Can you believe we are almost two thirds the way through 2021? I’m so late in discussing what’s trending in the vegan and plant-based world this year. It makes for very interesting reading. Most people by now must surely be aware of the increase in eating in a manner that doesn’t harm animals and has less of an impact on the planet. There’ll always be those people and organisations of course that will do their best to refute the others argument. As you will know, if you follow my blog, I turned to a whole-food, plant-based lifestyle for health reasons. As a consequence, I have learned that our traditional way of eating not only causes harm to animals and our planet but to us as well. I was never a big meat eater but I did enjoy most dairy products. All I can say is through switching to the whole-food plant-based (wfpb) ‘lifestyle I have never felt better and I feel that I’m doing what I can not only for me, but my family and the environment, in my own small way.
So, to highlight just a few of the trends
- Healthier and less processed plant-based meals are here. There are shorter ingredient labels and a move to less fat and fewer additives.
- Cheaper plant based foods. One of my pet hates is that foods that are considered healthier come at a premium cost.
- 2020 was the year of Covid but also the year that alternative proteins went mainstream (in part because of the pandemic).
- The bio sector revolution is happening. Cell based meat matures. Get ready for totally animal free food in the form of cultured chicken etc.
- There’s renewed focus on plant based cheese.
- Better, more eco responsible packaging for Plant-Based products. Sustainability is a 360 degree affair. As well as eating less animal products, we need to stop using plastic, embrace reusable and, dare I say it, stop shopping so much! We have to move away from the throw away society we have become.
- More supermarkets are embracing the change in our eating habits and have their own label vegan and plant-based ranges.
- There’s a rise in veganic farming – an agricultural approach to growing food that is based on respect for animals as well as the environment and human health. Were you aware that organic agriculture permits the use of animal-based fertilisers (manure, bone meal, fish emulsion, egg shells?). Vegan farming uses plant-based options.
- Another trend in 2021 – fish-free seafood! Watch this space!!
All of the above is adapted from an article produced by green queen.com.hk
There’s much more in the article than I have detailed here. I recommend anyone to read it whether you eat a traditional or alternative diet. I prefer to use lifestyle rather than diet because I’m 21 months into eating wfpb and can’t envisage me eating any other way. If ever I deviate from it, I get right back to it at the very next meal. No diet has ever had that impact on me before.
I in no way reproduce any of the information above stating it as fact. My aim is to promote discussion that is, excuse the pun – seriously interesting food for thought! There is no denying that alternative lifestyle choices are on the increase. There’s also no denying that the big corporations are on board with it, recognising that those wishing to eat less or no meat will seriously impact their profit margins if they don’t move with the times and provide choices for all their customers.
For my part, I seriously need to think about growing my own food. That in itself will be a challenge for someone who doesn’t possess a green thumb or have any successful previous success growing plants!
I will again stress that I am not 100% wfpb, but I do strive to be. I do use convenience foods from time to time and when I eat out, I aim to get as close to 100% as I can but don’t beat myself up when I fall short.
All vegetables, seeds, grains and fruits are plant-based, but here you have meatless burgers and sausages etc. Of course, many supermarkets have their own branded vegan and plant-based foods. I have tried a few and have been very pleased with most of them. However, I’m always conscious of the amount of ingredients and additives they contain. So it’s good to read that the big companies are planning to reduce these in their products. Can’t wait to see where this all leads!
Of course, Making your own food from whole foods gives you peace of mind from knowing exactly what goes in to the food you prepare. But, I appreciate not everyone has the time to make everything from scratch.
I hope this has been informative. It is never my intention to preach or force my opinion on any one else. Just sharing what changing to a healthier lifestyle has done for me.
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