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Meat eaters more likely to be obese than vegetarians.

The fewer animal foods you eat, the more likely you are to be at a healthy weight: That's what findings from a study published online in August 2013 in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest.

Researchers analyzed data collected from a study population of more than 70,000 adults, average age 59. They divided the participants into five groups: meat eaters, semi-vegetarians (occasional meat eaters), pesco-vegetarians (vegetarians who eat fish), lacto-ovo vegetarians (vegetarians who consume dairy and eggs), and vegans (who consume no animal products). Although their average daily calorie intake was similar--around 2,000 calories--33 percent of the meat eaters were obese, while half that many lacto-ovo vegetarians were obese. Those who followed a vegan diet had the lowest percentage at just over nine percent, while the percentage of pesco-vegetarians and semi-vegetarians who were obese were 18 and 24 percent, respectively.

Meat eaters also had the lowest intake of fiber and the highest intake of saturated and trans fats.

If you're watching your weight, it may help to cut down on meat and add more plant proteins, such as beans, grrains, and nuts, to your diet

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Publication:Women's Nutrition Connection
Date:Dec 1, 2013
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