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Steak and burger substitutes to satisfy a carnivore

November 1, 2022

Plant-based "meats" offer ways to reduce animal fat in your diet. But eat them in moderation.

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Diets high in red meat are associated with many health problems, such as chronic inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, dementia, and premature death. While those risks may be enough to keep you from digging into a juicy burger or steak, they may not stop your craving for meaty textures on the plate.

Plant-based burgers or steaks (now being featured in grocery stores, vegan food shops and restaurants) might fill the bill, if you keep some caveats in mind.

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