Over half of self-described vegetarians ate something perhaps lean - but very much not green - as recently as yesterday, according to a new survey.
Business Insider reports on two polls revealing that the minority of American eaters who fancy themselves vegetarians aren't living up to that label.
Six out of ten of those polled by CNN who called themselves "vegetarian" confessed to having had meat in the prior 24 hours. A full two thirds of those surveyed by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
admitted the same, giving researchers reason to believe that no agreed upon standard of vegetarianism is at work among Americans. Fish, e.g., isn't considered the real deal.
But despite the incongruity between self-perception and ingestion, these "vegetarians" still managed to eat better than their peers.
"Self-defined vegetarians may consume red meat, poultry, or fish," states
. "However, their dietary patterns are generally healthier than are those of non-vegetarians."
: This author, while sometimes describing himself as a "vegetarian," routinely makes exceptions for tuna, herring, and anchovies. Especially with some cheese and crackers. Yes, and maybe a nice red wine from the Greek island of Hypocritus.
Via Business Insider