1.5 percentage points The great majority of Spaniards eat omnivorously. According to the most recent studies, approximately 90% of Spaniards ate an omnivorous diet in 2019, compared to 1.5 percent who identified as vegetarians during the same time period.
Spaniards are not very likely to identify as a vegetarian. In fact, according to data from EUROPEP, an average of 1.5 percent of Spaniards were vegetarian in 2011. This proportion had remained largely constant since then.
In 2019, more than half of all Spaniards said they were neither vegan nor vegetarian, according to the most recent statistics available from the European Food Safety Authority.
Vegetarianism is much more common in certain parts of Spain. For example, among people living in Madrid, 12% described themselves as vegetarians in 2011. However, fewer people live in Madrid than in other regions of Spain, so the number of vegetarians per 100 people was lower there (1.3 vs. 2.7).
Overall, men were less likely than women to be classified as vegetarians in 2011. Among both men and women, older individuals were also more likely to be classified as vegetarians. There was no significant difference between those with higher or lower levels of education.
Vegetarian diets have been popular in Europe for many centuries.
Vegetarians account for 7% of the population. Spain ranks 15th on our list of nations with the greatest rates of vegetarianism, with around 7% of its population following a vegetarian diet. Vegetarianism appears to be gaining popularity in Europe recently. According to one estimate, the number of vegetarians in Europe increased by more than 1 million between 2001 and 2005.
Vegans are considered to be vegetarian for health reasons or because of their beliefs. There are only about 5,000 vegans in the world, most of them in North America. Japan has the highest rate of veganism, with about 1 in 50 people doing so.
The United Kingdom has the highest proportion of vegetarians among adults (16%). This is followed by Sweden, France, and Italy. In terms of population size, India has the highest number of vegetarians, at about 14% of the total population. This is followed by China, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
Of the countries that report data, all but Israel and South Korea include meat consumption in their definitions of vegetarianism. This means that even if you exclude meat products from your diet, you will still be classified as vegetarian if you also avoid fish and seafood.
Overall, women are more likely than men to be vegetarian. The main reasons cited by vegetarians are health concerns, including allergies and issues related to nutrition and weight loss.
Lantern, a consultant business, conducted a poll of 2,000 people in Spain in 2017 and discovered that 6.3 percent considered themselves flexitarians, which implies they normally avoid meat but have not completely given up on it. Vegetarians eat dairy, eggs, and honey and make up 1.3 percent of the population. Vegans are even fewer at 0.4 percent.
In terms of gender distribution, women are more likely to be vegetarian or vegan than men, though this difference is growing smaller over time. While men make up 70 percent of the total meat consumption in Spain, women account for almost half of the vegetable intake.
Vegetarianism is most common in young adults between 20 and 39 years old. One reason may be that this is when people start thinking about what they will do with their life later in life and therefore begin to consider whether or not they want to include certain products into their diet that involve killing animals. Also, students tend to be more aware of what goes into the food they eat so they can afford the prices of the university cafeteria!
The most common motivations for becoming vegetarian or vegan are environmental protection (72 percent), health concerns (67 percent), animal welfare (64 percent), and ethical reasons (58 percent).