A recent Top Trends in Prepared Foods in 2017 report noted that veganism is up 500 percent from 2014! Now, 6 percent of Americans identify as vegan compared to just 1 percent a few years ago. Why the big rise in popularity?
Well, with research continuing to show us the benefits of a plant-based diet, it's increasingly difficult to argue with science. A new awareness in plant foods and their benefits allows us to make more conscious decisions about what kinds of plants to put in our body to maximize our nutrients and get in everything that we need to still thrive without animal protein. And when looking at the recently released Whole Foods 2018 food trend report, one thing is abundantly clear—2018 is the year of plants. Let’s take a look at some of these next-level plant foods that are going to be filling up your grocery carts this next year, and beyond: