The solutions to the risks?

Careful planning of your meals can take care of many of the risk factors associated with not eating meat or other animal products.

If you are intentional about what you eat, you can include all the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. This may take a bit of initial research to find out which vegetarian and vegan foods contain these essential nutrients, but once you have a handle on it, meal preparation will be just as easy as when you were cooking meat.

If you still find yourself lacking in certain nutrients, a supplemental approach can be taken. There are a number of high quality vegan and vegetarian supplements available on the market.

What can meat-eaters learn from vegetarians?

The main health benefit of vegetarianism – better heart health – is vital for a long and healthy life.

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If you’re not prepared to give up on meat and animal products entirely, consider eating less meat and more vegetables at the majority of your meals. How about trying a ‘meat-free Monday’ every week to start off with, and take it from there?