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Feb. 28, 2011, 11:25 a.m.
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Go vegetarian

In a world of 50-cent tacos and $1 burgers, you might suspect that a vegetarian diet is more expensive than one that includes meat, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. While we can’t compute the savings of diseases avoided by eating a meat-free diet, the financial benefits of good health are undeniable. Plant-based diets reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Plus, going veg reduces water usage and greenhouse gases — and the animals appreciate it, too. In addition to the health savings, the staples of a vegetarian diet —fruits, vegetables, beans, soy and rice — are less expensive than even the cheapest cuts of meat.