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Meatless meals: The benefits of eating less meat

It can be challenging to serve healthy meals when you’re trying to save money. Consider serving budget-friendly meatless meals once or twice a week. Meatless meals are built around beans, lentils, vegetables and whole grains. These plant-based proteins tend to be less expensive and offer more health benefits than meat.

Are you looking for new ideas for vegetarian dishes? Verdant and PacMed are hosting a cooking demo called “Budget-friendly & Delicious Meatless Meals” from 10-11:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. For more information, visit the event page.

The health factor

A plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes, and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins, and other nutrients. And people who don’t eat meat — vegetarians — generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than nonvegetarians do.

Even reducing meat intake has a protective effect. Research shows that people who eat red meat are at an increased risk of death from heart disease, stroke, or diabetes. Processed meats also increase the risk of death from these diseases. And what you don’t eat can also harm your health. Diets low in nuts, seeds, seafood, fruits and vegetables also increase the risk of death.

To continue reading this post, visit the Mayo Clinic website.