Study: Why It Pays To Be Semi-Vegetarian

A new study shows it pays to eat a more-vegetable-than-meat diet. But what if you’re not a fan of the green stuff? Here are some “gateway veggies” to consider.

Can’t cut meat completely? You don’t have to. People who follow a “pro”-vegetarian diet — which involves eating more plant-based foods than animal products — have a lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke, says new research from the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle meeting.

In fact, people in the study who ate the most pro-vegetarian(so that 70 percent of their food came from plant sources) had a 20 percent lower risk of dying from these causes, compared with those who ate the least plant-based foods (where 20 percent of food came from plant sources).

Source: A Healthy Diet Doesn’t Have To Be Drastic! Why It Pays To Be Semi-Vegetarian

Aside from the spinach, the vegetable suggestions are OK for those of us on blood thinners.  Cucumbers – only the skin is an issue for us.  And this article has notes from previous posts:

Discover Your “Gateway Vegetable” to Start Eating Healthier

…Many people like the IDEA of eating healthy, but eating vegetables feels like Superman eating a bowl full of Kryptonite (hey, they’re both green!).

Whether it’s the taste, texture, or just the mental block, veggies consistently prove to be a challenge for many Rebels.  Considering we recommend filling up at least half of your plate with vegetables, this is a serious problem.

Source: Vegetable Haters: How to Start Eating Vegetables

For me, it was the preparation.  “Steamed” vegetables meant mush.  I still remember when I had steamed vegetables at a friends house – it was a very surprising experience.  Currently, I really enjoy sweet potatoes (a legume, but technically a vegetable).