Harvard Men's Health Watch

Meat or beans: What will you have? Part ll: Beans

Red meat has long occupied a special place in the American diet. Although doctors and dieticians have been hoisting red flags for years, meat has retained its iconic status. In fact, new health warnings have done little to slow the surge in high-end steak houses, to say nothing of the ongoing popularity of hamburger restaurants.

But men who decide to cut down on red and processed meat need alternatives. Fish and poultry are excellent choices. These options are well known, but another has been neglected. It's a humble but healthful choice: beans.

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