Most vegetarians go back to eating meat, study shows
When my younger sister became a vegetarian a few years ago, my otherwise carnivorous family put it down to being ‘just a phase’.
I’ll admit it – we weren’t exactly supportive. Sure enough though, she eventually decided to go back to eating meat (in her defence, it was on doctor’s orders as she was struggling with an iron deficiency).
My sister had mixed feelings about ‘giving up’ on her meat-free diet (read: a whole lot of guilt) – but now a new study’s shown she certainly wasn’t alone.
It turns out, 84 per cent of so-called vegetarians and vegans eventually go back to eating meat. But that’s not all. Amazingly, nearly a third of vegetarians ‘relapse’ within just three months!
But what of those who made it past the three-month hurdle? Well, they were unlikely to make it to a year (with more than half reaching for burgers before the 12-month mark).
So, sticking to a plant-based diet really isn’t easy. The former vegos cited a lack of support from meat-eating friends, resenting being the ‘odd one out’ and not being able to resist cravings for meat as the main reasons for giving up.
Interestingly, it wasn’t red meat they yearned for the most, but chicken.
Personally, I can’t see myself ever being able to give up meat entirely. But of course, there’s no denying the importance of eating your vegetables.
Are you an advocate of vegetarianism? Do you have any tips for sticking to a meat-free diet?