Study Finds Veggies Fill You Up More Than Meat

You might be surprised to find that high-protein vegetables have been proven to be more filling than meat proteins.

Not only is a vegetarian diet healthier for the environment, it turns out it's better for your weight loss goals as well. According to a study by the University of Copenhagen, vegetable-based proteins like beans and peas can help you feel fuller longer than proteins from meats like beef, pork or veal. As meat cultivation is harder on the environment and climate change than vegetable production is, this new finding is just another reason that going vegetarian is a smart idea.

The study determined these findings by serving 43 men three different meals involving patties of either beans and peas, or veal and pork. The men who ate the patties consisting of vegetable proteins ate 12% fewer calories than the other participants, and they felt fuller longer.

Researchers believe this is thanks to the increased fiber intake from eating the beans and peas versus the meat. "The protein-rich meal composed of legumes contained significantly more fiber than the protein-rich meal of pork and veal, which probably contributed to the increased feeling of satiety," said head researcher, Professor Anne Raben of the University of Copenhagen's Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports.

Munchies reports that the vegetarian diet is becoming more mainstream, with even a new pea, bean and potato burger appearing at McDonald's in Singapore. It's growing in popularity for many reasons, not the least of which has to do with helping to protect the environment from the harsh effects of climate change. However, for those who need more reasons to give up their deliciously cholesterol-filled meat diets, I think this new study takes the cake … or beef.

You can feel fuller longer, you can get all of the protein and fiber you need, and you can lose weight and feel healthy without skipping meals. It's really a win-win. Now, if only we could find bean and pea burgers that taste as good as the beef burgers … There'd be nothing left to wish for! Except maybe cake and ice cream that's good for us.