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What is a plant-based diet and why should you try it?

By: Katherine D. McManus, MS, RD, LDN, Contributor Plant-based or plant-forward eating patterns focus on foods primarily from plants. This includes not only fruits and vegetables, but also nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. It doesn’t mean that you are vegetarian or vegan and never eat meat or dairy. Rather, you are proportionately choosing more of your foods from plant sources. Mediterranean and vegetarian diets …

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