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Eating a plant-based diet could save UK government billions

by User Not Found | Feb 19, 2018
Belgian study suggests a plant-based diet could have multiple benefits.
A study published in the Journal of Nutrition states that the UK could cut its healthcare costs by £5.21bn if just 10% of the population ate a plant-based food diet.

The study by Ghent University researchers examined two different plant-based diets; one with a daily proportion of soya foods and one a Mediterranean-style diet. Lieven Annemans, professor of Health Economics and lead author, said: “Our research demonstrates that increasing plant-based eating is cost-effective, and reduces economic costs, such as hospital admissions and doctors’ bills, as well as increasing the number of healthy years people live.”

The researchers calculated that a diet containing soya is estimated to result in 159 quality adjusted life years (QALYs: these estimate the expected years of good health) per 1000 men and 100 QALYs per 1000 women. This type of diet would decrease direct costs of medical services and doctors bills as well as indirect costs such as absenteeism from work and productivity loss, according to the findings.

Read more on the report here.


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