What does plant-based diet mean?

What is a plant-based diet?

Literally, a plant-based diet is a diet based on plants, i.e. based on foods of plant origin.

In addition, it is a non-exclusive line of food, or what is the same, suitable for almost everyone and always available to those people who either by necessity, by trend, by conviction or curiosity, want to try a diet based primarily on foods of plant origin.

And each time it has more and more followers, and more varied. People who do not necessarily identify with the labels that constrain a food model, people who do not consider themselves vegetarians or vegans or ovo-vegetarians or pescatarians or lacto-vegetarians or, probably, even flexitarians. Although all of these, of course, belong to the also growing number of people who practice plant-based nutrition.

Overall, they are simply people who base their diet on plant-based foods and who, for the most part, combine this base with other foods without obeying any standard but identifying themselves with a healthy way of thinking for themselves and for the planet.

Yes, it is a huge market to supply because these people who choose a plant-based diet are joined by all the other people who choose the labels or trends or nutrition styles mentioned above and all of them, have turned plant-based food into an overwhelmingly growing trend, in fact, only between 2019 and 2021 an increase of 39% of people who follow a plant-based diet was recorded in Spain, according to data presented at the Hospitality Innovation Planet Congress, HIP, 2022.

Thinking about a plant-based diet for the first time can be misleading because it is understood as a strict plant-based diet. To avoid confusion, it is necessary to make some clarifications and a single word can shed a lot of light: origin.

Plant-based foods are those that have a vegetable origin, i.e.: vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, oils, etc., yes, but also other foods such as textured vegetable proteins, native and whole meal flours even rice or corn breadcrumbs.

And in this context, Molendum Ingredients, a subsidiary of the Dacsa Group, has its own voice because it offers the food industry its texturized vegetable protein, Pésol Pea; native cereal and legume flours and heat-treated flours, and other options such as predust, that allow its customers a labeling without “E”, clean label, in the development of its products from ingredients and solutions 100% natural and free of allergens that have been produced by mechanical processes, without any chemical treatment.

Because in a growing market, more and more informed and demanding, the industry has only one way forward and Molendum offers tailor-made solutions and goes a step further by offering food companies the opportunity to accompany and advise them in their new product development processes.

Plant-based food options that are destined to enrich the offer, with a focus on nutritional quality and organoleptic and culinary versatility, satisfying the growing demand and anticipating the competition with cutting-edge ingredients and products.