If meat is so bad, why is beef what's for dinner?
It's not hard to see where America goes wrong -- look at our plates. Just look at them! Dr. Craig McDougall, practice lead at ZOOM+, says that the priorities of American eaters (i.e., everyone in America) are out of whack, because too many meats and processed foods are making their way into the average meal. This, of course, is no bueno, and as the above study suggests, may be helping you make an early exit. Why would you want to do that?
"The typical American plate is 70% processed foods," explains Dr. McDougall. "Less than 10% of our diet is fresh fruits and vegetables." His recommendation? Healthy starches like beans, corn, rice, and sweet potatoes should take up about half your dinner place, and the other half should be fresh fruits and veggies.
Don't see any meat there? Truth is, you don't really need it.
But… but what about PROTEIN?
One of the concerns about vegetarianism is, of course, lack of adequate protein, but as long as dairy and eggs are part of your diet, you should be good to go. You probably don't need as much as you think you do, anyway. Vegans (those who completely abstain from animal products, including dairy and eggs) have more of a challenge, but as long as a variety of protein sources are chowed down on throughout the day, and they make sure to supplement with B vitamins, everything should be A-OK.