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Demand for alternatives to meat is growing in Australia, with an increasing percentage of the population giving up animal flesh. “Nearly half of Australian adults have actively tried to reduce meat in their diet to improve their health or lose weight,” said Dean Epps, general manager of Life Health Foods, Australia’s largest manufacturer of meat analogue
But it’s not just your faux meats that have increased in popularity. Another more traditional meat-free treat has seen a recent resurgence. Tofu is now being produced by 12 major companies, and at least 50 smaller producers, becoming the third most common use of food grade soy in Australia. Tofu production has been increasing at about 10% every year since 2012.
But while a lot of people are happy to eat vegetables and fruits rather than meats, faux-meats are often heavily processed and lead people to worry about what exactly they’re putting in their bodies. So to help the concerned eater have a better idea of what meat alternatives are out there, we’ve put together a list of our favourites – with a little bit of information about what they’re best at.
So there are some of our favourite alternatives to meat. If we missed one of your all-time favourites, let us know!