Plant-based diets have gone mainstream.
According to an Ipsos report, about 9.7 million Americans have switched to a vegan diet since 2004. Additional research shows that more minority communities are diving into plant-based dishes. Danone North America, a company and leader in plant-based foods (including Silk and So Delicious products) conducted research on multicultural audience perspectives on plant-based food. At the Table: The Multicultural Plant-Based Food Perspective, a survey of more than 4,000 African-American, Asian-American, and Latino Americans, found that plant-based eating is on the rise in multicultural communities.
African-Americans are the largest minority group to switch to a plant-based diet. According to a Pew Research Center survey, eight percent of African Americans are vegan or vegetarian, which tops the general population with only three percent of Americans identifying as vegan.
The question you’re probably wondering: Why are African-Americans more likely to choose a plant-based diet than other groups? Well, it’s in their history.
Many Jamaican and Ethiopian people choose a plant-based diet filled with vegetable patties, teff, stews, and legumes. Several African countries produce vegetables and grains as a source of income. Traditional African cuisine heavily influences the current movement to go plant-based. Many popular plant-based dishes in America are made from okra, sweet potato, spinach, kale, and collard greens— vegetables that are produced in African nations.
We’ve come up with a list of five Black-owned, plant-based companies to try this Black History Month — and forever after.
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Spark Bites are whole-grain, probiotic energy snacks. They are baked and loaded with dried fruit, grains, and crunchy seeds.
Where does the “spark” come from? Three of Spark Bite’s flavors are made with caffeine. The coffee flavor is caffeinated with coffee beans, the matcha is made with green tea, and the red beet is packed with guarana berries.
Head online and order some SparkBites here.
Mother Earth Organic Vinegar
Mother Earth Organic Vinegar was founded in 2011, and is based out of Southern California.
And their organic apple cider vinegar brand was the first to be sold in Costco US, Costco Canada and Costco Mexico.
Unlike many other plant-based products, Mother Earth Organic Vinegar is: kosher, non-GMO project verified, caffeine-free, and includes the mother.
Mother Earth offers organic apple cider vinegar, organic red wine vinegar, organic white distilled vinegar, and organic superfood tea pods. Find their latest product, Mother Earth Essentials Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Superfood Tea, on Amazon and Faire.
The tea pods are a great replacement for your morning cup of coffee and are made with a splash of organic apple cider vinegar, dried fruit, and herbs.
Find Mother Earth Essentials Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Superfood Tea in Publix and Sprouts. Or get some on Amazon here.
A Dozen Cousins
A Dozen Cousins features authentically seasoned beans that come in six flavors: Cuban black beans, Mexican cowboy pinto beans, refried black beans, trini chickpea curry, creole red beans, and classic refried pinto beans. They are sold in a 12-pack for $ 45.
A Dozen Cousins also recently released bone broth rice in three flavors: sea salt, Spanish yellow, and classic bone broth.
They also sell some pretty awesome merchandise, including a bucket hat, a cozy crewneck, and a microwavable container.
Good Girl Chocolate
These organic dairy-free, peanut-free, and soy-free chocolate bars, truffles, and caramels are a great way to end your day. Each takes two to three days to make because the process is bean to bar. (Good Girl even roasts and grinds their own cocoa beans.)
Try their coconut pecan scotchie, chocolate fudge with almonds, and / or brownie batter bars. They’re rich in flavor, but totally affordable in price. (An eight-piece assortment of plant-based chocolate costs less than $ 30.)
Check out Good Girl Chocolate’s latest flavors here.
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