You know those annoying vegetarians who passionately scold you on your carnivorous eating habits and feel the need to ramble on and on every chance they get about how bad it is to eat meat?
Well, the meat gods have finally smiled upon us and gifted us with an awesome new study from the Medical University of Graz in Austria that will finally put steak-shunning vegetarians in their rightful place.
Apparently, vegetarians are “less healthy” than meat eaters, and way more likely to have unfortunate health problems like anxiety and cancer, which is really bad news for any devoted vegetarians who might be reading this right now, and fantastic news for everyone else.
The researchers studied the lifestyles and health profiles of 1,320 participants of various diets, and found that even though a vegetarian diet was associated with lower body weight and less alcohol consumption, it was also associated with “poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life.”
Well, what can I say? It only makes sense that vegetarians are less healthy, because meats contain essential nutrients that you literally cannot get from any plant foods, like vitamin B12, DHA, and heme iron.
Life is a delicate balance, my friends. Animals are our friends, and our food. There is no mutual exclusivity there. It's just the way life works.
“Our results have shown that vegetarians report chronic conditions and poorer subjective health more frequently,” the researchers wrote.
“Vegetarians in our study suffer significantly more often from anxiety disorder and/or depression. Additionally, they have a poorer quality of life in terms of physical health, social relationships, and environmental factors.
“Moreover, the use of health care differs significantly between the dietary habit groups in our study. Vegetarians need more medical treatment than subjects following another form of diet. However, this might be due to the number of chronic conditions, which is higher in subjects with a vegetarian diet.”
I also want to say that another study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, found that compared to meat eaters, vegetarian men were 70 percent more likely to be depressed, and that the lack of essential nutrients (hello vitamin B12) was to blame.
Now, tell me again why a meat-free diet is good? Oh wait, it’s not.
Before we part, here’s a video of Salt Bae lovin' on a giant slab of delicious, healthy meat.