As a dietitian, I would never encourage everyone to go strictly vegan or vegetarian. Many people enjoy meat, and that is okay, but research shows that a reduction in animal protein (beef, pork, lamb and processed meats in particular) can improve health, including a reduction in cardiovascular disease, prevention or better management of diabetes, and reduced risk of cancer.
Beans are a great staple item to have in the pantry—they are quick and easy to use in a pinch! Beans, beans are good for your heart … because they are high in fiber! Beans are a great source of plant-based proteins, and there are so many varieties. Remember to rinse and drain your canned beans to reduce the sodium content.