Definitely, you are not alone.
Indeed, recent estimates show that between 3 and 7% of the UK population are vegetarian.
Vegetarianism is very popular amongst women, more likely white, middle class, educated to university level and living in the South of England.
The common reasons for being vegetarian are philosophical, ethical and ecological, including animal welfare, but only a minority choose to be vegetarian for health concerns.
If you, a vegetarian woman, compare your body shape with that of your omnivorous lady friend, you will definitely notice a difference based on a reduction of body mass index determined by your meat avoidance diet.
Meat and meat products provide proteins, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and vitamin D, while a plant-based diet is rich in folate, fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals and carotenoids. So if you are vegan it is crucial that you pay attention to your levels of vitamin B12, vitamin D, iodine and calcium.
Good news for mothers who want to feed their children with a vegetarian diet: in fact, some recent studies of UK vegetarians and vegan children showed that their growth and development are within the normal range.
We are here to support you with your vegetarian and vegan choices.
Feel free to contact your Nutritionist in Edinburgh at Nutripanda