Becoming a vegetarian is one way to help combat global warming, but will it make you smarter?

A new study shows that intelligent children are more likely to become vegetarians later in life. Researchers in the UK found that people who were vegetarians by age 30 had an IQ five points higher at the age of 10. There was no difference in IQ scores between strict vegetarians and people who said they were basically vegetarian but also ate fish or chicken.

Vegetarians are more likely to be female, to have more education and (therefore) a better job and to be in a higher social class. However, they don?t necessarily earn more money.

But what comes first? BBC News quotes researcher Frankie Phillips says, “It is like the chicken and the egg. Do people become vegetarian because they have a very high IQ or is it just that they tend to be more aware of health issues?”

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