“…Tell your friends you’re swapping beef for broccoli – pork for pumpkin and lamb for legumes – and it’s likely they will try to warn you off.
Giving up meat, they’ll argue, means you won’t get enough protein (needed for growth and immunity), or iron, or calcium, or zinc.
And you’ll be stuck with eating tofu for protein.
But with more Australians appearing to eat less meat – new research shows that a well-planned plant-based diet has more health benefits than risks.
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“The evidence is quite good that people who follow a vegetarian diet are likely to have less heart disease, less colorectal cancer, less type-2 diabetes and they’re less likely to be obese,” nutritionist Rosemary Stanton said.
Dr Stanton said the new research, by Australian and international academics published in the Medical Journal of Australia today -
- showed getting everything the body needs while maintaining a vegetarian diet is not as complicated as once thought..”
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