Incorporating plant-based protein foods into your diet has benefits for your health and the future of the planet
In the F&B industry, plant-based protein foods are certainly gaining momentum and quickly. This growth of the plant-based industry is largely because of plant-based foods being alternatives to meat and alternative sources of protein. Right from restaurants to many large brands worldwide, plant-based protein foods have created a buzz in the food industry.
Dibyendu Bindal, Founder & CEO of Mighty Foods, talks about developments in the plant-based protein food market in recent years that inspired him to start his venture. He believes that knowing these facts will entice you to shift to a more meatless life.
- Meatless-Meat Products Are Now Available In The Market
It would not be an overstatement to say that plant-based protein foods are on the verge of making it into the mainstream F&B market. One of the major benefits for consumers adopting plant-based protein foods is that they suit people with varied dietary preferences. Food brands are tapping into this trend of convenience that has increased the availability of plant-based protein foods in the market to a certain extent.
For many, the introduction of meatless-meat products is one of the reasons why they want to try – if not switch to – a plant-based protein diet. In recent years, there has been a growth of consumers who have included plant-based meat in their diet without giving up on animal meat, in fact, 42% of global consumers identify themselves as flexitarians. The plant-based diet is not everywhere, but it’s certainly part of the future of food.
- Plant-Based Protein-Rich Diets Come With Benefits
Fewer calories, less saturated fat, and low cholesterol – all these make plant-based protein foods a healthier option compared to animal meat. Above all, plant-based protein food is the new champion when it comes to boosting fibre and increasing protein intake. It also has a host of other benefits such as plenty of vitamins, minerals and other micronutrients that ensure a healthy diet.
If you’re keen on keeping health problems such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes or any other kind of chronic metabolic health conditions away, start including plant-based protein foods in your diet. As an added bonus: one of the most natural ways of reducing inflammation in your body is by indulging in a plant-based protein-rich diet. It will help neutralise all the bacteria, pollution and toxins in your body, thereby reducing inflammation.
- Plant-Based Protein Foods Are Environment-Friendly
What if I told you that there’s a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions, both in one go? I’m talking about the perceived future of the food industry- plant-based protein food! Add plant-based protein foods to your diet and you’ll become a more conscious consumer.
A recent survey on food limits and the environment stated that the impact of the increasing population and its consumption of red meat along with the food system facing environmental pressures is likely to increase to almost 90% by 2050. With a plant-based protein-rich diet, you have a choice to eat for the planet. You can choose to be a vegetarian, a flexitarian or a reducetarian. This small shift will pave the way for a sustainable future of the planet.
- There’s A Variety In Plant-Based Protein Foods
You’ll be surprised to know that not only does plant-based protein food have variety, but it also has several options for you to increase your protein intake. If you’re one of those people who’s wary about switching to plant-based protein foods, here’s what you can do: start Meatless Mondays and have plant-based protein foods such as soybeans that resemble the texture and taste of red meat. And, if you have friends or relatives who believe that plant-based protein foods won’t taste good, go ahead and surprise them! You can cook with plant-based ingredients and show them how easygoing and tasty it actually is.
- The Plant-Based Protein Food Industry Is Growing
The plant-based protein market has been growing rapidly in recent years; Statista has revealed that the growth by 2030 is predicted to be almost $77.8. From being seen as a trend to becoming a viable option, plant-based protein foods have beaten the misconception of being a passing fad.
Right from potato milk to meatless burgers, there have been many innovations in the plant-based protein food industry. Whether it’s the dairy segment or the fast-food sector, the number of plant-based protein food options to choose from has contributed to their demand. Many believe plant-based protein food is the future of food.
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