Harvard Health Letter

Getting your protein from plants

When it comes to getting protein in the diet, meat isn’t the only option. Mounting evidence shows that reducing animal-based proteins and increasing plant-based proteins is a healthier way to go. Sources for plant-based proteins include whole grains, nuts, nut butters, legumes, and soy products. Substituting even one serving of red meat with a plant-based protein can help reduce the risk of heart attack. Harvard experts advise a gradual shift toward more plant-based protein over a six-month period.
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