Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Those Smart Vegetarians

Intelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life, according to a recent study reported in the British Medical Journal.

A Southampton University team found those who were vegetarian by 30 had recorded five IQ points more on average at the age of 10 (105 versus 100).

Liz O'Neill, of The Vegetarian Society, is pretty sure about this study,

"We've always known that vegetarianism is an intelligent, compassionate choice benefiting animals, people and the environment."

However, the study's own researchers aren't quite so unequivocal, stating that the findings may relate more to a "higher occupational social class".

Vegetarians were more likely to be female, to be of higher occupational social class and to have higher academic or vocational qualifications than non-vegetarians, though interestingly not likely to be better-off financially.

Just proves to me that lentil-eaters are more likely to be female and middle class.