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Our nation's health stands to benefit from Americans' growing interest in vegetarian cookbooks like Skinny Bitch in the Kitch ("Cooking vegetarian at home: Not (just) your mother's Moosewood" by Sheryl Cornett, Dish, Feb. 6). Plant-based diets are lower in fat and cholesterol and higher in fiber than meat-based diets, which makes vegetarian diets an outstanding option for improving health.

Studies have shown that people who follow vegetarian diets have less risk than meat-eaters of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and some forms of cancers. Leading nutrition experts including the American Dietetic Association support a well-planned, plant-based diet.

I encourage everyone to take advantage of the growing availability of vegetarian resources. Replacing meat and dairy products with low-fat, high-fiber vegetarian foods can help reverse the growing trends of obesity and other chronic illnesses—a reversal our country desperately needs.

Susan Levin
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Washington, D.C.


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