“Our results showed that a vegetarian diet is associated with poorer health (higher incidences of cancer, allergies, and mental health disorders), a higher need for health care, and poorer quality of life.”

This is how team of scientists from the Institute of Social Medicine and Epidemiology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Australia writing in the international journal Plos One summarize their results in a study called “The Association between Eating Behavior and Various Health Parameters: A Matched Sample Study”. On the up side for vegetarians, non-meat eaters were shown to have lower BMIs and to consume alcohol less frequently than carnivores.