By Mauro Fernandes 19 August Font size Email Print. A year ago, there were few options in Brazil of meat-alternative products. However, brands have started luring beef-crazy Brazilians into buying several plant-based meat substitutes, chiefly burgers. And some of the country’s biggest meat packers are now exploring this relatively small, but promising, category. In Brazil, plant-based protein sales were growing before the Covid pandemic kicked in, and the crisis has not dissuaded food companies the category will continue growing. Quite the contrary. Major Brazilian meat processors, including JBS and Marfrig, have entered the country’s budding meat-free market in recent months. Data on the size of Brazil’s fledgling meat-free market is hard to come by at the moment. Nielsen is preparing its first study of the segment in Brazil but has yet to release numbers.
See comments. Brazilians generally love to eat beef. The country is known for its all-you-can-eat steak restaurants. It is a leader in meatpacking. In fact, there are more cows than people in Brazil. It is a growing food market for people who want to eat less meat, in part because production of meat is often harmful to the environment. They are mixed together with mushrooms or vegetables such as beets. The aim is to make the look, taste and feel similar to animal products. Beyond Meat Inc and Impossible Foods are fast-growing companies selling plant-based foods internationally.
Over the past decade, Brazil has become an ideal spot for vegans. While the traditional Brazilian diet never went along with vegetarianism or veganism traditional meals include stews with pork and fish, and the most common Brazilian lunch involves rice and beans accompanied by a slab of beef, this has dramatically changed. The number of vegetarians has almost doubled since , and while there are no similar studies for veganism, the number of vegan restaurants and the availability of vegan products in supermarkets has seen a drastic and visible increase. Really, this should come as no surprise. Brazilian cuisine is rich in fresh and exciting fruit and vegetables, so traditional vegan dishes have always existed, and the old carnivorous favorites have undergone simple adaptations to create a wide range of typically Brazilian vegan foods. With the vegan population growing every day, Brazil is full of great locations for vegan tourists, with restaurants, bars, and all sorts of services to cater to this increasing segment of the population. Along with Lima, it is regarded as the restaurant capital of South America, and its diverse, cosmopolitan population means there is always something for everyone, vegans included. Vegan ice cream parlors, burger joints, sweet shops, anything you can think of. What’s more, vegan visitors no longer need to stick to special “niche” eateries, as all of the city’s most renowned restaurants now offer a wide range of vegan dishes on their menus. With charming chalets and cobbled streets, the town really does remind one of a Swiss village, and it is also home to the best-regarded vegan hotel in the country.
Conclusions Vegetarians showed better results of diet adequacy when compared to the general population in Brazil, and vegans fared better when compared with other vegetarians. Dietary Patterns and Health Outcomes. Why might Nestle have swooped for Freshly? However, there are no flawless methods for assessing diet intake, since other methods such as interviews and food records can result in the omission of food intake or behavioral change, which could also result in inaccurate intake estimates [ 75 ].