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Let’s NOT celebrate Veganuary!

Jan 21, 2015 02:00PM ● By Cate Reynolds
Those of us who are not even tempted to go vegan may still have something to celebrate. A 2014 study conducted by the Medical University of Graz in Austria found that “while, generally speaking, diets based on plants, like vegetarian diets, seem to be associated with a certain health benefit…restrictive and monotonous vegetarian diets include the risk of nutritional deficits.”

It was further reported that vegetarians were 50 percent more likely to have allergies, and even had an increased incidence of cancer.

The study included interviews with 15,474 individuals ages 15 and over. The study findings noted that “there seems to be proof that lifestyle factors like physical activity may be more crucial to lowering disease rates than individual dietary habits.

“Austrian adults who consume a vegetarian diet are less healthy (in terms of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), have a lower quality of life, and also require more medical treatment,” the study concluded.

--Sarah Hagerty
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