How To Eat a Vegetarian Diet on a Budget

Susan S. Johnson
Fresh colorful organic vegetables coming out from paper eco shopping bag

Fresh colorful organic vegetables coming out from paper eco shopping bag

By now it is well-known that reducing meat and bulking up on plant-based foods is better for your health and for the planet. But perhaps less well-known is the large-scale economic impact of meat consumption. In 2020, the costs of various meats skyrocketed. According to the USDA, beef and veal prices soared 9.6%, pork prices upped 6.3% and poultry prices rose 5.6%. Meanwhile, the cost of fresh fruits dropped by 0.8%.

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What Is Plant-Based Protein and How to Add More to Your Diet

Susan S. Johnson

The Best Vegan Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

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The plant-based protein obsession

In the past, only vegetarians and vegans cared all that much about plant protein. That’s not the case anymore. In the first four months of 2020, sales of plant-based meat spiked 148 percent over the year before, according to the Plant Based Foods Association.

The plant-based food trend shows no signs of slowing down. By 2027, plant-based protein sales in the United States are projected to rake in 17 million dollars, more than triple today’s revenues, according to a report

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Why the top-ranked DASH diet actually works

Susan S. Johnson

Back in 1992, the National Institutes of Health funded research to see if changing people’s diets could help lower their blood pressure. They discovered that by choosing the right foods, people could lower systolic blood pressure (the first number) by 6 to 11 mmHg.

Healthy blood pressure levels are important. “High blood pressure puts you at risk for other conditions like stroke and heart disease,” Karen Ansel, a New York-based registered dietitian and author of “Healing Superfoods for Anti-Aging,” told TODAY.

What does the DASH diet stand for? The DASH diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension

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The Mediterranean diet is consistently ranked 1 of the best. Here’s why

Susan S. Johnson

What you eat could be key to your good health and longevity. People who live in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea tend to have lower levels of heart disease and live longer than Americans. Their diet may get credit for that.

The Mediterranean diet is loaded with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and pulses. It minimizes sugar, sodium, highly processed foods, refined carbs, saturated fats and fatty or processed meats.

To make it easier to understand, in 1993 the nonprofit group Oldways partnered with the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create the Mediterranean Diet

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