According to a report by digital media company GlobalData, veganism in the United States of America rose by 600% in the three years to 2017. In Germany, 44% of consumers are also following a low-meat diet, which indicates that more and more people are considering a more plant-based diet.
While much of this may be due to ecological and environmental concerns, technology may also be a major factor in this, making it easier than ever before for people to go vegan. Below are just some ways that tech is helping to make that happen.
Vegan nutrition apps
For many people who are adopting a vegan or more plant-based diet, one of the trickiest parts is figuring out the nutritional aspect. If you are used to getting many of your nutrients from foods that have meat or dairy products in them, then it can be difficult to shift to a diet where those same nutrients aren’t present in the same ways. For that though, there are vegan nutrition planning apps such as VNutrition, which allow users to keep track of their nutritional targets. While it’s not the only mobile app of its kind, the checklist and personalized tips should make it easier for vegans (and aspiring vegans) to track their diets.
Information is more readily available
Before the Internet, what would you have done if you wanted information about vegan food? Unless you had good connections within your local vegan community, you’d be stuck. But now, lots of information about vegan food is readily available online, helping you to pick out options to replacement non-vegan versions.
Vegan Food itself is more readily available
It’s not just the information that abounds. Meat substitutes are easier to source than before and breakfast, lunch and dinner are all covered by online delivery services. Without leaving the comfort of their own home, vegans can now enjoy indulgent treats, replacing formerly buttery, eggy concoctions with almond cake raw chocolate torte or even sticky toffee pudding. These services make it easier for you to find where vegan food is being served in your area and, whether you’re looking for those same vegan desserts in London, Hong Kong, Madrid or Berlin, you’ll be able to find them quickly or even have them delivered – all courtesy of technology.
Recipe inspiration on YouTube
There are plenty of popular food-cooking YouTubers, including famous names like TasteMade, SORTEDFood and Epic Meal Time. While each of these YouTubers has their own “niche”, many of them have embraced vegan cooking, meaning that finding vegan recipes for you to try out is just a couple of clicks away. This can be key if you’re trying to get your entire family to go vegan: encouraging them to consider a plant-based diet is more likely to capture their attention if you can get them involved in the cooking, using these recipes and tutorials.
Going vegan has never been easier. While it may take a major adjustment as you ditch and replace old staples, technology makes it a walk in the park.