READY, VEG-Y, GO!

For National Vegetarian Week

 

In 1989 a poll showed that 3% of the UK’s population were vegetarians. However, a more recent poll has estimated that 12% of the population are now vegetarian, which means that over 7.6 million adults are vegetarians in the UK today[i].

 

With vegetarians (people who don’t eat meat) and vegans (people who don’t eat meat or any animal products) becoming increasingly common in UK culture, why are Brits cutting out meat from their diets? A SPATONE® survey has found that the top two reasons people didn’t eat meat was either in protest to animal cruelty (67%) and not liking the texture or taste (45%)[ii].

 

As with any diet it is important that you eat a balanced and varied diet to ensure sufficient key vitamins and minerals are absorbed. A typical vegetarian diet should include protein various nutrients, for example, vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, selenium and omega 3-fatty acids, which can be gained from a healthy balanced variety of foods.

 

The SPATONE survey[iii] also discovered that 40% of vegetarians take a supplement to support their diet to ensure they are absorbing all the necessary vitamins and minerals that their body needs. Of those taking a supplement, 48% take an iron supplement as iron intake often presents a real challenge for veggies. It is one of the most difficult minerals to absorb. Unfortunately for vegetarians it is meat, especially red meat, that is one of the best sources of iron with up to 22% of the iron available absorbed by our bodies, compared to only 1-8% from eggs and vegetables[iv]. It is therefore not surprising that non-meat eaters may struggle to gain enough iron from their diet alone, which is why iron supplements can be particularly beneficial for vegetarians.

 

SPATONE natural liquid iron supplement is iron rich water sourced from the Welsh mountains of Snowdonia National Park – which has been scientifically proven to help top up your iron levels whilst causing fewer of the unpleasant side effects often experienced with conventional iron food supplements[v].

 

Generally, iron is a very difficult mineral for the body to absorb however, the iron naturally present in SPATONE  has been shown to be easily absorbed, with an average of 40% bioavailability[vi], compared to 5- 20% from food and other iron supplements.

Vitamin C in SPATONE APPLE also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system as well as contributing to a normal energy yielding metabolism and a reduction of tiredness and fatigue.

 

If you are thinking about taking the plunge and giving up meat, then what better time than during National Vegetarian Week (NVW) on the 18th – 24th May 2015. NVW is the UK’s annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle. Created by the Vegetarian Society and celebrated for over 20 years, the week gives individuals the free promotional tools and inspirational recipes to give vegetarianism a go.

 

SPATONE is at £8.75 for 28 sachets (4 weeks supply)

SPATONE Apple is priced at £10.55 for 28 sachets (4 weeks supply).

Available from Boots, Holland & Barratt, Tesco and all good independent health food and pharmacy stores.

 

# It is important to follow a varied and balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. Food supplements should not be used as a substitute for a healthy diet.



[i] http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/517246/Vegetarians-are-on-the-increase-in-Britain

[ii] Spatone Survey conducted by Opinion Matters, December 2012 (148 surveyed)

[iii] Spatone Survey conducted by Opinion Matters, December 2012 (148 surveyed)

[v] McKenna D, Spence D, Haggan SE, McCrum E, Dornan JC, Lappin TR. (2003) CLINICAL AND LABORATORY HAEMATOLOGY 25; 99-103

[vi] Nelsons Nutritional Study. (2009) The Significant Impact of Spatone on Iron Levels