Alternatives Plant-based should face questions on health

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Amid growing consumer interest in ingredient lists, there is also growing scrutiny of the full ingredient lists of these products.
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Amid growing consumer interest in ingredient lists, there is also growing scrutiny of the full ingredient lists of these products.

Consumer demand for plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy is rising rapidly, but so should scrutiny over companies' claims on health and sustainability, writes GlobalData.

Dean Best, Food Editor at GlobalData, comments on the situation: „There are health and environmental benefits from eating less dairy and meat – and the markets for plant-based alternatives are growing as a result. However, that is not to say every plant-based alternative to meat and dairy should be without reproach when it comes to the impacts those products could have on health or on the environment.“

He makes it clear that it is important that there is growing attention being placed on, for example, the amount of salt in meat-alternative products, and the level of sugar in plant-based dairy foods. Amid growing consumer interest in ingredient lists, there is also growing scrutiny of the full ingredient lists of these products. Moreover he notes, as demand for products made with soya or almonds rises, there is building concern about the environmental impacts of the increased cultivation of these crops.

The analyst demangs: „Plant-based food manufacturers, riding a wave of demand in many countries, should review the nutritional make-up of the products and their sourcing strategies. As the plant-based market develops, nutrition and the environment could provide companies with an edge against growing competition.“

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