The Vegetarian Times Study reported that 7.3 million Americans are vegetarian and an additional 22.8 million Americans follow a vegetarian inclined diet.(1)
The vegetarian diet has been continually growing in popularity. Vegetarians have a lower risk of developing heart disease, colorectal, ovarian and breast cancers, diabetes, obesity and hypertension. The diet is typically low in fat and high in fiber, though it is possible to eat excessive amounts of fatty and fried foods on the vegetarian diet.(2)
Vegetarian diet has lower risk for heart disease, colorectal, ovarian, and breast cancers, diabetes, obesity and hypertension!
Taco Bell, like most fast food restaurants, are typically known for fatty and fried foods. According to a press release, they may now be featuring items that are certified by the American Vegetarian Association (AVA). Taco Bell reports that they are the first fast food restaurant to do this. (3)
As of October 2, 2015, the chain is now adding a vegetarian category to its website, and a mobile ordering app that features 13 certified items from the AVA. This menu will include dishes such as the 7-Layer Burrito and Cantina Power Veggie Bowl.(3)
Taco Bell now offers an American Vegetarian Association certified vegetarian and vegan menu!
The press release also states that this menu can be altered to allow customers to create their own vegetarian and vegan friendly dishes using their 35 AVA certified ingredients, 26 of which are also vegan.(3)
To get AVA certified, companies must submit all the ingredients used in their menu. If there are no animal byproducts, then the items become vegan certified, and dishes that contain eggs and cheese become vegetarian certified.(3)
Vegetarians and vegans can even create their own dishes using the 35 AVA certified ingredients, 26 of which are also vegan certified!
Taco Bell’s menu certification is good news for those who have been petitioning McDonald’s to add a veggie burger, and asking them to remove the natural beef flavoring from their fries. McDonald’s resistance became Taco Bell’s gain! (3)
This is a huge move for a fast food chain. Most chains offer a few items for vegetarians and vegans, but Taco Bell’s certification, as well as the create your own menu, will give the freedom of choice to each individual customer to choose what they want to put into their body!(3)