Science has spoken and apparently vegetarian diets are tied to generally poorer health, poorer quality of life and higher need for healthcare than meat-eating diets.
The study from the Medican University of Graz in Austria finds that while veggies are more physically active, drink less alcohol, smoke less, have lower BMIs and higher socioeconomic status, the lifestyle also means an increased risk of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders.
In fact the study (which we should note contradicts similar studies carried out in recent years) shows that vegetarians are twice as likely to pick up allergies and have a 50% increase in chance of having heart attacks and getting cancer. It took into account examinations carried out on participants’ diets, demographic characteristics and lifestyle differences. It turned out the veggies reported higher levels of impairments from disorders, chronic diseases and “suffer significantly more often from anxiety/depression”.
The researchers said conclusively: “Our study has shown that Austrian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy in terms of cancer, allergies and mental health disorders, have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment.”
What an exclusive from the world of science and what a punch in the gut for all the veggies out there who converted as a means of living a healthier lifestyle. Obviously there are a lot more variables that determine how healthy a life you lead, some of them out of your control, but it’s still shocking to hear that apparently you’re better off wrapping those veggies up in bacon than eating them on their own.
Definitely going to stick this news in the faces of all the veggies who acted like they were better than me over the years just because they got all their protein from tofu and soy. I knew you were just trying to be trendy and better than everyone else. Excuse me while I tuck into this super healthy, juicy, non-cancer getting steak while you pick up some awful mind disease from your light salad.
Who knows what else science will discover in the next few years? Maybe alcohol and tobacco have been good for us all along? Better keep drinking/smoking just in case.
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