2017 Food Trend: Flexitarian is the new Vegetarian
We all know that eating less meat is good for our health and good for the environment. However, for many, social pressure creates the fear that once you go vegetarian or vegan you can never eat meat again without begin seen as a hypocrite – until now! The major predicted food trend of 2017 is flexitarianism – touted as a more realistic and achievable alternative to vegetarianism or veganism.
A flexitarian might only eat meat on weekends or when eating out socially. The idea is that it is up to the individual to find what works best for their lifestyle. Meat Free Monday has been popular for years, and this is essentially an extension of that. It is an opportunity to explore more vegetable-based dishes without the pressure to adhere to a 100% plant-based diet.
Many still want the illusion of meat products and as a result veggie “meats” have become more popular than ever. This growing demand for plant-based foods in addition to the rising cost of meat production is expected to drive more kitchens and food brands to invest in developing better vegan-friendly meat substitutes. Restaurants all over America are also becoming more vegetable focused.
Studies show that reducing your meat consumption has many health benefits including reduced risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease. It also has major environmental benefits. Some studies have estimated that the livestock sector could be responsible for as much as 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
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