The study found that compared to vegetarian and flexitarian diets, vegan diets were the least expensive and may be healthier and more environmentally friendly than standard diets.
The research, which was published in The Planetary Health of the Lancetcompared the costs of seven different sustainable diets to current typical diets in 150 different countries using food prices from the World Bank International Comparison Program.
Ultimately, they found that vegan diets were the cheapest and cut food costs by up to a third, with vegetarian diets coming in second. Flexitarian diets with low amounts of meat and dairy reduce food costs by up to 14%, while pescatarian diets actually increase costs by up to 2%.
According to a Press release from the university, Oxford scholar Dr. Marco Springman said: “We think the fact that vegan, vegetarian and flexitarian diets can save you a lot of money is going to surprise people.”
He went on to say: ‘When scientists like me argue for healthy and environmentally friendly food, it is often said that we are sitting in our ivory towers promoting something financially out of reach for most people. . This study shows just the opposite. These plans could be better for your bank balance as well as your health and… the planet.
The diets they used in the study were based on whole foods and did not include fake meats or takeout. It has also been found that in some low-income regions, such as the Indian subcontinent and sub-Saharan Africa, eating one of the well-planned sustainable diets would be cheaper than eating a standard Western diet. However, it could be up to a third more expensive than standard diets in these regions.
For those living in countries that traditionally follow standard Western diets, however, the research is clear: a vegan diet may not only be more sustainable and environmentally friendly, but also cheaper!
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Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help chronic inflammation, heart health, mental well-being, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergic, gut health, and Continued! Unfortunately, the consumption of dairy products has also been linked to many health problems, including acne, Hormonal imbalance, Cancer, Prostate cancer, and has a lot Side effects.
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