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AMI Welcomes Back Vegetarians in Press Release

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

AMI had two words for vegetarians in the wake of a new study that showed that five out of six Americans who try vegetarian diets return to a balanced, meat-containing diet: "Welcome back."

The Harris Interactive survey of more than 11,000 adults found that only two percent of Americans don't consume meat at all, and 88 percent have never been vegetarians or vegans. But perhaps most important is the finding that of the 12 percent of Americans who have tried a vegetarian lifestyle, five out of six revert.

"This new data shows what we've known intuitively. Meat and poultry are irresistible for their taste and nutrition," said Janet Riley, senior vice president of public affairs at the American Meat Institute. "A growing body of evidence reveals that balanced diets that include meat and poultry are the best option for good nutrition and for weight control because meat controls hunger."

The release also highlighted the nutrition benefits of meat and AMI's nutrition resources.

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