It's Easier Than Ever to Be a Flexitarian Thanks to the Rise of Hybrid Foods

Flexitarian products are helping fuel the low-meat movement. Here's a sampling of some of the latest hybrid foods.

 

By Janet Helm, MS, RDN, U.S. News & World Report

May 3, 2021

 

Plant-based meat alternatives are surging – from veggie burgers and soy sausages to high-tech and lab-grown substitutes for beef, chicken and seafood. Yet, there’s another trend brewing that’s all about less meat, not meatless. Say hello to hybrid foods.

 

Meat and vegetables are joining forces in this fast-growing category of hybrid products appealing to flexitarians, or part-time vegetarians. After all, most people are trying to reduce meat, not eliminate it entirely. About 36% of Americans identify as a flexitarian, compared to 3% who follow a vegan diet, according to a national consumer survey published by Packaged Facts.

 

The popularity of the flexitarian diet – which scored a No. 2 spot for best overall diet from U.S. News & World Report Best Diets – represents a mindset of moderation, instead of a regimented all-or-nothing approach…

 

Hybrid Food Trend ...

 

... all sorts of companies are jumping on the hybrid trend – from startups to big meat companies, such as Perdue, Tyson and Hormel...

 

Misfit Foods ...

 

“Less meat is neat” ...

 

Seemore Meats & Veggies ...

 

... sausages made with humanely-raised meats and up to 35% vegetables...

 

Applegate Well Carved ... 

 

... Hormel leapt into the hybrid trend with its Applegate Well Carved line of frozen blended burgers and meatballs...

 

Dietz & Watson ...

 

... best known for its sliced deli meats and cheeses, got into the game with a line of blended chicken sausages...

 

Perdue Plus ...

 

... joined forces with the Better Meat Co. to launch Chicken Plus nuggets and tenders that combine chicken breast with cauliflower, chickpeas and textured wheat protein...

 

Real Meat, With Less ...

 

... Hybrid foods may be one way to reduce meat consumption – and there are lots of new products to try...

 

more, including links

https://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/hybrid-foods-for-a-flexitarian-diet