When it comes to eating healthy, folks will try all sorts of diets. Whether it’s turning vegetarian or vegan, opting for a gluten-free lifestyle, or something else, it seems there are plenty of people out there who just can’t quite commit to just one dieting option.
A new poll conducted in conjunction with World Vegan Day, which is November 1st, finds that 31% of Americans identify themselves as “flexitarian,” meaning they follow more than one type of dietary lifestyle, and may combine plant and meat-based diets. As for why they people go flexitarian, 70% of people say they like it because it allows them to eat healthier but not feel deprived, while 69% say it makes them feel better physically and 57% to make them feel better mentally.
Meanwhile, 13% of people stick to one specific dietary lifestyle, whether it is veganism, vegetarianism, paleo, or something else. And even if they aren’t strictly going vegetarian, 59% of people say they do eat plant-based meals at least once a day.
And it seems more and more people are open to going vegan or vegetarian, or at least trying to. In fact, 18% of people have tried to be a vegetarian and 5% have tried to go vegan. But apparently not all that many stick to it. The study finds Americans will attempt to go vegan or vegetarian at least six times in their life, with the average person lasting 37 days of strict plant-based meals.
As for why people opt for plant-based diets, 76% say it’s to improve overall health and nutrition, while 51% do it for weight management and 24% do it for animal welfare reasons.