New research from Blue Diamond Almonds has found that one in five adults in the UK plan to try a dairy free or vegan diet in 2018, with over a quarter of millennials taking on the change in their diets. Veganism has soared by 360 per cent in the last decade and dairy will continue to decline as 19 per cent of the UK’s adults plan on making the change to a vegan or dairy free diet.
Veganism is the diet that most people will start and then give up, as the research shows that from the 5 per cent of UK adults that tried a vegan diet for the first time in 2017, 58 per cent of those did not remain vegan. The research found that 38 per cent of them found it too hard to maintain, and 21 per cent claimed they didn’t have time to prepare suitable meals.
However, dairy free is expected to be the diet change that will stick with the largest amount of people maintaining this change, as half of the people who started this diet in 2017 managed to stick to it throughout 2017.
Despite many of 2017’s aspiring vegans not continuing their new diet, veganism continues to grow year on year. It’s expected that one in ten of the UK population (9 per cent) are aiming to try veganism in 2018, with a further 10 per cent aiming to go dairy free.
As the dairy-free movement continues to grow, companies are expanding their product ranges further. Blue Diamond Almonds have introduced a new line of products that have all the necessary nutrients to maintain a healthy diet. The Almond Breeze Nutri + range include Nutri + Protein, Nutri+ Fibre and Nutri+ Calcium. This is the first line in the UK that provides consumers with the regular benefits of almond drinks, but with added calcium, protein and fibre.