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Many choosing to eat plant-based diet because of health, taste

Many choosing to eat plant-based diet because of health, and taste (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A popular trend in eating could be really good for you.

The latest menu includes a meatless meal or two.

Many are choosing the vegetarian/vegan trend just for the health of it.

“I think it’s all about taste, it really is,” said Alena O'Donnell, a customer at Northside’s Happy Chicks.

So, what’s vegan?

"Vegan means nothing from animals, so everything comes from plants,” said O’Donnell. “So, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, good things.”

Joel Armor says he and his family had trouble finding meatless options in a place like the Queen City, which has a rich history with pork.

“Very much ‘Porkopolis’,” said Armor.

His diet change to meatless came about because of health issues.

“I definitely was having some high blood pressure issues, and turned a corner and my doctor was happy with the results,” said Armor.

The menu at Happy Chicks is diverse, from bakery to salads to sandwiches that are plant-based.

“People are like, ‘oh if its good food, it's good food’,” said Jessica Bechtel of Happy Chicks.

Part of the reason the vegan trend is growing in popularity has to do with what more people want to do with their own health. It isn’t about going meat-free or completely vegan. Going even one meal or one meatless meal a week can make a big difference in your health.

In fact, a recent report from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says one meatless meal is a first step to reducing the risk for heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Need another reason? Some of the vegan food is just plain old tasty, according to Armor.

“We have lots of friends that come here that aren't vegan," she said.

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