musiclover Posted March 25, 2004 Share Posted March 25, 2004 Hello fellow vegs! :-) some nice article and good news for those who're trying to convert to a more "green" diet! Part-Time Vegetarians Become More Common http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-FIT-Flexitarians.html CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE, March 17, 2004: Even after five years, Christy Pugh has no trouble sticking to her vegetarian regimen. The secret to her success? Eating meat. Pugh is one of a growing number of part-time vegetarians whose loose adherence to the meat-free diet is transforming a decades-old movement and the industry that feeds it, says this New York Times article. These so-called "flexitarians" -- a term voted most useful word of 2003 by the American Dialect Society -- are motivated less by animal rights than by a growing body of medical data that suggests health benefits from eating more vegetarian foods. (In case you're wondering, HPI my commenet: HPI = Hindu Press International; http://www.hinduismtoday.com doesn't advocate the concept as a permanent diet, but considers any reduction in meat eating good, and likely a stage on the way to becoming a true vegetarian.) In recent years the market for vegetarian friendly foods has exploded, with items such as soy milk and veggie burgers showing up in mainstream groceries and fast food restaurants. But even the diet's activists say that growth can't be attributed to committed vegetarians, who are estimated at about 3 percent of the adult U.S. population, or about 5.7 million people never eating meat, poultry or seafood. Though flexitarian headcounts are imprecise, Charles Stahler, codirector of the Baltimore-based Vegetarian Resource Group, estimates roughly 30 percent to 40 percent of the population at least occasionally seeks out vegetarian meals. Suzanne Havala Hobbs, a health policy professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, credits the growth of flexitarianism to the nation's better understanding of the diet-disease connection. "Whether you make a commitment to eating strictly vegetarian or not, cutting back your dependence on meat is something most people acknowledge they know they should do," she said. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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