Holland & Barrett recently carried out a survey of 2,000 UK adults regarding their eating habits, and particularly vegan eating. Half of the people surveyed were vegans, and the other half non-vegans.
In addition to surveying 2,000 people, they also analysed Google trends.
What were their takeaways from the study?
More and more Brits have been turning vegan during the last few years, and this is particularly so among the younger people. This is reflected in the current makeup of vegans by age group:
Almost 1 in 3 young British adults have adopted a vegan diet, while among the older generations, being vegan is still quite rare.
When being asked why they had switched to a vegan diet, 41% said their health was the main motivation. 24% said that environmental concerns and sustainability were the key factors. While 32% said ethical factors (animal rights) were the most important aspects.
People also noted that that they overall spend less money of food after switching to a vegan diet.
A key question many people have, is how to get enough protein from a vegan diet. This however can quite easily be managed with eating foods like nuts, seeds, legumes, rise, quinoa and pasta, which are all high in protein content.
So what were some of the specific benefits that people had seen after switching to a vegan diet?
- 43% said they experienced a boost in their energy levels
- 34% experienced this boost in the first month
- 48% of respondents said they lost weight
- 47% said they noticed an improvement in their skin condition
- 28% said they experienced an increase in libido
The point about libido is particularly interesting. There are several reasons why removing animal products from the diet can improve a persons sex drive. And there are also many reason for why eating more vegetables can have a positive effect as well.
Firstly, excess meat consumption is not good. Just as excess anything is not good. And the ‘normal’ diet generally contains meat every day, which is probably excessive.
Meat these days also tends to contain stuff it should not contain. Such as hormones, antibiotics, medications, and heavy metals. In addition, farmed animals are generally fatter than non-farmed animals, so when a person consumes farmed-raised animals, he or she is likely to consume large amounts of fats.
Animals often live in stressful environments, and in addition the slaughtering process if often particularly stressful for the animals. Hence, meat and other products from these animals tend to contain large amounts of stress hormones.
None of the above is good for general health, nor your ability to function well sexually.
If you are interested in reading a thorough scientific study comparing the vegan diet to other diets, you can take a look here.
Back to the Holland & Barrett Study..
When asked what foods they missed the most after going vegan, 10% of the respondents said pizza. 9% said burgers, 8% steaks and 7% said roast dinners with meat.
29% found it difficult to change from cow’s milk to vegan milk, and 23% found that lack of choice regarding what to eat was a problem.
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