Tuesday, May 11, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Sure, a healthy diet can include an occasional steak or chop. But people who eat mainly plant-based diets generally have lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels and a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
The May issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers these options to expand the repertoire of meatless meals:
Cutting back on meat doesn't mean worries about adequate protein. It's not difficult to reach a woman's daily recommendation for protein — about 45 grams — by eating a variety of vegetables, beans, legumes, grains and nuts. Eggs and dairy products are good sources of protein, too.
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