What difference does it make if your diet is meat-free? Well for one thing, it means you are likely to have weaker bones than meat-eaters. That's according to a joint Australian-Vietnamese study published the July 2 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Researcher determined that vegetarians' bone density was 5 percent less than people who include meat in their diets. As for vegans — who eat no animal products whatsoever — had 6 percent weaker bones. The researchers did not determine whether the lower bone density can be linked to an increased risk of fracture.
Researchers at Sydney's Garvan Institute for Medical Research and the Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine in Ho Chi Minh City, conducted the study, which involved reviewing the dietary and bone density status of more than 2,700 people.