Billions of pounds could be saved from the UK’s annual health and productivity bill if more people can be nudged to follow a plant-based diet, according to new study from Lieven Annemans, Professor of Health Economics at Ghent University. He presented his brand new data at the 20th years celebration symposium of Alpro Foundation (March 24, 2017).
Lieven Annemans summarized the systematic literature showing how plant-based eating (eg. Mediterranean diet) and diets containing higher intakes of soy foods reduce risk and prevalence of several chronic diseases (diabetes; coronary heart disease; stroke and some cancers). He then presented preliminary results of epidemiological prediction modelling using data from Belgium and the UK. These show the projected benefits of population shifts towards plant-based eating compared to conventional food patterns over a time horizon of 20 years.