By Matthew Thompson, Associate Food Editor for EatingWell Magazine
As a certified meat lover, it's hard to imagine cutting tasty bacon, savory chicken thighs or buttery steak from my diet. Still, I know that it's considerably healthier to reduce the amount of meat that I eat. A vegetarian diet could lower my risk of chronic conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. And-no surprise-people who cut meat from their diet tend to take in less saturated fat and cholesterol and get more fiber, vitamins C and E and heart-healthy unsaturated fat. Getting the recommended 6 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables is a cinch when you take meat out of the equation.
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It's cheaper too. Since meat is the most expensive part of most meals, eating vegetarian will almost certainly save money. You can save $17.33 per month if you replace 1 pound of sirloin [$5.99] with a 14-ounce block of tofu [$1.96] once a week for 30Read More »from Classic Meaty Meals Made Vegetarian