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LONDON - If you want to keep the weight down, switch to a meat-free
diet, scientists said on Tuesday.
Researchers, who studied the eating habits of 22,000 people over five
years, including meat eaters and vegetarians, found they all put on a
few kilos but meat eaters who changed to a vegetarian or vegan diet
gained the least.
"Contrary to current popular views that a diet low in carbohydrates
and high in protein keeps weight down, we found that the lowest weight
gain came in people with high intake of carbohydrates and low intake
of protein," said Professor Tim Key.
The research compared weight gain among meat eaters, fish eaters,
vegetarians and vegans -- who eat no animal products -- and is
published in the International Journal of Obesity.
"The weight gain was less in the vegans than in the meat-eaters and
somewhere in between in the other groups," said Key, of Britain's
Cancer Research UK charity and the University of Oxford, who conducted
"The lowest weight gain was in people who changed their diet to eat
fewer animal products," he told Reuters.