Saturday, July 7, 2007

Eat More Veggies

What's good for the planet is good for you, too. That's why Frances Moore Lappe', author of Diet for A Small Planet, champions a vegetarian diet. "Eating low on the food chain is one of my core lifestyle choices," she says. While a meat-centered diet deepens our ecological foot print and contributes to pollution, a plant-centered diet requires fewer resources and supports long-term health. Research shows that vegetarians have lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and lower rates of hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, prostate and colon cancer. You don't have to go completely veggie to reap the benefits; try gradually shifting the emphasis of your meals from animal-based proteins to plant-based ones like soy foods and beans. -Body & Soul 5/07

When anyone ask the kids how they get their protein they answer, "from the same place the cow your eating got theirs, fresh greens. " :)

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