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Study Says That Most Vegetarians And Vegans Eventually Go Back To Eating Meat

Ever gone vegetarian or vegan for a while, only to go back to eating meat? Don’t worry, it happens to a lot of other people too.

The Humane Research Council just published a study analyzing vegetarian and vegan diets of over 11,000 participants. Part of that study included understanding the behavior of people who revert back to omnivorous or carnivorous diets. In their study, they found that 84% of non-meat eaters eventually revert back to consuming animal products.

Granted, the meat-free populations of the United States are a small minority, with only 2% currently being vegetarian or fully plant-based. Apparently, 10% of us also are former vegetarians and vegans. More than half of those who went back to eating meat did so within the first year of abstaining from animals.

Why was this the case? The study suggested that health as the only motivator to vegetarian or vegan wasn’t enough, as 58% of people who stated that was the case switched back. Current vegetarians and vegans have multiple motivators, including health, environmental well-being, and animal welfare.

Additionally, relationships could be a factor. A third of all former vegetarians that lived with a meat-eating partner eventually returned to eating meat as well.

The culture and challenges around non-meat diets was also brought up as a reason, with 60% of former vegetarians/vegans hating that they “stuck out” because of their diet, while half found it too difficult to have a purely meat or animal-free lifestyle.

However, this isn’t an indicator that people don’t want to try vegetarian or vegan lifestyles. Nearly two thirds of Americans have tried plant-based foods already, and a third would likely incorporate plant-based foods into their diet.

So while we don’t want to go full vegan or vegetarian, we are open to including some of those foods in our diet.


Blame Pacman for Your Terrible Eating Habits

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An Unforgiving Breakdown of How Much Sugar America Consumes [Infographic]


Newsflash: Sugar is bad for you. In case you didn’t catch it the first time, here it is again: Sugar is bad for you, as in awful, terrible stuff. For those of you not yet sick of hearing it, I’ll say it one more time: Sugar is bad, bad, bad.

Phew, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s consider this particularly eye-opening, unforgiving infographic by The piece outlines the spectacular amount of sugar Americans consume, how much sugar our favorite foods contain and what health problems — from obesity to depression — can arise from eating too much “refined sugar.” The last section even suggests that based on the way it affects the brain, sugar can be just as addicting as cocaine.

Thus, while even good ol’ Bloomberg can be a bore after awhile, the infographic does drive home an important fact: Too much of anything is rarely a good thing.

Check out the breakdown of our nation’s sugar consumption below:


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So Apparently Cheering for a Losing Football Team Makes You Fatter


Sometimes (read: every time), watching your team lose can hurt as bad as a break-up, or your dog dying, or watching the last thirty minutes of The Fox and The Hound. Well, it turns out football fans not only feel the same pain, they deal with it in the same way too. Namely, by turning into big fat fatties.

According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, football fans can consume up to 28% more saturated fats after a defeat and up to 16% less after a victory, with more pronounced numbers in cities with more fervent fanbases, like Pittsburgh. In other words, after losing games, these fans actually turn to eating their feelings for comfort. All of their greasy, ranch dressing-drenched, deep-fried feelings.

“If you’re a fan, you say, ‘We lost, I lost,’” Pierre Chandon, a co-author of the study, explained to the New York Times. “When people feel their identity is threatened, they compensate by eating indulgent food. It’s more difficult to resist temptation. No one ate broccoli after a defeat.”

The study, which compared the eating habits of fans who lost to fans whose teams did not play or to people from cities without teams, also noted the biggest binges happened on Mondays.

We can only imagine how bad it gets in the fantasy leagues.

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5 Things You Learn from Watching Other People Eat

You can learn a lot from observing other people’s behavior, like learning how to drive, figuring out how to build Ikea furniture or how to tie your shoes (hint: shoestrings are overrated). We figured this motto applied to everything else in life, especially food. So among the basics (the proper way to eat a cupcake, how to eat Chinese takeout, duh), here are five life-changing things you can learn just by watching other people eat.


5. Cotton candy is a lot more entertaining when eaten in reverse


4. How 99% of the world judges how “healthy” food is


3. There is no dignified way to eat a taco


2. What true love looks like


1. This is a fundamental truth



CES 2013: A ‘Smart’ Fork That Measures Your Fork Servings Per Minute & Helps You Diet

ces13_hapiforkIf you’ve ever had a problem eating too much, or are just trying to watch what you eat, this ‘smart’ fork may be what you’re looking for. Unveiled at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the HAPIfork is an electronic fork that measures your fork servings per minute, intervals between those servings, and total meal time. The fork (or spoon, which will also be available) then transmits this information via USB so you can track your progress through its online dashboard or mobile app.

French engineer Jacques Lépine, inventor of the HAPIfork, spent several years working on the product after landing in the hospital for a severe heartburn that closely resembled a heart attack due to his quick eating habits.

Slated for an April release, HAPIforks could be one of the best and most revolutionary tools for maintaining a healthy diet. Complete with a full 21-day coaching program that provides videos, tips, and balanced meal plans, the ‘smart’ forks and spoons are expected to sell for roughly $99, come in a variety of colors and be fully water-proof.

Visit the HAPILABS website to check out more information about the HAPIfork or to place your pre-order today.

H/T LA Times