No Sh*t: Vegetarians Slimmer Than Meat Eaters, Says Science


A study from Loma Linda University is sticking it to carnivores, and showing us once again why eating your vegetables is good for you. The study is part of the university’s ongoing Adventist Health Study 2, which seeks to find why Seventh-Day Adventists possess a lower risk of certain health problems than other US residents.

Researchers gathered data collected between 2002 and 2007 from 71,751 Seventh-Day Adventist men and women, with an average age of 59, and found that vegetarians had a lower body mass index (BMI) than non-vegetarians.

Dietary data was divided into five groups: meat-eaters, semi-vegetarians (aka, these guys), pesco-vegetarians (vegetarians who consume fish), lacto-ovo vegetarians (vegetarians who consume dairy)  and vegans (people who don’t eat anything containing animal products). Excluding semi-vegetarians who consumed 1,707 calories, subjects took in roughly the same amount of energy per day at 2,000 calories.

Results revealed that the average BMI was lowest among vegans and highest among meat-eaters. Of those with carnivorous appetites, 33.3 percent had BMIs over 30, as opposed to  24.2 percent of semi-vegetarians, 17.9 percent of pesco-vegetarians, 16.7 percent of lacto-ovo vegetarians, and 9.4 percent of vegans. Keep in mind, the results don’t reflect other possible influences on BMI, such as exercise, location (what foods are available in the area), and socioeconomic status.

So, take this all with a grain of salt. Lots and lots of salt sprinkled over a sizzling steak.

H/T Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Fast Food

Burger King Launches Reduced-Fat, Reduced-Calorie French Fries


In an attempt to offer patrons their own version of “guilt-free” snacking, Burger King is introducing Satisfries to the menu. The new item features crinkle-cut fries with “40% less fat than McDonald’s French Fries” (11.2 g vs. 6.3 g per 70 g serving) and “30% fewer calories than McDonald’s French Fries” ( 226.8 calories vs. 150.5 calories per 70 g serving).

Burger King assures that Satisfries is still made with “real whole potatoes.” Apparently, the fries are made using a special recipe that enables them to absorb just enough oil to keep their outside crispy, but still less oil than usual.

While Burger King’s reduced-fat and reduced-calorie fries are an interesting addition for a fast food chain, I’m still a bit wary. I like my fries laden in all that bad-for-you excess, they are fries after all. Still, for those of you willing to give these a go, Satisfries will be available at every Burger King nationwide starting September 24. You can swoop up a value size for $1.29, a small for $1.89, a medium for $2.09  and a large for $2.29, with prices varying depending on location.