Vegetarians Are Less Healthy Than Omnivores

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From Independent:

Vegetarians are less healthy than meat-eaters, a controversial study has concluded, despite drinking less, smoking less and being more physically active than their carnivorous counterparts.

A study conducted by the Medical University of Graz in Austria found that the vegetarian diet, as characterised by a low consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol, due to a higher intake of fruits, vegetables and whole-grain products, appeared to carry elevated risks of cancer, allergies and mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

While not mentioned in the Independent article, the full PLOS One report defined “vegetarian”:

While 0.2% of the interviewees were pure vegetarians (57.7% female), 0.8% reported to be vegetarians consuming milk and eggs (77.3% female), and 1.2% to be vegetarians consuming fish and/ or eggs and milk (76.7% female).

I haven’t read the whole thing, but if you’re a vegetarian, you should digest it. Note the study was done in Austria. And if vegetarians are so unhealthy, why do Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, CA, seem to have a longevity benefit. Do ya think maybe there’s more involved than diet, like culture or genetics?

Steve Parker, M.D.

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2 responses to “Vegetarians Are Less Healthy Than Omnivores

  1. Jonathan Christie

    Ha ha, if they’re less healthy you’ll never hear about it from those sanctimonious sons of bitches who take the cake for entitlement, fallacious superiority and narcisitic conceit! Oh well, maybe that’s just me airing my prejudices lol

    But I don’t understand how any firm conclusion can be drawn when only 2.2% (343) were any sort of vegetarian?? Seems like an awfully small sample

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