Yalies are following the lead of Natalie Portman, Bill Clinton and Charlie Sheen
Let’s get right to the meat of it.
Students at Yale order vegetarian and vegan dishes 130% more often than do students at other schools, according to new data from food delivery service Grubhub. That’s followed by Harvard (86% more) and Wesleyan (79% more).
10 schools that order the most vegetarian and vegan dishes
Yale, 130% more
Harvard, 86% more
Wesleyan College, 79% more
MIT, 53% more
University of Michigan, 52% more
Boston University, 50% more
Emory University, 48% more
George Washington University, 40% more
Brandeis University, 37% more
University of Pennsylvania, 36% more
Some of this, of course, is that “college can be a time of culinary exploration for many students. It’s the first time students are away from mom and dad, and they get the chance to explore new ways to fuel the body and soul,” Kaitlyn Carl, a spokesperson for GrubHub, tells Moneyish.
It’s also part of a larger trend towards more people wanting to try veganism and vegetarianism on for size, she adds. “We’ve seen orders for vegan and vegetarian dishes grow in popularity (for orders outside of just college students) this year alone by 19%,” she says. Plus, Google searches for the term vegan have been climbing steadily for the past two years, and one study showed that the number of vegans in Britain rose 360% over 10 years.
That many notable celebrities are embracing the vegan lifestyle may be giving a boost to the trend. Wild man actor Charlie Sheen began shunning meat and dairy this year; Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Mike Tyson, Alicia Silverstone, Usher and Ellen DeGeneres are also reportedly vegan. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman and Carrie Underwood are reportedly vegetarians.
While it may seem that being a vegan could save you money, that’s not always the case –– as writer Antonia Noori Farzan found when she gave up meat and dairy. Her monthly food costs after becoming a vegan rose from $270 a month to $375 a month. “Yes, rice and beans cost less than meat and cheese. But if you’ve given up meat and dairy products for environmental, health, spiritual, or moral reasons, you probably miss many of the foods that you used to enjoy,” she explains. “And you probably find that the soy/rice/almond/coconut-based alternatives are far more expensive than the real thing.”
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