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Vegan dining is undeniably growing, with an increase in vegan restaurants in the UK and elsewhere in the world.
Vegan menu options at restaurants that serve animal products are more common now, too. In fact, The Press Herald recently reported that even those who eat meat at home are increasingly likely to order vegan food when dining out, and magazine Marie Claire did a story featuring some of the great options for vegetarians and vegans at UK and Ireland eateries.
According to the Harris Poll by the Vegetarian Resource Group, well over a third of the non-vegetarian people who responded to their poll sometimes order vegetarian meals when dining out. The reasons that were given for choosing the veggie dish include health, cost, and animals.
Some people order off the vegan menu out of concern for horrible damage that the meat industry is doing to the environment. (After all, agriculture is responsible for at least a third of greenhouse gas emissions, with around half of that coming from livestock.)
Others order from the vegan menu because they fear otherwise having a dairy allergy ignored. Many people choose vegan dishes because they are watching their cholesterol or otherwise trying to avoid the negative consequences that eating meat can have on humans, too.
When talking about vegan dining, what many people don’t consider is that nearly everyone eats a lot of vegan food already. Of course, fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, legumes, and many other dietary staples are already vegan.
People can enjoy foods they already love when feeling adventurous and ordering from the vegan menu. Half the fun can be trying new flavors and foods that people never bothered with while eating animal-based products.
Tyson Foods, the biggest producer of meat in the United States, even invested in Beyond Meat and also launched a venture capital fund to invest in startups that aim to develop meat substitutes. The CEO even hinted that the future is looking a lot more vegan, and earlier this year stated: “Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”
Going into 2017, Modern Restaurant Management, a popular online restaurant magazine, predicted that plant-based protein would be served in more and more restaurants. According to the magazine, the industry is undeniably growing, and 'we will be seeing vegetable proteins throughout our dining experiences'.
That prediction seems to be on solid ground.
It’s easy to see why vegan dining would appeal to anyone. A chef is only limited by their imagination in what they can do with vegan ingredients, and the public increasingly wants healthier, more affordable, and more compassionate food choices.
When going out to eat, people can order vegan options and enjoy a delectable meal with all the flavor they crave and the nutrition they need. Why, then, would anyone order a meat-based dish with all the harm it can cause the environment, one’s personal health, and, of course, the animals who were killed for it?
It seems the world is waking up to the fact that vegan dining is, indeed, the future.
Robin Raven is the author of Santa’s First Vegan Christmas. She has written for publications such as The Malibu Times, Alabama Baby & Child Magazine, the official website of Melissa Gilbert, and USAToday.com. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and is now furthering her education. Robin often has her nose in a book and her arms around a rescued animal. She’s a vegan foodie who blogs at RobinRaven.com and loves to connect with readers on social media. You can follow her @RobinRaven on Twitter.
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