Whether you are a strict vegetarian or just looking for ways to eat healthier, fake meats offer something for everyone. According to Meet the Fake Meats by Kristen Hartke, fake meat is the perfect complement to the diet of meat-eaters because they can easily reduce their fat and cholesterol intake any day by eating vegetarian versions of hamburgers, sausage, hot dogs, chicken and lunch meats while also increasing the amount of fibre and easily digestible protein. For the cook, she notes, these products are ready in a snap since they don't have to be cooked to a particular temperature to avoid the risk of foodborne illnesses. They really need only heating and browning. One word of caution however - although most are cholesterol free and low fat or fat free, some can be high in sodium so read those labels. Want to know more? Follow http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A1633-2000Nov28.html for a guide to the many varieties of fake meat including seitan, tempeh and tofu. Also included are recipes for Spicy Stir-Fried Tempeh with Basil, Peanut Soup with Rice and Scallions, Barbecued Seitan and Asian Barbecued Tofu with Stir-Fry Vegetables.
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