Plant Based Foods
Why Plant Based Foods are Taking Off
Over just the last few years, plant based foods have been seeing a huge spike in not only acceptance, but actual desirability. This isn't accounted for just by an increase in people who are choosing to be vegetarian or vegan. It's happening because the plant-based food industry has started making products that actually taste good.
Originally, makers of vegan foods focused on trying to make their products taste like meat. While some still do this, and a few have actually become pretty good at it, another part of the industry decided that it would be better to let plant based foods shine for what they are. Now, some manufacturers make a range of products, encompassing both ideals.
One of the keys to the wider acceptance of vegan foods is that they no longer taste like they're meant for rabbits or horses. Instead, they incorporate sweet fruits that greatly improve palatability. If the food isn't meant to be sweet, it is processed in such a way as to ensure that it has the usual key factors that make things taste good: Spices, crispiness, and the right amount of resistance when chewing are some of them.
Now that these key elements can be easily found in vegan foods, they are appealing even to those who would not ordinarily eschew meat. Many have found the veggie-burger sold at a major fast food chain to be a hit, and people are also seeking out plant-based snacks.
Are these changes enough to get more people to move to completely plant-based diets? They may indeed sway some to make the change. Others will be more likely to replace some of their snacks and meals with plant-based versions, thereby reducing their meat consumption even if they aren't ready to switch to a fully plant-based diet.