Can’t cut meat completely? You don’t have to. People who follow a “pro”-vegetarian diet — which involves eating more plant-based foods than animal products — have a lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, says new research from the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle meeting.
In fact, people in the study who ate the most pro-vegetarian (so that 70 percent of their food came from plant sources) had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from these causes, compared with those who ate the least plant-based foods (where 20 percent of food came from plant sources).
“More and more people are leaning toward a plant-based diet these days, or cutting out animal protein a couple of days per week, like with Meatless Mondays,” Ilyse Schapiro, a New York-based registered dietician, tells Yahoo Health. And for good reason — vegetables are low in calories and filling — that means you can eat a lot of them, but you’ll also prevent over-eating, she says.
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