As a nation we have a reputation of being very committed carnivores, which is why a new report is so surprising. It shows that South Africa is one of the countries with the most vegan takeaway orders.
Butternut curry, anyone?
According to the recent report released by food delivery service Uber Eats, South Africa is in fifth place when it comes to vegan takeaways behind Poland, France and Portugal with the UK being at number one. This is a huge jump from last year which saw SA in 23rd place.
According to Retail Brief Africa, vegan orders increased by 71% in South Africa during lockdown, making us the the country with the most orders on the continent.
The report found vegan orders have doubled in the past year and tripled since 2018.
“Locally, we’re excited by the continued uptake of vegan orders on the app. What we’ve seen is that South Africans are slowly taking the leap from vegetarianism into veganism, as restaurants are now offering vegan-friendly substitutes for some of their most iconic dishes,” Shane Austin, head of operations at Uber Eats South Africa told Retail Brief Africa.
The number of orders is
not the only thing that changed in the past year. South Africans are also
ordering differently and veganising meals by swopping ingredients.
The traditional vegan patty burger, wheat-based margherita pizza and butternut curry made the top three list of favourite dishes, whereas in the previous year vegan wraps, margherita pizzas and salads were the favoured items.
Swopping out yoghurt for hummus also proved to be a popular choice, while those who were not ready to go full vegan opted for vegetarian meals.
Meanwhile, findings from South African retail stores Pick n Pay and Checkers also show that plant-based eating habits are on the rise.
In a statement earlier this year, head of innovation and trend at Pick n Pay, Nicki Russell said more customers are opting for a "flexitarian" diet, which incorporates more plant-based options and less meat.
“What started as Meatless Monday has since expanded to include more and more days of the week,” she added.
Former beauty queen Cindy Nell-Roberts recently
revealed in a post on Instagram that she has decided to follow a plant-based
diet in an effort to take charge of her health.
“I want to be strong and lean. I am improving my decisions daily,” she wrote.
The benefits associated
with a healthy, balanced vegan diet include lower rates of obesity, heart
disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.
But if you’ve spent your entire life having meat at just about every meal, it can be rather daunting to consider going vegan.
Using fresh ingredients is the most basic solution, says Colleen Mollentze of the South African Vegan Society. Plant-based foods need not be expensive or exotic like quinoa or goji berries, she adds.
Extra sources: vegconomist.com, retailbriefafrica.co.za, iol.co.za