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Better Sex, Health And Moods: Reasons You Should Date A Vegetarian

30/01/2014 11:50 GMT | Updated 31/01/2014 13:59 GMT

Despite recent findings that 30% of omnivores wouldn't date a vegetarian (talk about a kick in the face), it turns out there are plenty of reasons to date a herbivore.

Besides the fact that some non-meat eaters are pretty damn sexy (see slideshow below for a visual cue), you'll be pleased to know that hooking up with a veggie doesn't mean you're doomed to a life of tofu and quinoa.

There are some pretty compelling benefits, not least a better sex life, better moods and health. More details below...

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#1 Vegetarians are great in the sack

Need we go on?

A study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior has linked the veggie diet with increased sexual activity, according to MailOnline. Certain plant products contain so-called sex hormones phytoestrogens, which may influence humans sex lives.

What's more: Veggies prefer giving oral sex. According to a study by dating site OKCupid, 9:1 male vegetarians enjoy giving oral sex, compared to a 7:1 non-vegetarian males, which is measly by comparison. The same trend can be seen for veggie ladies too. Hurrah!

Peta also link the veggie diet with virility in recent ad campaign 'Stay Firm And Fresh'.

#2 They are healthier

Vegetarians are less likely to develop health problems such as heart disease, cancer risk and cognitive decline, according to recent studies.

The Vegetarian Times says that meat-free diet is inherently more healthy than an omnivore diet: "Vegetarians consume less animal fat and cholesterol (vegans consume no animal fat or cholesterol) and instead consume more fibre and more antioxidant-rich produce—."

#3 Vegetarians are happier than their meat-chomping counterparts

Eating more fruit and veg can improve moods according to a study by British Journal of Health Psychology. In a clinical trial of 300 people, increased intake of plant-based produce lead to greater calmness and feelings of happiness.

A study, published in Nutrition Journal, concluded that omnivores experienced better moods when restricting meat intake. Authors wrote: "Restricting meat, fish, and poultry improved some domains of short-term mood state in modern omnivores. To our knowledge, this is the first trial to examine the impact of restricting meat, fish, and poultry on mood state in omnivores."

Vegetarian Celebrities

[H/T Buzzfeed]