The United States banned all meat consumption in 1973.
It was the biggest meat ban in the world, and it was accompanied by a string of other reforms.
For instance, meat production was made illegal in the United States, and slaughterhouses were shut down.
In 1976, a bill that would have eliminated the ban on all meat was vetoed by then-President Gerald Ford.
That meant that if you were a vegetarian in the US, you were going to have to wait until 2021 to be allowed to eat meat again.
The reason for the delay was a new law enacted in 2014 that required that restaurants and retail stores sell all their meats to go vegetarian.
There was also a new requirement for restaurants to include vegetarian menus on their menus.
These laws took effect in 2016, but many vegetarians were left with a lot of questions.
Why wasn’t my local supermarket meat-free?
How much meat can I eat?
What about the meat-eating habits of my children?
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Now, a new study by a team of researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands suggests there may be an answer to that question.
The team of scientists, led by Dr Jeroen Oosthuizen, and their colleagues from Wageningan University, the Netherlands, looked at the health of more than 3,000 vegetarians who were followed for an average of 13 years.
The study was published in the scientific journal PLOS One.
Dr Oostuizen explained to the BBC: ‘Our study is the first to show that vegetarianism does not appear to be associated with increased mortality rates among vegetarians.
‘The reason is that in our study, the number of deaths and overall survival rates did not differ between vegetarians and nonvegetarians.
The only differences were in the prevalence of obesity and high blood pressure.’
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It’s important to understand the differences between vegetarianism in Australia and in other countries, Dr Ousthuizen said.
‘In Australia, vegetarians do have higher rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer than non-vegetarian Australians.
But the majority of these diseases are common among vegetarian Australians and are not particularly associated with meat consumption.’
Dr OUSTHUIZEN explained that the findings in Australia are different because the researchers were comparing vegetarians to non-favours.
The main differences were: ‘Among vegetarians, the prevalence and the number who were obese were significantly lower than nonveterarians and also significantly lower among vegetaries who consumed meat at a higher rate than non vegarians.’
However, they found that the number in the ‘meat-eating’ group had increased, and the prevalence in the non-meat-eaters group had also increased.
It means the overall health of vegetarians is improving, he said.
Dr James Molloy from the University of Melbourne said the study was intriguing, but it was important to remember that this was a small study.
He said: ‘The researchers are using an imperfect definition of vegetarianism.
They used an older definition of ‘vegetable eating’, which is an eating pattern that is linked to a greater risk of many chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension and some cancers.’
‘It’s not clear why some vegetarians have healthier overall health than others, but this is a good start for understanding how the health profile of people who choose to become vegans may change.’
There’s no evidence that vegetarians are a healthier option for eating, but the authors said that there are a lot more people who are vegetarian than non vegetarians in the Australian population.
‘It is important to keep in mind that this is only a small sample size, and our findings only provide evidence that the current vegetarian population has better health than non vegetarian populations,’ Dr Oosterhuizen explained.
Dr Mollay added: ‘We have to recognise that the population of vegetarian people is growing.
They are in a larger number of restaurants, more people are adopting vegan diets and there are more people in school.
‘We are also seeing that vegetarian diets have been shown to have better health outcomes for some of the diseases that are associated with a lower diet.’
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Dr OSTUWEY is also one of the authors of a study published in December in the British Medical Journal that showed a reduction in the risk of dementia in people who eat vegetarian food.
The authors of that study, Dr Mervyn Harkness and Dr Sarah Houghton, wrote that vegetians were at lower risk of the disease than those who eat meat.
This is the reason for why it is important for vegetarians not to follow their vegetarian diet.
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