The Mayo Clinic issued a news release last week highlighting the May issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, which offered options "to expand the repertoire of meatless meals."
"...People who eat mainly plant-based diets generally have lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels and a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity and type 2 diabetes."
The release went on to suggest meatless alternatives including: beans and legumes, tofu, tempeh, textured vegetable protein, seitan, quinoa and nuts and seeds.
"Cutting back on meat doesn't mean worries about adequate protein," the Clinic advised. "It's not difficult to reach a woman's daily recommendation for protein — about 45 grams — by eating a variety of vegetables, beans, legumes, grains and nuts."
Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of "the needs of the patient come first."
Beans, peas, rice, pasta, oatmeal, peanut butter, etc. can be bought in bulk (or not) - at a fraction of the cost of the cheapest "meat" there is! Furthermore, none needs refridgeration. That leaves plenty of money for fresh fruits and vegetables. TVP (textured vegetable protein) is $1.99.lb and can be seasoned in all ways to resemble the flavors that "meat" is made to taste like.
So, if you're on a thrifty budget... If you're concerned about your health... If you want to lessen your impact on the environment... And IF you'd like to be kind to a few hundred animals along the way - Seems like a plant based diet is the way to go!