Sunday, October 4, 2009

Are Meat Substitutes Healthy?

I was wondering about the meatless patties that substitute for burgers and chicken.  Are they healthy enough to eat every day?   --Peter T.

Dear Peter,

There are many varieties of meatless burgers: some are combinations of vegetables, some are made from soy products and my favorite, Quorn is made from textured mushroom protein. There is not a reason I can think of that they wouldn't be good to eat as often as any other food.

Just remember to include variety in your diet.  It's not a good idea to eat any one food to the exclusion of others.  If you like meatless meals, consider other options such as pasta dishes, vegetable stir fry, casseroles, or bean-and-rice dishes to provide a good source of protein and other nutrients as well.

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