Printer Friendly

Flexitarian diet.

Q My sister follows a "flexitarian" diet. I've never heard of this--what does it involve?

A A flexitarian diet is essentially a semi-vegetarian diet: you're cutting back on meat without forgoing it completely, while boosting your intake of plant-derived antioxidants, and other nutrients. A fully vegetarian diet has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and cancer, but for those who like the occasional steak or burger, going semi-vegetarian means you get at least some of the benefits vegetarians enjoy. You also may find that a flexitarian diet helps you better manage any weight gain as you age, since plant-based foods are high in the fiber that helps you feel full for longer after meals.

If you're interested in following a flexitarian diet but you're used to basing all of your main meals on meat, ease into your new eating pattern slowly. Try scheduling "meat-free Mondays,"on which mushrooms, beans, chickpeas, lentils, ortofu (a soy product) are your protein source, and substitute fish for meat on a couple of other days.

Fran C. Grossman, RD, MS, CDE, CDN


COPYRIGHT 2019 Belvoir Media Group, LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2019 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:ASK THE EXPERTS
Author:Grossman, Fran C.
Publication:Focus on Healthy Aging
Date:Jun 29, 2019
Previous Article:Pulmonary rehabilitation.
Next Article:What Your Bloodwork Can Reveal About Your Health: Blood test results outside a normal range may be nothing to panic about--but occasionally they can...

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters