A recent study has shown that women who do not eat meat are up to two-thirds less likely to be overweight or obese compared to women who do eat meat.
The study, which had more than 55,000 participants found that women who identified themselves as vegetarian were half as likely to be overweight or obese compared to meat-eaters, while vegans were two-thirds less likely. Women who identified themselves as vegetarian were either lacto-vegetarians or semi-vegetarians. Lacto-vegetarians eat no meat, fish or eggs but do consume dairy products, while semi-vegetarians sometimes eat fish or eggs. Vegans eat no animal products.
When considering body mass index (BMI) researchers found that vegans had the lowest average BMI, followed by vegetarians, then meat-eaters. While 40 percent of meat-eaters were overweight or obese, only 25 to 29 percent of vegetarians and vegans were.
While this was not intended to be weight-loss study, the findings indicate that a plant-based diet may aid in weight control. Researchers suggest that replacing some meat and other animal products with plant-based fare may help people control their weight.
To gain some of the benefits that a plant-based diet has to offer, even for those who are not vegetarian, researchers suggest eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
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