Health & Nutrition - - NUTRITION UPDATE -

Anew study sug­gests that drink­ing a cup or more of tea per day may slow pro­gres­sion of coro­nary artery cal­ci­fi­ca­tion and re­duce risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar events.

Pant-based di­ets can help you stay healthy. Just keep a few things in mind: Start slowly. What’s pop­u­lar these days is Meat­less Mon­days, when you de­lib­er­ately make a veg­e­tar­ian meal. Then move to a few meat­less meals per week. In be­tween, make sure your plate is at least half full of veg­eta­bles. Be re­al­is­tic. It’s hard to go veg­e­tar­ian if you don’t like fruits and veg­eta­bles. That is the ba­sis of the diet, and it’s crit­i­cal be­cause fruits and veg­eta­bles of­fer a wide va­ri­ety of vi­ta­mins, minerals and other mi­cronu­tri­ents. Change your think­ing. Don’t fo­cus on that large chunk of meat for your pro­tein and fat. Choose veg­e­tar­ian meals that have a mix of pro­teins, fats and veg­eta­bles to­gether, such as stews, soups and one-pot meals with beans, whole grains and veg­eta­bles.

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