Burgers may not be the only plant-based foods you’ll find on the menu. Nuggets and tenders made from plants instead of chicken are becoming available at grocery stores and some fast-food chains. But these can also be high in preservatives, salt and fat. So if you decide to try meatless nuggets, choose ones that have beans or legumes as the main ingredient. And pick grilled over breaded strips to avoid cavity-causing carbs.
Overall, choosing not to eat meat and other animal products could improve your energy levels and lower your cholesterol. But there are some potential drawbacks. For example, a lack of calcium can increase your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. So if you choose to go meatless, make sure you’re still getting enough calcium and vitamin D from other foods such as broccoli, leafy greens, soybeans, cheese and milk.