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Is red meat bad for your health? 7 meatless recipes for a healthier diet

A serving of red meat might very well kill you, says a new study. According to a study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, eating red meat on a daily basis can significantly increase your risk of premature death and cancer.

The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, examined the health and eating habits of more than 110,000 adults over two decades and found that one 3-ounce serving of unprocessed red meat was associated with 13% increased risk of death. Processed meat was found to have an even worse impact on health, with a daily serving of processed meat like a hot dog or two slices of bacon associated with a 20% higher risk of death. Unfortunately, many favorite Latino foods contain beef, pork and sausages for dishes that are anything but healthy and can contribute to heart disease. Here are 7 recipes for favorite Latino dishes — like picadillo, flautas and empanadas — that swap the red meat for lean turkey, chicken and vitamin-packed veggies that can go a long way in proving your chances of living a healthier, longer life.

Turkey Picadillo: Picadillo is a staple in households throughout Latin America and our version – made with lean, ground turkey – is deliciously easy to make.

Veggie Flautas: Flautas don’t have to be on your ban list – instead, when made with savory vegetables instead of beef, they’re a meal that will have you satisfied without the guilt.

Spinach Empanadas: Skip the beef-filled empanadas for this scrumptious version made with green spinach and gooey cheese – perfect alongside salad for dinner or served solo at a gathering with family and friends.

Pollo Guisado: Guiso doesn’t have to have the obligatory pool of oil on top. This recipe is packed with vegetables and chicken breast for a low-sodium, low-fat but entirely delicious treat.

Chimichurri Fish Tacos: Carnitas aren’t the healthiest craving, so why not try making a batch of these white fish tacos? Made spicy and flavorful with chimichurri, they’re a heart-healthy alternative.

Chile con Carne: Take a look at this revamped chile con carne recipe, which features ground turkey in lieu of beef and chockfull of good-for-you veggies.

Enchiladas Suizas with Chicken: Skip the enchiladas with all the grasa in favor of a lighter, healthier version of the classic enchiladas suizas made with delicious with lean, shredded chicken.

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