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REALITY BITES: Most people who try a vegan diet don’t keep it up for long, survey finds

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Of those that have tried a vegan diet, 5 per cent lasted less than a day, while a further 27 per cent managed two days to a week.

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TOM BAWDEN: More than half a million Brits may have signed up for Veganuary this year but the vast majority are likely to go back to animal-based food at the end of the month if not before, a new survey suggests. A nationally-representative poll of 2,000 people from across the UK found that nearly a quarter of people have tried a vegan diet – but less than half lasted a fortnight with just one in a hundred still going a year later. The poll suggested that 2.5 per cent of people in the UK are now vegan.

But while many more would like to be, few can manage it. Of those that have tried a vegan diet, 5 per cent lasted less than a day, while a further 27 per cent managed two days to a week. Some 28 per cent lasted one to two weeks and another 16 per cent a fortnight to a month… Some 69 per cent of those from the UK, Australia and the US who signed up for Veganuary in 2020 kept it up all through the month, the organisers said. It is unclear how many continued beyond January and for how long…

Reasons for giving up on the vegan diet vary but commonly include missing the taste and feel of meat, concerns about getting enough protein, lack of options outside the home, difficulty of sourcing vegan ingredients, for example to replace butter and milk, and a perceived lack of variety. SOURCE…

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