How Many Vegetarians Are There?

Ever wonder the answer to that question? I seem to know more and more people who are giving up meat, either entirely or most of the time.

So a story caught my eye recently that says 17 percent of Americans are now not eating meat at many meals, defined as less than half, and 16 percent are not eating meat at more than half of their meals. Roughly 5 percent say they are true vegetarians, never eating meat, poultry or fish, and half of those are vegans.

Are you eating meat these days?

Here’s a rundown of the results mentioned in the Progressive Grocer story:

How Often Do Americans Eat Vegetarian Meals (no meat, fish, seafood, poultry)?

6%     One meal per week
4%     One full day per week
17%   Many of my meals, but less than half the time
16%   More than half my meals, but not all the time
5%     Never eat meat, fish, seafood, or poultry
48%   Thus we estimate this is the audience for good tasting vegetarian foods that fit individual needs
48%    Say they eat meat, fish, or poultry at all my meals

There’s little doubt American diets have been skewed toward too much meat in the post-World War II era, and also that the meat we’re eating isn’t as healthy as it once was. All that still isn’t pushing me completely away from meat, however. How about you?


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