Health consciousness and eco-friendliness have prompted millennials to champion veganism as a new way of life. The vegan diet is based on the concept of consuming anything that is not meat, dairy, eggs, and animal by-products. Furthermore, vegans are classified into five different groups, namely, dietary vegans, junk food vegans, low-fat vegans, raw food vegans, and whole- food vegans. Each of these types of veganism is based on the variety of foods consumed.
Benefits of a Vegan Diet
There are a lot of prejudices surrounding veganism, one of them being related to potential adverse effects it has on a human body and health. However, adding more vegetables and fruit to your diet can help prevent cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, help you lose weight, and similar. The more prominent benefit found through research is the ability to reduce the risk of prostate cancer by 35%. This aspect is especially profound, given its reputation as the second most common form of cancer.
Veganism and the Environment
Veganism in this modern era is also a part of the movement directed at helping our environment. That is one of the main reasons for going vegan as concerns over the relationship between livestock and the environment are on the rise. If human beings increase the consumption of livestock foods, a demand for more land, water, and food for livestock will increase as well. Besides, agricultural emissions are contributing to water and air pollution. Therefore, the expansion of the vegan food market is only logical. It was valued at $12.69 billion as of 2018. The growth does not stop there, as it is expected to become a food market worth $24.06 billion by 2025. The most notable trends in the ever growing food market are vegan yogurt, vegan cheese, and vegan ice cream.
The vegan trend has established its presence globally, with around 40% of Americans shifting toward a more plant-based diet. The trend also sweeps across Europe as the demand for meat substitutes is on the rise. In 2020, the global demand for plant-based diet will grow by 8.4%. The vegan diet trend is expanding and gaining momentum for a good cause. To gain a better understanding of the whole vegan movement, check out the following infographic for more information.
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