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This information was reviewed and approved by Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, FACP (1/31/2021).

Eating mostly fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains, along with nuts in limited quantities can reduce your risk of heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

If you are concerned with lack of protein, remember that as long as you are eating adequate calories, it is unlikely that you will become protein deficient. Plant-based sources of protein are not only convenient, low-fat, nutritious, but also eco- and environmentally friendly.

Try these tips to help you eat less meat.

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