Washington (GGM) Analysis | August 13, 2020 by Sarah J. Kings
According to Lacey Bourassa, of Plant Proteins.co, there has been a 500% increase in consumers identifying as being vegan within the last six years. Whether people are switching up their eating habits for ethical, health, feminist, or ecological reasons- or a combination- it is clear that eliminating animal products from our plates is on the rise.
Suppose you are switching up your diet as a part of an eco-friendly initiative. In that case, you probably already know that foods like broccoli, lentils, and tofu produce extremely low carbon emissions relative to producing meat. An assessment of global emissions performed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FOA, deemed that 15% of the human-induced greenhouse gas emissions stem from livestock production. That doesn’t even take into account the ecological impact of the grain and antibiotics used to sustain animals prior to their slaughter.
Still, if you are struggling to upkeep your transition into a plant-based lifestyle, you should know that veganism doesn’t have to be all kale smoothies and chia seed salads. There are plenty of vegan options for desserts, snacks, and munchies, that will help you stay strong in your commitment to keeping it cruelty-free.
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Top Ten Vegan Munchies:
- Doritos – Spicy Sweet Chili
- Enjoy Life – Cocoa Loco Chocolate Bars
- Garden Veggie Straws – Sea Salt
- Jolly Ranchers
- Kettle Brand – Salt & Vinegar Chips
- Betty Crocker – Fruit Snacks
- Vegan Rob’s – Cheddar Puff (all flavors)
- Miyoko’s cheese Wheels
- Ben & Jerry’s Dairy-Free Ice Cream
The best part about this list is that every ‘junk food’ item is 100% palm oil-free! This is a big deal for Mother Nature as this common ingredient is well known to be extremely detrimental to the environment. Palm oil plantations contribute to deforestation and the destruction of animal habitats. According to the World Wildlife Fund, WWF, Palm oil is associated with the further endangerment of species like the Orangutan, pygmy elephant, and Sumatran rhino.
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Grabbing a couple of these snacks on your next trip to the grocery store is a convenient and tasty way to go vegan and protect the environment!
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