A Quarter of Americans Started to Eat More Plant Food
A survey was taken in order to find out how the eating habits of Americans had changed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Researchers found out that nearly a quarter of Americans started eating more plant food and nearly a tenth increased their meat intake. Such changing could be dictated by the circumstances which the shutdown had created.
Plant food such as grains, vegetables, fruits, canned products, nuts, and seeds last longer than animal-based products such as meat, dairy, and eggs. Obviously, Americans are paying more attention to the selection of products now.
The majority of people started thinking about their health which had nudged them to include more plant products in their basket. Vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are included in the plant-based products are necessary for human health and the immune system.
Demand for plant food is increasing by ten percent annually reflecting the increasing interest in vegan and vegetarian diets.
A recent coronavirus pandemic could explain such changes also. It is believed that animal wet markets and an unsustainable meat industry had caused the coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 pandemic has shocked the entire world and it is not a surprise that people are giving preference to plant food more than before.
Such changes in eating habits is a good sign both for the planet and people. A plant-based diet and reduction on animal-based product consumption benefit the environment and humanity in a form of a healthier life and cleaner environment.
Coronavirus pandemic brought several positive changes to the environment. Scientists had noticed that wildlife is returning to its habitats because of lowered human activity. Air pollution had been reduced as well as many people started using bicycles instead of public transport.