You don't have to become a vegetarian to boost your health, say experts, but decreasing your meat intake can have a big impact. Meat is high in saturated fat which raises your cholesterol and risks of heart disease and stroke. Eating charred meats that have been cooked at high temperatures may also increase your risk of developing colorectal and potentially breast cancer.
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Meat Can Be Murder on Long-Term Health
Dr. Diet weighs in:
All you have to do is visit a steak restaurant to know that our meat portion sizes are way out of control.
The recommended portion size for a serving of meat is about 3-4 ounces which is the size of the palm of your hand. However, it's not unusual to see restaurants offering 24 ounce steaks, which is at least 6 times what's recommended!
In an effort to decrease your calorie intake and your intake of saturated fats, I am in favor of eating less meat. We often recommend that instead of having your meat serving as the main focus of your plate, meat can be more of a condiment that is added to stir fries or fajitas with lots of veggies or sliced on top of entrée salads.
Water based veggies and salads have more fiber which keeps you full on fewer calories. Basically, you don't have to deny yourself meat if this is something you love but you can learn how to be smarter about the portion size you eat and what you eat with it.
Dieters are often confused about how to cut back on their calories in a way that won't leave them feeling deprived. Eating less meat is a great strategy that works well and is also heart healthy.
For more meat-free meal ideas, check out the hundreds of Vegetarian Recipes in our Recipes Section, or browse through our Vegetarian-friendly blogs.