We’re living in the future. We’re rapidly approaching the historical moment where we’ll be able to buy sustainable vegan meat grown in a lab. There are cars that can parallel park themselves (do kids who have these cars still have to complete the dreaded parallel park on their driving tests?). There is such a thing as 3D printed cauliflower crusts. And thanks to the rise in the popularity of takeout delivery services like Seamless, Postmates, and Grubhub, we can order our food delivered right to our door — even if that restaurant doesn’t have their own delivery service. We can literally order vegan pancakes on a Saturday morning without getting out of bed or talking to another human being on the phone. Thank you, technology!
Our food habits are also evolving. Now more than ever, consumers are paying attention to what’s in their food, where it comes from, and shopping with their values. Highly processed foods are falling out of favor and Americans, in general, are eating less meat and dairy. A recent report released by Grubhub that details the healthy eating habits of Americans in 2016 reflects these changes. According to the data, the company saw a 58 percent increase in the number of vegan food orders placed in just one year. While the vegan diet didn’t top Grubhub’s charts in terms of the most popular healthy food habits, it was preceded by juice cleanses and the raw food diet – both of which are typically vegan.
What does this data say? For starters, it reinforces that meat and dairy are falling out of favor with consumers. One-third of Americans now identify as flexitarian, choosing to leave meat off their plate more frequently. Milk consumption has been steadily declining by 25 percent per capita since the mid-1970s. Meanwhile, the plant-based meat and plant-based milk markets continue to grow. The plant-based milk industry has grown by 250 percent in just five years while the market for plant-based meat substitutes is estimated to grow to $5.2 billion by 2020. Not to mention, more restaurants are making it easier than ever to order plant-based.
There’s no denying that the future of food has arrived — and it’s vegan. And with takeout delivery services like Grubhub, you don’t even have to leave the house if you want to try to cut back on meat and dairy.
There’s no doubt that this is fantastic news — but if you like to cook, check out the Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone. With over 8,000 vegan recipes (and over 10 new recipes added daily), you’re going to find something you love!
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