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Le persone più intelligenti tendono ad essere vegetariane



Uno studio inglese condotto su 8.000 persone di 30 anni il cui quoziente
intellettivo era stato misurato quando avevano 10 anni ha mostrato che
quanto più elevato è il quoziente intellettivo tanto è maggiore la
probabilità di diventare vegetariani.

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Smart children "more likely to become vegetarians"
Fri Dec 15, 2006 2:52 PM GMT137

 LONDON (Reuters) - Children with high IQs are more likely to be vegetarians
when they grow up, according to research reported on Friday.

A British study of more them 8,000 men and women aged 30 whose IQs had been
measured when they were 10, showed that the higher the IQ, the greater the
odds of being a vegetarian.

"People who are more intelligent as children, who will obviously keep that
intelligence when they are 30, were more likely to say they are vegetarians
at that age than those that were less intelligent," said Dr Catherine Gale,
an epidemiologist at the University of Southampton in England.

She added the findings, which are published online by the British Medical
Journal, were consistent with other studies showing people who are more
intelligent tend to eat a healthier diet and exercise more.

"There is quite a lot of evidence linking vegetarianism to a lower risk of
heart disease. People who are vegetarians tend to have lower blood pressure,
lower cholesterol levels and they do have a lower risk of dying from
coronary heart disease," Gale added.

For each 15-point rise in IQ scores in the study, the likelihood of being a
vegetarian rose by 38 percent. Even after adjusting to factors such as
social class and education, the link was still consistent.

More than 33 percent of the men and women in the study described themselves
as vegetarians but said they ate white meat and fish. Just over four percent
were strict vegetarians and 2.5 percent were vegans, who eat no animal
products at all, including eggs and dairy.

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