The number of Germans reducing their meat intake has doubled according to new research released by Handelsblatt Global, a business news outlet. According to their figures, only 21 per cent of the German population eat meat every day, and the number of people leading a vegetarian lifestyle since 2006 has doubled to 10 per cent in 2016.
In 2016 there were more meat substitutes put on the market, and more vegan products. There were products such as ersatz currywurst and dark chocolate nut bars, with more new vegan products than any other country. A survey conducted by Civey shows that health concerns, ethical beliefs and the environment are motivating factors for people reducing their meat intake.
The trend has gone as far as canteens around the country serving more vegetarian options, with traditional lunch items being replaced. A decreased intake of alcohol and increased intake of fruit has followed the health concerns that people have.
New evidence emerges almost daily as to why leading a meat-heavy diet isn’t as good for you, as advised and encouraged by the meat industry. Recent research has found that animal meat has a protein that turns into a sugar, which isn’t naturally found in the human body causes inflammation. This information has linked the relationship between meat-heavy diets and increased risk to chronic illnesses, reaffirming that a reduced meat intake does have benefits for human health.
A new documentary called The Game Changers made by James Cameron focuses on athletes at the top of their game, all leading a plant based diet, and features health professionals and scientists placing emphasis on the benefits of a plant based lifestyle. Historical evidence is provided to show how humans are designed to eat a plant based diet, also.