10 Reasons to Try a Vegetarian Diet

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Considering a vegetarian diet?

Going green isn't just good for the environment: reducing your meat consumption benefits your whole body. "The average American who switches to a healthy reduced-meat or vegetarian diet will lose weight, see improvements in their cholesterol profiles and blood sugar levels, reduce cardiovascular risk, and look healthier," says Steven Masley, MD, nutritionist and author of The 30-Day Heart Tune-Up: A Breakthrough Medical Plan to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. Here are 10 ways following a vegetarian eating plan (or close to it) can do your body good.

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