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ABC7 Experiments with Vegetarianism

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With an American Institute for Cancer Research study in hand, ABC7's Lori Corbin, aka "The Food Coach," visited the Veggie Grill in El Segundo. "Several large studies confirm that consuming more than 18 ounces [of red and processed meat], a little more than one pound of red meat, bacon, and smoked meats per week, increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 30 percent," Corbin writes. "That's worrisome since many shy from this type of cancer screening."

So Corbin headed over to the meat-free Southbay restaurant to do a taste-test with meat eaters. "I could tell it wasn't beef but I liked it better," said one participant. Others concurred that the faux-carne experience was satisfying.

The Veggie Grill doesn't advertise that they are meat free, but the business seems to be doing well with its two locations (an additional storefront resides in Irvine). Menu items include hot wings, sweet potato fries, a Chinese chicken salad, carne asada, chipotle BBQ, a crispy vegan chicken sandwich and even a menu for gluten free options (pdf).

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[Source: 'Where's the beef?' Meat-free replacements -- ABC7]

Photo of Sweet Potato Fries by Sashertootie via Flickr