Monday 10 December 2018

Study finds young people think veganism 'is ridiculous and trendy'

A vegan diet contains only plants, such as vegetables, grains and foods made from plants. Photo: PA
A vegan diet contains only plants, such as vegetables, grains and foods made from plants. Photo: PA
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Veganism is more about being trendy than being healthy, according to four in 10 young people who responded to a survey.

A massive 22pc said they think the idea of being vegan or vegetarian is ridiculous.

A nationally representative survey to understand more about healthy eating in Ireland was carried out by iReach Insights.

A vegan diet contains only plants, such as vegetables, grains and foods made from plants.

Vegans don't eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products.

It found that nearly six in ten stopped eating meat over animal welfare concerns, including 73pc of over 55s.

More than a third of men cited health reasons as the cause for their switch in diet compared with 30pc of females.

One third of women said they switched for environmental concerns.

Calcium is needed for strong and healthy bones and teeth. Non-vegans get most of their calcium from dairy foods, (milk, cheese and yoghurt), but vegans can get it from other foods.

Good sources of calcium for vegans include:

⬤ fortified unsweetened

soya, rice and oat drinks.

⬤ calcium-set tofu.

⬤ sesame seeds.

⬤ dried fruit.

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