Vegan Diet: Ethical and Health Reasons Lead to Different Outcomes

April 6, 2015 4:52 PM

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Vegan Diet: Ethical and Health Reasons Lead to Different Outcomes

Of the 246 vegans surveyed in a new study published by journal Appetite, those vegans who adopted the diet for health benefits were more likely to report eating more fruit and fewer sweets, while ethical vegans were more likely to follow the diet for a longer period of time. Ethical vegans reported following the diet for an average of about eight years, whereas health vegans kept to the diet for about five-and-a-half years. Ethical vegans were also more likely to consume soy and vitamin supplements.

The vegan diet has become increasingly popular in recent years, though only 2% of Americans identify as vegan, according to the most recent Gallup poll. To be vegan, dieters must not consume any animal products. The researchers in the new study wanted to assess whether the reasons people gave for go...

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