While there is a lot of debate about what diet is best, there is one thing that many healthy diets have in common that they are primarily focused on eating plants. Whether or not you also eat meat does not matter as much, as long as you are making healthy produce the focus of your diet.
Plant-based diets are a great way to get a wide variety of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals. Eating meat can also provide important nutrients such as vitamin B12, iron, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids.
While it is possible to get some of these nutrients from plants, meat products may offer more concentrated sources which is why some vegetarians or vegans may use dietary supplements.
If choosing to eat meat, limiting red meat, avoiding processed meats, and going for lean meats has been found to be a healthier approach. Overall, a diet that focuses on healthy vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and fruits will be a great choice; meat or no meat is up to your personal preference.
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