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).
…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.
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).