Letter: Plant-based options may help achieve resolutions

Plant-based options may
help achieve resolutions

Holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink and be merry versus the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight and embrace a plant-based diet.

A third of consumers report reducing intake of animal protein. Cafeterias at schools, colleges, hospitals and corporate boardrooms, and fast-food chains are embracing and offering plant-based options. A dozen start-ups are creating healthy, eco-friendly, compassionate, convenient, delicious meat and dairy alternatives. Meat industry giants, along with Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and PayPal, have invested heavily in plant-based meat development.

According to Plant-Based Foods Association, plant-based food sales have grown by 20% in recent years, 10 times the growth rate of all foods.

Sales of plant-based cheeses, creamers, butter, yogurts and ice creams are exploding at a 50% growth rate. Plant-based milks now account for 15% of the milk market. So explore your favorite supermarket, restaurants and food websites.

Jeff Garner
Walnut Creek

 

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Source: mercurynews
Letter: Plant-based options may help achieve resolutions