Wednesday, 3 October 2007

25 percent of Americans are flexitarians

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If you often eat like a vegetarian, but occasionally garner protein from lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs or dairy -- guess what -- you're a flexitarian. Catchy label. The American Dietetic Association says one-quarter of Americans fit this description as they consume four meatless meals each week.

According to nutrition advocates, flexitarianism is healthy. This varied diet is high in fiber and low in saturated fat. The focus on fruits and vegetables over protein automatically delivers recommended levels of vitamins and minerals. Studies show flexitarians weigh less and face lower risks of stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and colon and prostate cancers.

I just enjoyed three bean portabello chili for dinner -- if I eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow, followed by a salad at dinner, I'm one meatless meal away from becoming a flexitarian! Read more about flexitarianism and four other healthy food trends thanks to Cooking Light.

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