As you know, there is a great concern among the population for the consumption of products of animal origin, and more and more people are trying to avoid it.
According to the consultant of innovation Lantern, almost 7.8% of Spaniards are only eat veggies of which 0.2% are vegans, 1.2% vegetarians and 6.3% flexitarians. There are already more than 800 establishments exclusively targeted to these people in our country, with very significant growth in recent years.
It’s speculated that in the future 80% of our diets will be based on vegetables, which means that many establishments will have to adapt to these changes and will begin to offer many more dishes made with vegetables.
The reasons why people choose to follow this model of life in 60% of cases is for ethical or animalistic reasons, 21% due to sustainability and 17% for health reasons.
There are many variants of vegetarianism, some of them are the flexitarians that consume a vegetable diet with a consumption of some animal products, the raw vegan consumer who only eat products of vegetable origin without exceeding 40 degrees C in its cooking, since it’s considered that from the temperature the food begins to lose its properties, and the vegan that does not consume any product of animal origin.
As a curious fact, we could mention two aspects that seem more strict to us and are less common. The germívoros, who feed exclusively on some plant sprouts, legumes, cereals and seeds. Also the frugivorous or better known as frutarianos, that eat only fruits that nature gives, and even have a much more radical branch, as some of them also eliminate the possibility of eating fruits that to obtain, require killing the plant and only consume those fruits that for natural reasons fall on their own.
You can see that it’s an increasingly strong trend and that it’s gaining more importance, not only in our country, but in the whole world.
Text: Elena Olaran
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