Looking for an easy way to improve your overall health? Try swapping your source of protein. Reducing your meat consumption (and increasing your consumption of fruits, veggies, seeds, and nuts) boasts major health benefits. Here are three:
#1. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer
The Science: Studies suggest that high fruit and vegetable intake may reduce your risk of cancer. By contrast, red meat and processed meat consumption may increase your risk for some cancers.
The Swap: Replace burgers and hot dogs with homemade chickpea patties; you can add diced veggies directly to the patties or top them with things like peppers, lettuce, tomato, or avocado.
#2. Reduce your Risk of Heart Disease
The Science: A study from Harvard University found that replacing saturated fats (found in meat) with polyunsaturated fats (found in foods like nuts and seeds) reduces your risk of heart disease by up to 19%.
The Swap: Replace the meat in stir-frys, salads, and pastas, with nuts and seeds.
#3. Reduce your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
The Science: The consumption of red and processed meat increases your risk for type 2 diabetes.
The Swap: Portobello mushrooms make a great substitute for meat. Grill them whole for sandwiches, or chop them up as a replacement for ground beef.
Do you have a tasty vegetarian “swap” or recipe to share?