Many of us flirt with vegetarianism, but aren't fully committed to the lifestyle. Heck, most people with healthy (or environmental) urges have seriously contemplated the meatless life at one time or another. If you're considering going veggie-only for environmental reasons, you should first read up why it's more important to be an ethical omnivore than a vegetarian.
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If you've hesitated out of concern for your meat-loving, deprivation-hating body, don't worry as long as you continue to eat a balanced, healthy diet, says Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, clinical associate professor of nutrition at Boston University. "Nothing dramatic is going to happen biochemically," she says.
Of course, that doesn't mean you won't benefit, either. Here are 6 things that may happen in your body when you go vegetarian.