An anonymous poster stated that the elimination of animal proteins was unhealthy. I decided to do some research into the matter.
I Googled "Dietary Guidelines" and was directed to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' website. From there, I clicked on Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. I headed straight to the USDA Food Guide. Do you know what I discovered? Lean meat and beans are in the SAME food group! It gets better. I'm just going to do a direct quote: "Meat and beans - The following each count as 1 ounce-equivalent: 1 ounce lean meat, poultry, or fish; 1 egg; ¼ cup cooked dry beans or tofu; 1 Tbsp peanut butter; ½ ounce nuts or seeds."
Very interesting. It would appear that I have many, many options when it comes to replacing the nutrients found in meat. However, I'd like to hear what the rest of you have to say. Are there any nutritionists or dietitians lurking amongst my cyber-readers? Please speak up!