As awareness spreads about the detrimental impact of eating meat, people are seeking other options. The number of people going vegan and vegetarian continues to rise every year, and so, the demand for plant-based varieties is bigger than ever before.
In the world of seemingly endless options and variety that we live in, supermarkets boast hundreds of shelves filled with thousands of variations of our favorite foods. People on plant-based diets are not willing to settle for soups and salads—they want the real foodie experience, burgers and all.
Now, plant-based meat substitutes are becoming increasingly popular and more meat-like all the time. They look, smell, taste, and feel eerily similar to actual animal meat, and they satisfy that craving.
The plant-based meat industry is growing by 20% every year. We expect to see a lot more sales and many more plant-based meat products in the year 2019. Even meat eaters are chowing down on meat substitutes because they’re just that good.
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Why Are People Opting for Plant-Based Foods?
The trend is on the rise—but why? Meatless Mondays are starting to spread to every other day of the week as well for many people out there. These are just some of the reasons so many are choosing vegan and vegetarian lifestyles.
For the Environment
Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. Suffice it to say that eating animal products is not environmentally friendly. Enormous amounts of pollution are created through feeding, raising, transporting, and preparing animal foods for human consumption.
For Their Health
There’s no denying that a meat-free lifestyle contributes to smaller waistbands, lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, less inflammation, better digestion, and higher energy levels. As long as you’re supplementing to get those nutrients that a plant-based diet lacks—like vitamin B12—then a plant-based, vegan, or vegetarian diet can do wonders for your health. (1)
For the Animals
Sure there are exceptions, but the majority of animals that are raised for food are treated quite poorly. In order to be cost-effective for the farmers, animals are given limited space and dirty living conditions, and that’s not even the half of it. When you consider that pigs are more intelligent and sensitive than dogs, it may make you think twice before biting into that BLT.
The rate at which the world is currently consuming…