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World Animal Protection US is sharing great news about the increase of plant-based meat options at fast food restaurants. Because of the United States’ continued interest in plant-based meat, approximately 110,000 cows and 140,000 pigs have been saved! Almost a quarter million animals.

Thanks to Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, animals have been saved from certain death. As restaurants from White Castle to Red Robin to Subway hop on the plant-based meat train, the results are in the animal lives.

Ben Williamson, the World Animal Protection US Programs Director and lead author said of the findings, “Until recently, the X factor has been that we don’t know who is eating these new plant-based sausages and burgers. Both survey and anecdotal research suggest that the vast majority of Impossible and Beyond purchases are from would-be meat-eaters, so the animal impact is very real and very estimable”.

Williamson said the animals saved is only a fraction of the 120 million pigs and 30 million cows sold for food each year. But that, “We expect to see these numbers continue to increase in 2020 as more Beyond and Impossible products are rolled out nationwide and more restaurants introduce their own inhouse versions, Plus, the next generation of available plant-based products will focus on chicken and fish and because these are smaller animals, they are processed in significantly higher numbers, this is when we’ll really see the numbers soar,” he said.

Read more about the rise of plant-based meat in One Green Planet, including Impossible Foods’ latest award and how plant-based options are coming to Domino’s and Taco Bell.

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Foods at Home!

While it’s great to have options at restaurants, it’s important to reduce our processed food intake as well and eating more homemade healthy plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health and more! Dairy consumption also has been linked many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, prostate cancer and has many side effects, so cutting out dairy will add great health benefits to your life Learn about some Common Health Concerns That May Disappear Once You Ditch Dairy and 10 Calcium Supplements For Healthy Living on a Dairy-Free and 10 Carrageenan-Free Non-Dairy Products!

For those of you interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App — with over 15,000 delicious recipes it is the largest meatless, plant-based, vegan and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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