McDonald’s Has Officially Launched A Vegan Burger
McDonald’s Has Officially Launched A Vegan Burger
Written by: Kat Gal
Veganism is IN and it’s here to stay!
Back in 2014, only about 1% of the U.S. population was vegan. By 2017 the number of those identifying as a vegan has grown to 6%. The U.S. is not alone. In Great Britain, the number of vegans has exploded by 360%. The numbers are still growing.
These statistics only include people who are 100% vegan, not those who are on the road to becoming vegans, not vegetarians and not people who eat plant-based most of the time, but eat a very limited amount of animal products. Yet, limiting meat, dairy and egg consumption and focusing on plant-based foods instead is growing among non-vegans as well.
The vegan and plant-based movement is growing. People are on board and the food industry is catching on too.
- In the U.S. alone more than 16 million Americans over 17 identify as vegan.
- There has been a 90% increase in ‘vegan’ google searches in 2016.
- The Veganuary movement has reached 59,500 global participants in 2017 and set to exceed over 150,000 participants in 2018. Most people interested in the movement seem to be between 18 and 45.
- There is a growing number of vegan and health documentaries changing lives.
- There are more and more vegan and vegan-friendly companies and products out there.
- The global meat alternative market is predicted to reach $5.2 billion by 2020.
- The global non-dairy market is estimated to reach $11 billion by 2019.
- Vegan products are growing around the world. They increased by 92% in Australia in 2016.
- Vegan foods are increasingly popular. The UK alone has seen a 1500% increase in people following a plant-based diet and buying vegan products at stores.
- Tyson, a U.S. meat giant has actually bought 5% stake in a plant-based meat alternative company.
- Sainsbury’s, a UK dairy-giant is now offering plant-milk options.
- Even McDonald’s is getting on board! In Finland, McDonald’s has launched its first VEGAN burger. It was on trial basis at first for a few months, but since customers loved it, there is definitely a potential. Maybe McDonald’s could go vegan – and potentially healthy too – at some point in the future. It would be a certainly a dream come true.
Why Are People Going Vegan?
Statistics show that 69% of vegans selected ‘health’ as the main reason for their choice. Protecting animals and caring about the environment are close to as important.
Let’s face it: people are invested in their health and the health of our planet. If you are reading this, I bet you are too.
The Benefits Of Eating Plant-Based Vegan:
- A balanced plant-based vegan diet is high in nutrients, especially in vitamins A, C and E, potassium, magnesium and folate.
- Thanks to all the veggies, fruits, grains, nuts and seeds, a plant-based vegan diet is high in fiber, helping your digestive health.
- A healthy, plant-based vegan diet can help you lose and maintain weight.
- A plant-based vegan diet can lower your chances of type-2 diabetes.
- A plant-based vegan diet can improve your kidney function.
- A balanced plant-based vegan diet can help prevent cancer and aid recovery.
- Going plant-based vegan can improve your fitness.
- Eating vegan and plant-based can lower your blood pressure and your chances of cardiovascular disease.
- A plant-based vegan diet can lower arthritis pain.
- A plant-based vegan diet can prevent migraines.
- Even your mental health and mood can improve through a plant-based vegan diet.
- A plant-based vegan diet can prevent and improve the symptoms of asthma and allergies.
Vegan Vs. Plant-Based
Whether you go completely vegan or adopt a mostly plant-based lifestyle with a limited amount of animal products is completely up to you. You can be healthy either way.
Vegan means that you avoid all animal products in your diet. Ethical vegans also avoid non-food animal products, like leather, fur and products that have been tested on animals. However, vegan doesn’t always mean plant-based and healthy. It is entirely possible to live on vegan processed junk foods, like vegan donuts, chips, soda and Oreos. If you want to be vegan AND you want to be healthy too, plant-based vegan is the way to go.
Plant-based is the key to health. Plant-based means that most of your diet comes from plant foods, including greens, vegetables, fruits, sprouts, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Plant-based diets are free from or low in processed junk food, artificial ingredients and additives. Plant-based vegans focus on veggies and other plant-foods, not vegan donuts.
Surprise: you can be plant-based without being vegan. There are vegetarians, pescatarians, omnivores, flexitarians and all kinds of eaters who eat plant-based. You can be paleo and keto while being plant-based (or completely vegan!). If most of your calories come from plant-foods – greens, vegetables, fruits, sprouts, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds – but you are not ready to eat fully vegan, add a small amount of high-quality, organic, hormone-free, free-range animal products to your diet. Remember, plant-foods should be your focus.
Organifi Products Are All Vegan
Did you know that all of our Organifi products are 100% vegan AND 100% healthy? They are also organic, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free and non-GMO.
I love them all so much that it’s so hard for me to recommend just one. My favorite changes daily. As I am sitting here sipping my green juice, I am convinced that today’s favorite is Organifi Green Juice. Organifi Green can hydrate and revitalize your cells, boost your immune function, support your mental clarity, relieve stress, alkalize your body, naturally balance your hormones and help detoxification. It is delicious by itself, but is a fantastic addition to green juices, smoothies, dips, dressings and cooked, baked and raw recipes. I bet you would love it too.
Are you vegan, vegetarian or plant-based? What are your favorite plant foods and plant-based recipes? How are your incorporating Organifi into your plant-based health-focused life? Share your experiences and tips with us. We would love to get to know you, learn about your goals, cheer you on your journey and celebrate your milestones.
And remember, we’re in this together.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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