No longer relegated to the fringes of society where for so long it was mocked for being ‘weird’ or ‘extreme’, veganism and Plant Based bakery supplies is going mainstream. Going plant-based doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing way of eating. Overall, more people are eating fewer animal products and more whole plant foods — which can be great steps for health and for the environment.
According to a forecast report by restaurant consultancy group Baum + Whiteman in New York, “plant-based” will be the food trend of 2018. Sales of plant-based food in the US went up by 8.1% during the past year, topping $3.1 billion, according to research carried out by Nielsen for the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA) and the Good Food Institute.
Nestlé, the largest food company in the world, predicts that plant-based foods will continue to grow and … this trend is “here to stay.”
International delivery service ‘Just Eat’ named veganism as a top consumer trend in 2018 — due to a 94% increase in “healthy food ordered”.
And similarly, according to data released by GrubHub, the top takeaway marketplace in the U.S., orders for plant-based food have reached a new high. In particular, users chose vegan food 19% more in the first half of 2017 than in the first half of 2016.
What is the difference between Vegan & Plant Based Bakery Supplies?
People who eat a vegan diet do not eat animal-based products, including meat, dairy, eggs, or animal-derived ingredients, like honey. This lifestyle extends beyond excluding food and ingredients made from animal products and is carried over to everyday life stuff.
Shoes, clothes, accessories, makeup, shampoo—anything made with materials that come from animals, like leather, silk, wool, gelatin, beeswax, lanolin, etc., is off the table.
Just like the vegan diet, people who eat a whole food plant-based diet avoid animal-based products, including meat, dairy, and eggs.
Unlike vegan, plant based only refers to diet. Plant based eaters try to avoid processed foods and focus on whole food free from additives. This way of eating is based around unprocessed or minimally processed veggies, fruit, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.
Let’s take the example of honey to make it more clear: Although honey is technically not a plant or made from a plant, many people who follow a plant based diet that do not identify as vegans will eat honey.
Why buy plant based?
It’s good for your health.
Roughly 387 million people are living with diabetes, and according to the International Diabetes Federation, that number is expected to soar to nearly 600 million by 2035. Studies claim a whole food, plant-based diet can prevent and even reverse a litany of food and lifestyle-borne illnesses, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Plants contain NO cholesterol, even saturated sources like coconut and cacao. While you should balance your fat intake no matter your diet, a plant-based way of eating is one of the simplest ways to lower cholesterol.
It’s good for our environment
More than half of all water consumed in the U.S. is used for animal agriculture. The meat and dairy industry uses a full third of the entire planet’s fresh water.
When it comes to global climate change, we tend to focus on the impact of fossil fuel use and hot-button issues like fracking. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of all greenhouse gas emissions, more than the exhaust from all transportation combined. A plant-based diet can cut your carbon footprint by a full 50%.
Livestock covers 45% of the Earth’s total land, and nearly half of the contiguous U.S. is devoted to animal agriculture. One and a half acres of land can produce 375 pounds of meat, or 37,000 pounds of plant food. In other words, eating meat requires 18 times the amount of land necessary to feed someone eating plant-based.
Every minute, 7 million pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the U.S. In fact, a farm with 2,500 dairy cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 41,000 people.
Animal agriculture is responsible for up to 91% of Amazon destruction, and one to two acres of rain forest are cleared every minute for grazing and growing feed for livestock.
It’s good for the animals
When eating plant based, no animals are harmed in the making of your food. Every person who eats a plant-based diet saves 100 – 200 animals per year.
Flourish believes eating plant based can have a positive impact on health and therefore likes to incorporate plant based ingredients into your product offer. Try out our plant based ingredients and recipes today.