Vegans Report Higher Depression and Anxiety Than Meat Eaters: Analysis

Susan S. Johnson

A meat-free diet is linked to higher levels of depression and anxiety than omnivorous eating, according to a recent analysis in the journal Food Science and Nutrition.

That analysis examined 20 studies on meat consumption and mental health, and found an association between vegetarianism or veganism and poorer mental-health outcomes.

“How many people have you met that are both happy and diet all the time?” Urska Dobersek, a psychologist at the University of Southern Indiana who co-authored the analysis, told Insider. “Probably very few — and there is a strong, scientific reason for that — restrictive

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Can Vegetarians (And The Health Conscious) Keep Plant-Based Meat Afloat?

You’ve probably seen and heard about plant-based meat everywhere over the past year: Impossible Burgers on restaurant menus, Morningstar Farms in the frozen aisle, Beyond Meat at the meat counter. In recent weeks, even McDonald’s and Burger King have announced plans to incorporate the meat alternative into their menus.

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While CivicScience has previously looked into plant-based meat purchasing in stores, in this update we expanded data to look at consumer trends in purchasing plant-based meat products as a whole. 

And as the updated data show, 30% of the Gen Pop have tried the

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How to eat a plant-based diet (without giving up meat)

Susan S. Johnson

As the name implies, plant-based eating is all about getting most of your calories and nutrients from plants. But there’s room for the meat and animal products you love (sparingly).

Given the fairly wide parameters, a lot of healthy diets that focus on whole foods and fruits and vegetables are plant-based, explained Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, Ph.D., RD, associate professor in the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina (who studies how diet choices affect chronic disease risk). Some of the diets that fall under the plant-based umbrella include:

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How Plant-Based ‘Meat’ May Help You and Save the Environment

Susan S. Johnson

“It can be so easy,” she says. “Canned beans, peanut butter, simmered lentils, brown rice, oatmeal, seasonal fruit, tons of veggies (frozen, canned, fresh).”

Another major reason people struggle, or quit, after trying a plant-based diet is not being prepared, says Palmer.

“You can’t just all of the sudden eat plant-based without some preparation, such as stocking your pantry and fridge regularly, knowing what your go-to foods will be, understanding what dishes and meals you will rely on, and where you can find products in your community,” she says.

McDougall promotes a diet of

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