Do you think vegetarian food is less filling than meat?

Well, if you do, you are about to be proved wrong!

Tomorrow is World Vegetarian Day and to help celebrate vegetarianism worldwide, we thought we would draw your attention to a recent study carried out in the States, which suggests that veggie dishes are actually no less filling than meat dishes!

To all you vegetarians out there, this will be welcome news! After all your years of arguing that a vegetarian diet is just a filling as eating meat, you now have research based evidence to back it up!

The study, which took place at the University of Minnesota involved serving up two separate dishes – a meat dish and vegetarian dish, respectively, on two different days. On the first day, 28 participants were given a beef based meatloaf, followed by a bean-based meatloaf on the second day. The participants reported feeling equally as full after both dishes.

The evidence goes some way to dispelling the common myth that a vegetarian diet leaves you feeling less full than a diet which includes meat. It is a misconception held by many who believe that because there is less protein in a vegetarian diet, it is not possible to feel as full. Interestingly, in this experiment, the protein content of the bean-based meatloaf was significantly less at 17 grams. The beef meatloaf, by contrast, contained 26 grams and yet participants reported feeling no less full having eaten the bean meatloaf.


What Made The Bean Meatloaf So Filling?

The key element here is fibre. The beef meatloaf contained only three grams of fibre, whereas the bean meatloaf had a much larger content at 17 grams! Fibre is only found in plant-based foods including fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. As well as being incredibly filling, it also has a number of health benefits including:

  • Preventing heart disease
  • Preventing diabetes
  • Preventing weight gain
  • Preventing certain types of cancers
  • Improving digestive health

It’s quite common for people in the UK not to consume enough fibre in their diet, but this is a problem rarely experienced by vegetarians.

To find out more about World Vegetarian Day visit their website which is packed full of recipe ideas, competitions and resources to inspire you to try becoming a vegetarian for the day.


Fancy Giving It A Go?

We’d love to hear from you! Why not tweet us your photos of any healthy vegetarian dishes you cook up and we’ll gladly give you a retweet!