Posts tagged with "Vegans"

Going vegan lowers risk of urinary tract infection

February 3, 2020

Ditching meat and going vegan may reduce your risk of suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI), a new study conducted at Tzu Chi University in Taiwan has found.

Indeed, according to a report by News Medical, urinary tract infections (UTIs) are most often caused caused by bacteria, such as Escherichia coli (E.coli)— which is normally found in the gut, but enters the urinary tract through the urethra.

Past studies have established that meat is a major reservoir for the E. coli strains that cause UTI, but it researchers could not confirm that avoiding eating meat could lower UTI risk. The latest study, published in the journal, Scientific Reports, found that vegetarians have a lower incidence of UTIs than those who eat meat.

To arrive at their findings, the team assessed the incidence of UTIs in more than 9,700 Buddhists in Taiwan, all of whom participated in the Tzu Chi Vegetarian Study, which looked at the connection between a vegetarian diet and chronic degenerative diseases. The researchers followed the participants for ten years—and found that vegans were 16% less likely to develop a UTI than their meat-eating counterparts, News Medical reports.

The team used a 57-item food frequency questionnaire to assess the patients’ dietary habits. After analyzing the diets of men and women separately, the team found that the reduced risk of UTI associated with a vegetarian diet was greater in men than in women. However, women are far more likely to be burdened with cystitis generally. The overall UTI risk for men was 79% lower than for women, regardless of diet.  

Overall, women were 18% less likely to develop UTI if they went vegan.

Research contact: @NewsMedical

Do vegetarians prefer Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods?

November 20, 2017

About 5% of U.S. adults consider themselves to be vegetarians—and 2% call themselves vegans, according to a poll by Gallup conducted in 2012.  Their demographics are surprising: More political Conservatives are vegetarian than are Liberals; and many more unmarried people eschew meat than those who are married.

Where do they find the food that best supports their specific diets? And what do they look for at the supermarket? According to the Vegetarian Society, an advocacy group, most members look for clear vegetarian labeling, the quality and range of veggie products, the number of specialist veggie brands stocked, and the quality and range of fresh produce.

With those factors in mind, which market is their favorite? Civic Science polled U.S. adults this year to find out.

The pollsters first identified Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s as America’s two “mainstream meccas” for vegetarians and vegans. “These chains offer products and brands that cater to plant-based lifestyles, which are not  always easy to find in your everyday supermarket,” the researchers said.

Which supermarket chain comes out the winner among the members of this picky audience?

Civic Science found that 47% of vegetarians/vegans have a favorable view of shopping at Whole Foods. In comparison, only 30% of the general population (ages 13+) has a favorable view of shopping there.

So, what about TJ’s? More than half of vegetarians/vegans (57%) have a favorable view of shopping at Trader Joe’s, which is significantly higher than the previously noted Whole Foods favorability among vegetarians/vegans (47%). It’s also much higher than Trader Joe’s favorability among the general population (35%).

Thus, according to the latest pool, Trader Joe’s comes out as the clear winner among vegetarians/vegans.Civic Science commented,It’s also worth noting that favorability for both chains is much higher among vegetarians/vegans than among the general population. So in that sense, we suppose they’re both winners.”

Research contact: jordan@civicscience.com