There’s a growing trend of people experimenting with vegan food that has them asking: “Can I eat veg food?”
In 2016, a research paper published in the Journal of Food Science by Australian researchers from the University of Melbourne and the University in Adelaide, found veg cooking is gaining popularity in Australian cities and towns.
It’s also getting more mainstream, with veg foods becoming more popular on menus in Sydney and Melbourne.
Vegetarian restaurants and cafes are now popping up in the major cities of Sydney and Brisbane, with Melbourne having one of the most well-known vegan cafes in the country.
The findings from the Australian study suggest there’s growing demand for veg-friendly options in Australia.
And the Australian researchers say the trend is starting to gain momentum.
“We see that veg eating is growing in popularity, particularly in the Western cities, and is becoming more mainstream in Australia,” Dr Michelle McArthur, one of lead authors of the study from the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University at Adelaide, said.
She said the growing popularity of vegan food in Australian restaurants and bars may be because the food is becoming a more mainstream option.
While some veg meals are still quite expensive, a number of the foods in the study were affordable.
According to Ms McArthur: “There’s a lot of pressure on us to make sure that we have options for people who are on low incomes.”
One of the main challenges for those struggling to make ends meet on a tight budget is finding vegan options for their families, said Ms McArthur.
There are a number options available for vegans, but many are limited to certain restaurants or bars.
For example, veg dishes such as chai tea and coconut milk tea have not been popular, while veg wraps and puddings have been on the menu for years.
Veg options are available in Australia’s big cities, but it is still a growing market, Ms McArchibald said.
There are still a lot more restrictions on veg products in the United States and Canada, where a lot can be done on the plate.
In Australia, there are restrictions on certain foods, such as veg burgers, vegg lasagne, and veg pizza.
But Ms McAvoy said there’s still a long way to go for vegatarian cuisine to gain mainstream popularity in Australia and beyond.
Dr McAvoys work in a nutrition lab at the Australian Institute of Food and Agriculture, which studies the impact of food on the environment.
Her research has found that a small number of foods, like the veg burger, can contribute to the carbon footprint of the meat industry, while other foods, including coconut milk and peanut butter, contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.
So there’s a big opportunity for vega-friendly cuisine in Australia, but the problem is that it’s not always easy to find it.
A lot of it’s still in its infancy, she said.
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