If you’ve ever thought switching to a vegetarian diet but opted not to because of its fabled high cost, it’s time to reconsider.
It turns out that not only is a vegetarian diet healthier for you overall, it’s also far more cost-efficient.
According to a study in the Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, Canadian vegetarians save roughly $963.67 a year! When you think about it, that’s a lot of dough.
In the study, researchers looked at two different 7-day meal plans, one with meat, the other strictly vegetarian. The meat meal plan cost an average of $53.11, while the vegetarian plan cost only $38.75.
The vegetarian meal plan didn’t contain less food, either. The veggie diet had about 25 more servings of vegetables, 14 more servings of whole grains, and 8 more servings of fruit per week. Sounds good, right?
It is a gross misnomer that a vegetarian diet will cost you a fortune. Nutritious foods such as dried beans, oats and bananas cost very little, and there are countless vegetarian options to fill your needs for missing meat protein.
If you’re contemplating making a switch to a healthier diet, it seems like a vegetarian one will help you save some coin. Some food for thought.