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Meat eaters have better mental health than vegans and vegetarians, study claims

Meat eaters have better mental health

Field Notes, powered by KPMG, is a weekly news update on news nationally and globally from the agri-food sector.

Ian Proudfoot

Global Head of Agribusiness, Partner - Audit

KPMG in New Zealand


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[28 April, Oliver Morrison, Food Navigator]

Researchers in the US have conducted a review of 18 separate studies which represent over 160,000 participants, looking at the relation between the consumption or avoidance of meat and psychological health. The researchers have reported that it appears meat eaters have better mental health, with those avoiding meat being subject to significantly higher rates of risk for depression, anxiety and/or self-harm behaviours. The authors stated that findings imply mental health should be considered when comparing different dietary options and recommendations.

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