What do high school students have to say about a vegan diet?

High school students @ Syda_Productions

High school students @ Syda_Productions

In December 2018, a survey was conducted in Belgrade about what high school students have to say about a vegan or plant-based diet. Twenty-one high school students participated, 16 of whom were boys and 5 girls. The students were asked the following question: “Would you ever switch to a vegan diet and if not, why not and what would make you try it out?”

Many high school students are open to trying out a vegan diet, but they do not do so because of the lack of information and knowledge about it. If they had more information on it, they’d try it out. Most high school students who are not open to trying out a vegan diet are of the belief that a vegan diet is not tasty and cannot provide them with enough nutrients.

The students answered the question in the following way:

  1. No, I wouldn’t switch to a vegan diet because I like the taste of meat and I don’t eat a meal without it.
  2. Yes, but I am not making the switch because of the lack of knowledge about a vegan diet.
  3. No, because meat tastes good.
  4. Maybe, I’d like to try out a vegan diet.
  5. Yes, I’d try out a vegan diet.
  6. No, because vegetables are included in everyday meals and because meat tastes good
  7. No, because a vegan diet would destroy the muscles in the body.
  8. Yes, I’d try out a vegan diet.
  9. No, because meat tastes good.
  10. No, because a vegan diet is unhealthy in my opinion, but I would try it out if I could get enough nutrients from it.
  11. Yes, I’d try out a vegan diet if I had more information and was more educated on it.
  12. No, because I like the taste of meat, but I’d try out a vegan diet if it tasted as good and if I could get enough nutrients from it.
  13. Yes, I’d try out a vegan diet if I had more information and was more educated on it.
  14. No, but I’d try out a vegan diet if it could taste as good as meat.
  15. No, a vegan diet is unhealthy, but I’d try it out if it was as tasty as meat and if I could get enough nutrients from it.
  16. No, I wouldn’t know how to live off of a vegan diet.
  17. No, a vegan diet does not taste good and I believe it cannot taste as good as meat.
  18. Maybe, if I was more educated about a vegan diet.
  19. No, because it’s not the same as meat, but I have nothing against a vegan diet.
  20. Yes, I’d try out a vegan diet if I was more educated about it.
  21. No, because it does not taste as good as meat.

The survey was conducted by the 16-year old Hailey Bilješković among her peers. If you want to learn more about a plant-based diet, check out this Practical guide to a Whole Food Plant-Based Diet or stop by one of the lectures.

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