Demand for plant-based protein rising amid COVID-19 pandemic
(Natural News) Consumer habits are changing due to the ongoing pandemic. Besides cleaning out toilet paper aisles and going organic, more and more people are opting for plant-based meat substitutes.
In fact, the demand for plant-based sources of protein has seen a resurgence across multiple countries since the beginning of the pandemic, according to recent reports from Reuters. Food suppliers speculate that this sudden boom in demand for plant protein might be due to health concerns regarding the potential dangers of meat consumption amid the pandemic.
But healthcare professionals speculate that there might be more to the resurgence of plant protein than health concerns about meat.
Editor’s note: Beware of all the toxic chemical additives found in artificial meat products. Nearly all popular artificial meats are made with GMOs, monosodium glutamate or other toxic chemicals. Many of the plant-based proteins, such as rice protein, are often contaminated with heavy metals, including arsenic. Fresh, unprocessed meat is actually much cleaner than most commercially available plant proteins.
COVID-19 is propelling the rise of plant-based meat substitutes
Dana Hunnes, a clinical inpatient dietitian at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, said that the increased interest in plant protein might be in response to a shortage of meat amid the pandemic.
On the other hand, four in 10 U.S. adults said that a burger made from plants is healthier than a burger made from ground beef, according to a recent report from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation.
The same report found that consumers considered a product healthier if its nutrition fact label listed more nutrients.
Despite these findings, Kris Sollid, a registered dietitian and the senior director of nutrition communications at the IFIC, said that it’s still difficult to understand the sudden increase in the consumption of plant protein. For one thing, countries don’t go through identical food shortage situations, if at all.
Sollid added that purchasing habits among consumers still differ. For instance, their report found that 40 percent of the consumers studied paid closer attention to finding their go-to products. Thirty-eight percent, on the other hand, paid more attention to their budget for groceries.
Despite different possible factors influencing the resurgence of plant protein, the fact remains that there is an increased interest in plant-based meat substitutes amid the pandemic.