Vegetarians and non-vegetarians embrace different motives for adopting a plant-based diet

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Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians are motivated to adopt (or to consider adopting) a plant-based diet for health reasons. However, vegetarians are more strongly motivated to pursue a plant-based diet for animal rights and environmental reasons than non-vegetarians. These findings come from a study published in the journal Collabra: Psychology.

Interest in plant-based nutrition has been steadily rising in Western culture, likely due to growing concerns about sustainability and the environment. Still, a vegetarian diet remains an unpopular choice — the majority of Westerners are non-vegetarians.

Researcher Christopher J. Hopwood and his team were interested in exploring how the motivations for

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Vegetarians Have Healthier Disease Markers

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A new study from the European Association for the Study of Obesity found that vegetarians have healthier biomarkers than meat-eaters, a study conducted on over 166,000 UK adults found.

Biomarkers include good and bad health effects like chronic conditions, promoting or preventing cancer, and age-related diseases. Dieters were given either a vegetarian or meat diet and then checked for biomarkers for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, liver, bone and joint health, and kidney function.

Vegetarians had lower levels of 13 biomarkers, including creatinine (a marker of worsening kidney function), total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and apolipoprotein A (linked to cardiovascular

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Who moved my cheese? The silent battle between vegetarians and vegans | Food

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The recent explosion in vegan food has not been without pushback. Mainly from bolshily indignant meat-eaters who take it as a personal affront. But could a far more peaceable group, vegetarians, also be finding all that vegan energy a bit, well, irritating?

Anecdotally, their beef (now seitan) is that the current zeitgeisty cool surrounding plant-based food is increasingly pushing vegetarian options off menus. Vegetarians are asking: who moved my cheese? They are seeing their halloumi burgers, sour cream-dressed burritos or blue cheese and mushroom wellingtons removed in favour of vegan meat-free dishes. There is low-level grumbling at this new

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Vegetarians have healthier levels of disease markers than meat-eaters

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Vegetarians appear to have a healthier biomarker profile than meat-eaters, and this applies to adults of any age and weight, and is also unaffected by smoking and alcohol consumption, according to a new study in over 166,000 UK adults, being presented at this week’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO), held online this year.

Biomarkers can have bad and good health effects, promoting or preventing cancer, cardiovascular and age-related diseases, and other chronic conditions, and have been widely used to assess the effect of diets on health. However, evidence of the metabolic benefits associated with being vegetarian

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Vegetarians Have Better Cholesterol Levels, and More, Than Meat-Eaters

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Vegetarians have more favorable levels of a number of biomarkers including cardiovascular-linked ones — total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and apolipoprotein A and B — than meat-eaters, shows the largest study of its kind to date.

Results of the cross-sectional, observational study of 178,000 participants were presented as an electronic poster at this year’s online European Congress on Obesity (ECO), by Jirapitcha Boonpor of the Institute of Cardiovascular & Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, UK.

“We found that the health benefits of becoming a vegetarian were independent of adiposity and other sociodemographic and lifestyle-related confounding factors,” senior author Carlos

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Vegetarians’ biomarkers healthier than meat eaters’

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Even after accounting for age, sex, education, ethnicity, obesity, smoking and alcohol intake — any of which could affect results — the analysis found that, compared to meat eaters, vegetarians had significantly lower levels of 13 biomarkers, including: total cholesterol; low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the so-called “bad cholesterol”; apolipoprotein A (linked to cardiovascular disease), apolipoprotein B (linked to cardiovascular disease); gamma-glutamyl transferase and alanine aminotransferase — liver function markers indicating inflammation or damage to cells; insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1; a hormone that encourages the growth and proliferation of cancer cells); urate; total protein; and creatinine (marker of worsening kidney

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