World Health Organization recently conducted a survey where they concluded that plant-based eating is more popular than meat. In fact, more than 52% of Americans claimed to be vegetarian. The WHO also notes that the number of vegetarians has increased 600% from 2014 to 2017.
Reason: Research shows that greens combat many diseases including heart diseases, cancer, and diabetes. According to scientists, the plant-eaters are able to consume more fiber, vitamin C and E, magnesium, potassium, and folate than meat-eaters.
Additionally, the vegetarians said that changing their diet from meat-based to plant has increased their productivity at work and makes them feel better. Growing concern over environmental and ethical issues has also led many Americans to change their dietary demands.
Although they are reluctant to give up meat altogether, the non-vegetarians do approve with the plant-eaters regarding the benefits. Specifically, the millennials who are more cautious of their health have limited their intake of meat significantly to reap in some advantage.
The growing demand for vegetarian items has led many fast-food giants to rethink their menus as well. This includes Burger King, TGI Friday’s, KFC, and White Castle who are (or will soon be) adding meat alternatives to their menus.
Besides vegetable, preference for non-dairy alternatives has also grown amongst Americans. Today, the Americans are drinking less milk than always and the demand for milk alternatives has increased by 61%. According to the survey, the industry for plant-based food and drink has grown more than 268% since 2012 as well.
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