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SURVEY: 4 in 10 Britons switch to plant-based diets to keep partner happy

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It isn’t just partners who influence eating habits, as 16% made changes following requests from the children, and 19% were persuaded to switch by friends.

EMMA ELSWORTHY: Nearly four in 10 Britons who have turned vegetarian or vegan have done so for a partner, a poll has found. A survey of 2,000 adults who have opted for a meat-free diet found 18 per cent made the switch to keep their other half happy. And 19 per cent wanted to support them in their quest for a healthier diet. A third even claimed they would never have considered giving up meat if it wasn’t for the encouragement of their other half.

But it isn’t just partners who influence eating habits, as 16 per cent made changes following requests from the children, and 19 per cent were persuaded by friends. It also emerged that eight in 10 found the change in diet easier to adapt to than they could have imagined, with 53 per cent saying they feel healthier and more energetic since adopting a plant-based diet… The study found just 7 per cent of adults who dropped meat from their mealtimes found the decision difficult…

A separate report of 1,000 adults, also carried out via OnePoll for Fry Family Food Co, found 46 per cent have tried to follow a vegetarian or plant based diet at some point. Of these, a partner was responsible for the shift in 49 per cent of cases. However, the average person lasted just 19 weeks – less than five months – on the new diet. And for one in 20, the chief reason for going back to meat was the relationship ending, while 57 per cent really missed the foods they were cutting out. SOURCE…

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