According to research published in Diabetes Care, vegetarians have better scores when it comes to blood sugar, blood fats, blood pressure, waist size, and body mass—which together can reduce metabolic syndrome (prediabetes) risk.

In the recent study of more than 700 study subjects, 23 of every 100 vegetarians had at least three metabolic syndrome factors, compared to 37 of every 100 semivegetarians (eating meat or poultry less than once a week) and 39 of every 100 nonvegetarians. And the vegetarians in the study were three years older than the nonvegetarians, on average—making their robustness even more impressive.

Need more motivation to go vegetarian? Try these tasty meatless recipes.