Vegetarian diets may improve long-term health. Plant-based diets are associated with lower body mass index, a reduced risk of developing cancer, and a lower risk of death from all causes. To switch to a meat-free diet, one can start by trying a few meat-free dishes a week. It’s important to remember that the diet will consist of vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Instead of focusing on a large chunk of meat for protein and fat, vegetarians mix proteins, fats, and vegetables together. Meal ideas include stews, soups, and one-pot meals with beans and whole grains and vegetables.
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