24-Hour Crisis Hotline: (877)SAFEGBC or (877)723-3422 Mental Health & Substance Abuse Issues

6502 Nursery Drive, Suite 100
Victoria, TX 77904
(361)575-0611
(800)421-8825
Fax: (361)578-5500
Regular Business Hours: Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Every 3rd Thursday of the Month - Extended Hours Until 7 pm

Wellness and Personal Development
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
Facebook Posts Big Drivers in Vaccine Resistance, Study FindsGym Closed? You Don't Need Exercise Equipment to Stay Fit, Study Shows'Pandemic Fatigue' Setting in? Here's How to Stay Safe and StrongGot Wanderlust? Travel Makes Folks Happier, Study ShowsTips for Making 2021 a Healthier YearHow to Sleep Better in 2021How to Make Your New Year's Resolutions StickAHA News: Here's to a Healthy 2021, With Resolutions From Heart DoctorsWhat Loneliness Looks Like in the BrainHow to Guard Against Home Heating HazardsAs Social Media Use Rises, So Does Belief in COVID MisinformationAHA News: Keep Your Holiday Drinking on the Moderate Side With This AdviceLoneliness Continues to Rise for Americans Under LockdownToo Much Social Media Time Could Raise Risk of DepressionWorking From Home Brings Its Own Health Perils: SurveyPets Are Helping Many Americans Get Through LockdownAHA News: The Best Foods for Brain HealthAre You Happy? Your Answer May Depend on Where You LiveBooze Robbing Many Americans of Their SleepJunk Food, Booze Often Star in America's Hit MoviesCoping With Lockdown Loneliness During the HolidaysMany Young Americans Lonely, Depressed During Pandemic: SurveyStay Home This Holiday, CDC and Medical Groups UrgeElection Outcome Hasn't Lowered Americans' Stress Levels: PollWith Cold Weather Forcing Patrons Inside, How Safe Are Restaurants?Are You Feeling 'Pandemic Fatigue'?What the Pandemic Did to WorkoutsBirth Control Pill Won't Raise Depression RiskAHA News: Despite the Pandemic, Keep Social Connections Strong This Holiday SeasonTips to Cope With Lockdown as Cold Weather ArrivesGreen Spaces Do a Heart GoodLiving Healthy Good for Your Heart, Even if You're on MedsWho Are The Loneliest Americans? The Answer May Surprise YouMultivitamins' 'Benefits' Are All in Your Head: StudyDid Your Candidate Lose the Election? Study Finds Depression May FollowThink 'Virtual' for Family Gatherings During the HolidaysNearly 1 in 5 Americans Follows 'Special' DietCoping With the Stress of This ElectionUpbeat Outlook Could Shield Your BrainTips for a Healthier Holiday SeasonGot Election Anxiety? Experts Have Coping TipsMost Americans Want to End Seasonal Time Changes: SurveyPandemic Putting Americans Under Great Mental Strain: PollAHA News: Your Pandemic Hobby Might Be Doing More Good Than You KnowHazardous Ingredients Make 'Smart Drug' Supplements a Not-So-Smart BuyAmericans Are Cutting Back on Sugary DrinksToo Much or Too Little Sleep Bad for Your BrainA Good Workout Could Boost Your Thinking for Up to 2 HoursSimply Smiling May Boost Your OutlookWho's Most Likely to Binge Eat Amid Pandemic?
Links
Related Topics

Anger Management
Stress Reduction and Management

Many Americans Lack Knowledge, Not Desire, to Eat Plant-Based Diets

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Feb 20th 2020

new article illustration

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- A new poll suggests that education is all that stops most Americans from embracing plant-based diets that are better for the planet.

The poll, of just over 1,000 adults nationwide, found that 51% said they would eat more plant-based foods if they knew more about the environmental impacts of their eating habits, but 70% said they rarely or never discuss this issue with friends or family.

Nearly two-thirds said they'd never been asked to eat more plant-based foods, and more than half rarely or never hear about the topic in the media.

In addition, more than half said they're willing to eat more vegetables and plant-based alternatives and/or less red meat.

Even though only 4% self-identified as vegan or vegetarian, 20% said they chose plant-based dairy alternatives two to five times a week or more often, and about the same percentage said they didn't buy products from food companies that aren't taking measures to reduce their environmental impact.

Along with a lack of information, other barriers to eating more plant-based foods include perceived cost, taste and accessibility, according to the survey findings from the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the Earth Day Network.

For example, 49% of respondents believed a meal with a plant-based main course is more expensive than a meal with a meat-based main course, and many said they would eat more plant-based foods if they cost less than meat products (63%) and if they tasted better (67%).

"Many American consumers are interested in eating a more healthy and climate-friendly diet," Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, said in a Yale news release.

"However, many simply don't know yet which products are better or worse -- a huge communication opportunity for food producers, distributors and sellers," Leiserowitz explained.

According to Jillian Semaan, food and environment director for Earth Day Network, "This data is a wake-up call for the climate movement. Animal agriculture is one of the major drivers of our climate crisis. We need to provide people with the relevant information that connects food choices, animal agriculture and climate change."

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has more on plant-based eating.