The latest study has shown that the UK could expect to save £5.2 billion if 10% of the general public adopted a plant-based diet.
The research was conducted by the University of Ghent which concluded that the £5.2 billion saving would be made through a reduction in health and economic costs as a result of more people eating a plant-based diet.
The study also looked at previous studies and found that there would be a further economic saving of £7.54 billion if 10% of the public incorporated more soy-based products.
Lead study author, Lieven Annemans, said: “Our research demonstrates that increasing plant-based eating is cost-effective, reduces economic costs, such as hospital admissions and doctors’ bills, as well as increasing the number of healthy years people live, and enabling them to continue having an active life,”
“Our study has the potential to contribute to the way healthy eating is promoted.”
As plant-based diets have surged in popularity, an increasing number of studies have shown that plant-based diets combat many chronic illnesses and widely reduce the possibility of developing diseases such as cancer, osteoperosis and heart disease.