Wednesday, April 27


~ Browsing the Net, Cyberspace

"A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10."

Now, I don't usually do these types of posts. Since I don't believe in putting down non-vegetarians,  but I could not help sharing this article with you in spirit of celebrating those that are veggie's!!! Anyway, take it how you want! Most likely with a grain of salt.

Back in 1970, IQ tests were carried out on children aged 10. Then, 20 years later, a survey was sent out to those that had participated. The results came back that vegetarians had averaged IQ scores of 106 for boys (compared to a 101 average for non vegetarian boys) and 104 for girls (compared to a 99 average for non vegetarian girls). Interesting! Repeated experiments found similar results ( an average IQ of 109 for veggies compared to100 for non veggies)

What do these results mean? Well according to researchers and doctors there are a number of implications:
  •  Intelligent people are more likely to consider both animal welfare issues and the possible health benefits of a vegetarian diet (Dr Catharine Gale).
  • Lifestyle variations such as intellects reading newspapers that are more likely to promote vegetarianism (BBC, UK).
  •  Higher empathy found in those with higher IQ score's (Daniel R. Hawes, Psychology Today).
  • Fruit and veg-rich vegetarian diet could somehow boost brain power (British Medical Journal).
  • That those with higher IQs are more likely to be interested in community activism, global economics and environmentalism. 
    This study was carried out an published in 2006 more info can be found HERE.

    What ever these results may mean, they defiantly show vegetarianism in a positive light!! As Liz O'Neill puts it: "We've always known that vegetarianism is an intelligent, compassionate choice benefiting animals, people and the environment"

    Xx Yas


    Elizabeth said...

    Yay! I read a similar study before, and I have yet to come across a dumb vegetarian (although I know very intelligent omnis too).Perhaps another factor is that we can plan balanced meals. I know many ex-veggies that quit because their hair was falling or they felt week. It takes some studying to know what you need.

    purplegrape. said...

    Hey Elizabeth - I totally agree with you!it does take some thinking when switching your diet. You really need to be careful when giving up a meat based diet, you cant just cut meat out completely.... you need to find fantastic alternatives such as brown rice, chickpeas, lots of vegetables, fresh fruit and some nuts

    my favorite is quinoa porridge, with berries :)

    XXX yas

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