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  Quarter of veggies admit cheating
Updated 08 June 2004, 10.54
Meat is too tempting for some veggies
Almost a quarter of people in the UK claiming to be vegetarians confessed to cheating by eating red meat.

Around 20% admit to tucking into poultry every now and then, while more than half don't seem to think eating fish is a big deal.

Food experts think veggies are straying because they are learning that red meat and fish can be really good for them.

The survey found that only 42% of vegetarians stuck to a diet with no red meat, poultry or fish.

Vegetables aren't enough for some vegetarians
Vegetables aren't enough for some vegetarians
The TNS family food group asked 11,000 people what they were eating and found around 4% of those they asked claimed to be veggies.

That figure hasn't changed much in recent years, and dietician and nutritionist Juliette Kellow thinks it's because a balanced diet is becoming more important than the moral choice to be a vegetarian.

She added that a rise in the number of people eating red meat and fish, which provide important things like protein and iron, shows how people are taking more care of what they eat.

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