Vegetarians are slimmer than meat-eaters

German researchers have observed that the Body Mass Index (BMI) of a Person is the lower, the less meat is eaten. In addition, they have found that certain personality characteristics are vegetarians more likely than meat-eaters are to be found.

The less meat, ate nearly 9,000 study participants, the lower their BMI was. The author of the study, Evelyn Medawar from the Max-Planck-Institute for human cognitive and brain Sciences in Leipzig, announced a possible reason for this: "Products, the fat excessively – and sugar-rich are, to make it especially thick. They stimulate the appetite and delay the feeling of satiety. If you avoid animal foods, consume, on average, less of such products." In contrast, vegetarian food contains a lot of fiber and has a positive effect on the intestinal microbiome.

On the BMI, the type of animal products seems to be: If predominantly primary animal products were consumed, so meat, sausages and fish, had the persons on average, by 1.2 points higher BMI than someone who is not or, rather, of secondary animal products such as eggs, milk, milk products, cheese and Butter, and ate.

Vegetarians are more introverted than meat-eaters

Also the personality was related to the type of nutrition: people with predominantly plant-based foods on the meal plan were more introverted than those who ate mainly animal products. A tendency to neurotic behaviour, like other studies, they were attributed to vegetarians, could not confirm the scientists. Relationships with depressive moods were not observed in contrast to previous studies.

In a survey conducted by the Allensbach Institute more than 6.1 million Germans in the past year, a vegetarian to be – 400,000 more than two years earlier.