Once, people who ate no meat were known as vegetarians.
But these days, the term “plant strong” is becoming more prominent, both as a way to eradicate any negative connotations and to showcase the role that plants — mainly fruits and vegetables — can play in keeping us vigorous and healthy.
When I mention protein, most people think of eggs, cheese, and meat. But, in fact, plants also contain protein. Among the most protein-packed are:
• Mung bean sprouts
Plants are also high in fiber, a carbohydrate that is low in calories, but fills you up. Fiber also helps to lower cholesterol, decreasing heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
For plants with higher fiber content, choose:
Finally, plants are high in antioxidants, molecules that prevent or slow down oxidation, a process that ages our bodies and contributes to heart disease.
To fully harness the power of antioxidants, choose a rainbow of fruits and vegetables for your plate; the more vivid the colors (red, yellow, and green peppers, for instance), the more antioxidants the food contains.
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