Turkey used to be the most popular main course option for Christmas Day dinner in the United Kingdom. Not anymore. A study done by Whole Foods found 10% of households will enjoy a completely vegetarian Christmas dinner. Diet habits continue to change as people become more aware of meat’s impact on their health and the environment.

40% of houses will not serve turkey. As dietary habits shift, the study found that 19% of people are concerned with animal welfare, 22% with health and 23% were worried about the environment. And these concerns are changing their diets.

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Over a quarter of survey respondents said that one guest at their holiday table is vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian. Therefore, more households are rethinking meat and dairy options at the table. 10 million turkeys will still be eaten during the holidays in the United Kingdom, 82% of those aged 55 or older said they would be having traditional turkey as their meal.

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects. Learn about some Common Health Concerns That May Disappear Once You Ditch Dairy and 10 Calcium Supplements For Healthy Living on a Dairy-Free and 10 Carrageenan-Free Non-Dairy Products!

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, plant-based, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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