggs playing a supporting role-are gealthier than frequent meat eaters in categories such as colon cancer, heart-disease risk and overrall mortality.