In her article "Go flexitarian: A three-week plan to eat less meat" Health.com writer Jacqueline Andriakos discusses the health benefits of eating less meat and how people can start substituting healthier sources of protein in their diets. Here are some highlights from the article: "Cutting down on animal protein does more than slash calories -- it lowers your cholesterol and blood pressure, as well as your risks of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The vegetables, legumes, and whole grains that will replace the meat help shield you from developing these chronic diseases, too."

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The Nutrition and Dietetic Research Group at Imperial College London, led by Prof Gary Frost, today published findings that show QuornTM mycoprotein to reduce energy intake and to improve overall pancreatic function in healthy overweight and obese individuals. These findings suggest that Quorn mycoprotein may be well placed to play a role in the fight against obesity and type-2 diabetes, both public health issues of increasing global concern in developed and developing countries. Dr Jeanne Bottin, the lead researcher who carried out the study commented “Quorn mycoprotein has a unique combination of protein and fibre, which is thought to be the reason behind its beneficial effects on health. Although the precise causal mechanism remains the topic of further research, our results show that Quorn mycoprotein may be a great nutritional asset as part of a healthy lifestyle.”

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The Plant Based Foods Association authored a recent op-ed in The Hill noting how "government policies continue to support environmentally harmful meat production." Authors Michele Simon and Elizabeth Kucinich write: "While eating an 8-ounce steak emits comparable emissions to driving a car 29 miles, consuming a similar meat substitute is comparable to driving just 3 miles. These findings point toward yet another strong argument for consumers to shift away from eating destructive meat products to eco-friendlier products, including meat substitutes."

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