Less Meat, More Green: The Trend of Plant-Based Food
Being health conscious is not a food trend that is going away anytime soon. Consumers want to eat consciously, intentionally, and nutritiously. One of the ways that continues to gain popularity is to swap meat for plant-based alternatives. Meat isn’t the trendiest form of protein anymore. Numerous factors, including overall health and positives for the environment, contribute to the continued popularity of plant-based alternatives to meat. More and more people are understanding the implications on their health and the environment of what they eat, and making different choices because of it.
The human body needs protein and, for a lot of people, protein means meat. But, we are becoming more aware that there are countless other ways to get the protein we need. We’ve all heard about getting our fruits and vegetables, but we are beginning to see them as a legitimate, protein-packed option. Consumers are increasingly looking to eat less meat, from fully plant-based diets to going meat-free a few days a week.
There is no shortage of options when it comes to meatless meals and snacks. Mushrooms can be transformed into a kind of “bacon.” Textured vegetable proteins take the place of ground beef. Al dente cauliflower shredded over nachos replaces the chewiness of chicken. Fruits like oranges and cranberries are a staple of nutrient-packed protein meal bars. All of these products promote a healthier way of living on an individual level, and can also have effects on a larger scale.
Plant alternatives are a personal choice that can have a father reach than some might think. Julie Mann, a global plant protein program manager, told Food Business News, “This is truly a paradigm shift. Plant based is becoming a pillar of food infrastructure. The changes we are making today may influence the future well-being of the people as well as our planet.”
How does eating less meat help the environment? Meat is more expensive to produce and process than most fruits and vegetables. Moreover, plants require fewer resources like water and space. Choosing meat-free alternatives is environmentally and nutritiously friendly.
Benefit from plant-based trends by boosting the amount of high-protein fruits and vegetables in a countless array of products. Consumers want more choices, and that opens up endless possibilities when you give them.
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