October is Vegetarian Awareness Month and encourages us to eat more vegetarian meals, not necessarily to give up meat. While vegetarian lifestyles take many forms, health experts agree that these lifestyles are associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and certain cancers. This is likely due to vegetarian meals’ abundance of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals found in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and legumes. Learn how to prepare plant-based meals and try these simple ways to eat more vegetarian meals.

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