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The factors associated with the belief that vegetarian diets provide health benefits

Lea, Emma and Worsley, Anthony 2003, The factors associated with the belief that vegetarian diets provide health benefits, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 296-303.

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Title The factors associated with the belief that vegetarian diets provide health benefits
Author(s) Lea, Emma
Worsley, Anthony
Journal name Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
Volume number 12
Issue number 3
Start page 296
End page 303
Publisher HEC Press
Place of publication McKinnon, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 0964-7058
Keyword(s) health
survey
Australia
beliefs
vegetarian
plant-based diets
meat
Summary The aim of this paper is to examine the factors associated with the belief that vegetarian diets provide health benefits. A random population mail survey about food choice was conducted among a sample of 1000 South Australians. An additional (non-random) survey of 106 vegetarians and semi-vegetarians was also conducted, giving a total of 707 participants from both samples. The main predictors of the belief that vegetarian diets provide health benefits for all respondents were found to be the belief that meat is neither healthy nor necessary and frequent searching for information on healthy eating. However, there were differences between vegetarians, non-vegetarians and semi-vegetarians. In particular, health issues were relatively more important for semi-vegetarians and vegetarians, while knowledge and convenience issues were most important for non-vegetarians. The results have important implications for public health. Many South Australians perceive that health benefits are associated with eating a vegetarian diet, which may also apply to plant-based diets in general. However, if non-vegetarians are to obtain some of the health benefits associated with the consumption of a plant-based diet, they require information on the preparation of quick and easy plant- based meals.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Asia Pacific journal of clinical nutrition
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