The Facts:

According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, people who don’t eat meat have:

  • Lower cholesterol
  • Less risk of cancer
  • Less risk of heart disease
  • Less risk of diabetes
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower rates of obesity
  • Lower mortality rate from disease
  • Increased life expectancy

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I recommend a whole food, plant-based diet, consisting of a variety of whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds in minimally-processed forms. This way of eating optimises health and wellbeing, and reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases.

Lucy Taylor, Melbourne-based Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist