The study found that when compared with vegetarian and flexitarian diets, vegan diets were the cheapest and can be healthier and more environmentally-friendly than standard diets.
The research, which was published in The Lancet Planetary Health, compared the costs of seven different sustainable diets to the current typical diets in 150 different countries using the food prices from the World Bank’s International Comparison Program.
In the end, they found that vegan diets were the cheapest and slashed food costs by up to one-third, with vegetarian diets being a close second. Flexitarian diets with low amounts of meat and dairy cut food costs by up to 14%, while pescatarian diets actually increased costs by up to 2%.
This month marks Veganuary! Oxford research has shown that sustainable eating is cheaper and healthier, so consider swapping any meat-based meal with plant-based alternative: https://t.co/hVn81fSMBA
— Oxford Students (@OxUniStudents) January 10, 2022
According to a press release from the university, Oxford researcher Dr. Marco Springmann said, “We think the fact that vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian diets can save you a lot of money is going to surprise people.”
He went on to say, “When scientists like me advocate for healthy and environmentally-friendly eating, it’s often said we’re sitting in our ivory towers promoting something financially out of reach for most people. This study shows it’s quite the opposite. These diets could be better for your bank balance as well as for your health and…the planet.”
The diets they used in the study relied on whole foods and didn’t include mock meats or takeout. It was also found that in some lower-income areas, like in the Indian subcontinent and sub-Saharan Africa, eating one of the well-planned sustainable diets would be cheaper than eating a standard western diet. However, it could be up to one-third more expensive than the standard diets of those areas.
For those in countries that traditionally eat standard western diets, however, the research is clear: A vegan diet can be not only more sustainable and environmentally friendly but also cheaper!
Check out these budget-friendly vegan foods and tips:
- 15 of our Top Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipe Picks from 2021!
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- 10 Healthy Vegan Snacks That Cost Less Than $5 to Make
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Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home
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! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer, and has many side effects.
For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan 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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- Weekly Vegan Meal Plans
- Plant-Based Health Resources
- Plant-Based Food & Recipes
- The Ultimate Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition
- Plant-Based Nutrition Resources
- Budget-Friendly Plant-Based Recipes
- High Protein Plant-Based Recipes
- Plant-Based Meal Prep
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