New Products Make It Easier for Some to Become and Remain Vegans


Many of the world’s most popular foods make heavy use of animal-derived ingredients. This is most obvious with the meat dishes that rank so highly among many of those who love to eat, but that is far from the end of the story. The fact is that animal-derived substances like butter and cream are probably every bit as important when it comes to adding flavor to popular foods all over the world.

Vegans likely realize this fact in a more pointed way than anyone else. Committed to removing all reliance on animal-based products from their lives, those who choose to become vegans often have some real adjustments to make. While many begin weaning themselves off meat and fish as they pass through a transitional phase of vegetarianism, making the final leap to the vegan lifestyle can involve a difficult period of awakening.

Fortunately, there are now plenty of people and companies that are committed to making the process easier. Food technology specialist Hampton Creek, for example, racked up a real win for vegans not long ago when it introduced a mayonnaise-style product that is entirely free of eggs. With nothing but plant-based ingredients on its label or in the jar, the spread quickly became a real hit with those who refuse to ingest or use products that rely on animal-derived substances.

That innovation alone stood as something of a ray of hope for many vegans, but the company has delivered a number of times since. For many vegans, for example, finding satisfying desserts turns out to be one of the most challenging parts of the lifestyle, as ingredients like butter and cream can no longer be relied upon. With the introduction of the new Hampton Creek cookie not so long ago, that situation changed overnight for many. Delicious and satisfying despite not containing butter, the desserts proved to be just what many vegans had been looking for.

While there is still plenty of progress to be made, then, things are certainly looking up. As individual victories of these kinds begin to pile up, vegans will be less and less likely to miss the things that can keep some from enjoying the lifestyle.