Only four percent of people in Germany live vegetarian

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Most people in Germany eat significantly more meat than their health is good. This is shown by a study by the Robert Koch Institute. There are only a few vegetarians.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), four out of every hundred adults in Germany are usually vegetarian. According to this, women tend to abandon meat. Among them, 6.1 percent are vegetarians, with men only 2.5 percent.

"The possibilities for balanced vegetarian diet have significantly improved in Germany over the last few years," the study authors write. "Today, vegetarians are more than an idealistic minority."

The 18 to 29-year-old as a pioneer

For the evaluation, the RKI researchers used data from 6933 people, whose eating behavior had been analyzed between 2008 and 2011. In each case, over four weeks were recorded, which food consumed the participants as frequently and in what quantities. health.

The share of vegetarians in the group of 18 to 29-year-olds is therefore the highest. For them, almost every tenth woman (9.2 percent) abstains from meat, whereas among the men in the age group it is every 20 percent (5 percent). The result is a bento survey from 2015, according to which seven percent of the 18 to 30 year olds describe themselves as vegetarians.

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Only four percent of people in Germany live vegetarian

According to the RKI study, the proportion of vegetarians also increases as the level of education increases. "The same is true for people who live in large cities and for people who do sports more than four hours a week," the researchers write in the Journal of Health Monitoring. Vegetarians also consume less calorie-reduced drinks, beer and wine as well as more tea, fruit and vegetables.

Germany: Most people still eat too much meat

The average meat consumption in Germany is considerably higher than the recommendation of the German Society of Nutrition (DGE). From a health perspective, you should be content with 300 to 600 grams of meat and sausage, which is about 16 to 31 kilograms per year. According to the Federation of the German Meat Industry, the average German eaten more than 60 kilos of meat per year.

A more frequent renouncement of meat would also protect the environment and reduce massaging, the researchers write. "These positive effects would be further reinforced if, in addition to the relatively small group of people who were completely without meat, an overall larger population would reduce their meat consumption."

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