With scores of vegan restaurants and clean meat startup emerging in the country, India may just lead the meatless meat revolution. Here's why
New Delhi: While many believe global warming is sham, many verified conservation organisations have often said that we have only 12 years to reverse the effects of climate change.
According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) by 2050, we will be consuming 73 per cent more meat than we do today and the brunt will be born by the planet's fauna, of course. Can't digest this fact? Well, neither can a lot of people and that is why the meatless meat is turning out to be the latest cool in the foodie circuit.
Created using plant sources, the meatless or 'artificial' meat, is touted to be a notch better than your usual soya nuggets or chaap. But, despite wanting to do better for their body and planet, many non-vegetarians are sceptical about the plant meat. After all, if it looks like meat, doesn't mean that it tastes like meat. This is where clean meat startups such as Good Dot come in.
"We use a proprietary technology that turns grain and plant proteins into a texture that looks and tastes like meat. This technology combines heat, cooling, and pressure to turn plant-proteins into the same fibrous structures that you’d find in animal proteins," claims their website, that also shares recipes on how to use this plant meat to recreate your non-veg favourites. And, by the looks of the customer reviews, it does taste like meat.
Not only this, but you can also take your pick from mock duck, mock fish fillet, pepper salami, kebabs and more also available in the market by plant-based gourmet meat brand Veggie Champ. With similar brands such as Vegeta Gold, Vezlay, Vegitein and restaurant such as Greenr Cafe in New Delhi, plant-based meat is on the rise.
According to a survey, the overall percentage of non-vegetarians across India has dropped from 75% in 2004 to 71% in 2014 and the numbers are looking to decrease further with the rise in veganism. It is definitely a healthier option and here are some interesting facts you should know:
- Every 100 gram serving of real mutton has 21 grams of fat and lots of cholesterol and is a top contributor to heart disease and diabetes.
- About 300 crore chickens and 8 crore goats are raised and slaughtered in horrific conditions in India.
- Fake meat can reduce your risk for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
- Plants are a lesser burden on the planet since they require fewer environmental resources like water and space.
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