Vegetarian and vegan ‘meats’ are more popular than ever, but are they good for you? – National

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There’s sometimes the assumption vegan and vegetarian food is automatically better for you because they don’t contain any meat.

But some experts say, most meats alternatives really aren’t healthy foods.

“They may be vegan, fortified with minerals or devoid of saturated fats or cholesterol, but they are also highly processed, full of salt and refined ingredients as opposed to whole foods,” says Desiree Nielsen, a registered dietitian based in Vancouver.

Los Angeles-based dietitian Vandana Sheth, says these “meat” products can help people transition into a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle (especially if they miss the texture of meat) but they shouldn’t be consumed daily.

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