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Getting your protein from plants

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Hummus, also known as pureed chick peas, is rich in protein and make a delicious dip. It's also great as a spread on sandwiches.

It's an easy way to increase your fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

When it comes to getting protein in your diet, meat isn't the only option. Mounting evidence shows that reducing meat and increasing plant-based proteins is a healthier way to go. "A diet with any type of meat raises the risk of heart disease and cancer, when compared with a vegetarian diet," says cardiologist Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a Harvard Medical School professor and editor in chief of the Harvard Heart Letter.

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