While the world is in conflict over eating meat and vegetables, a controversial study undertaken at the Medical University of Graz in Austria has claimed that vegetarians are less healthy than their meat-eating counterparts.
A vegetarian’s diet is characterised by less fat and cholesterol and thus carries increased risks of allergies, cancer, anxiety and depression.
The study has data from the Austrian Health Interview Survey, which studied the eating habits and lifestyles of vegetarians and meat-eaters.
A total of 1,320 people were sampled of which 330 were vegetarians, 330 ate meat but more fruits and vegetables, 330 were normal eaters but ate less meat and 330 consumed a more meat-heavy diet.
The study revealed that vegetarians had lower body mass due to less alcohol consumption yet suffered from poor physical and mental health.
The study concluded that Australian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy, in terms of developing allergies, cancer and mental health disorders.