The UK is the country with the highest vegan consumption, with the average person eating less than one-third of their daily calories from the vegetable-based food category, according to a new study.
However, people who choose to eat a lot of veggie-based foods may have a tendency to overeat, with many claiming to be ‘vegetarian on a budget’ or ‘vegan for the kids’ in a new report by the British Dietetic Association (BDA).
This is partly due to the fact that people often struggle to understand how to properly prepare veggie dishes or how to make them without harming the health of the animals they are eating, according the report.
According to the study, the average vegan dieter consumed less than 50 per cent of their calories from vegetable-containing foods in 2015.
The BDA says veggie food is still a popular choice among people who have a relatively healthy diet, and this could have an impact on overall obesity rates.
A vegan diet can include a wide variety of healthy and nutritious options, including plant-based meats, tofu, nuts, seeds and seeds and nuts and seeds, beans, lentils, peas, beans-based products and dairy products.
There are also some vegetarian options that can be eaten without harming animals, such as tofu and tofu products, although the BDA recommends vegans limit their consumption of all dairy products and meat products, such a beef burger and veggie patty, which contain more than 10 per cent protein and fat.
The UK has more than 1.5 million vegetarians, or 1.3 per cent, according a survey by the University of Warwick.
The vegan diet is a popular option among young people, with those aged between 18 and 24 in particular finding it easier to stick with a vegetarian diet.
However the BDFA’s research shows that those aged over 50 are more likely to consume vegan foods than others.
The report recommends that vegetarians and vegans make sure their diet is low in processed meat, fish and eggs, as well as avoiding foods that contain MSG, which is commonly found in many processed foods.
There is also advice on what to eat on a vegan diet, such is the need to avoid dairy products, gluten, refined sugar, sugar and fat, and avoid processed meat.
Vegetarian food is also more expensive than meat and dairy.
The average cost of a vegan meal in the US is $5.26, whereas in the United Kingdom, it is $3.28, the BDI says.
But vegans should avoid all processed meats, and meat and processed dairy products that contain animal ingredients, the report says.
“For example, many processed meats and dairy foods contain antibiotics and hormones that can have an adverse effect on the gut microbiome, causing health problems such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.”
Also, dairy products such as milk and cheese are high in fat and calories and can be high in saturated fat and cholesterol.
“However, vegans are advised to stick to a low-sugar diet, to avoid processed sugar, salt and sugar substitutes, and to minimise salt consumption.
Vegan-friendly restaurants are also encouraged to offer salads and sandwiches to cater for vegans.
The researchers also recommend that people make a point of going vegan-friendly, as this will help them feel more relaxed and more confident.