Unveiling the Shifting Dietary Landscape: Plant-Based Foods Amidst the COVID-19 Era

Usman Ali *

College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Agro-Food Processing, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China.

Farooq Hafeez

College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang University, Zhejiang, 310058, China and Key Laboratory of Precision Medicine in Diagnosis and Monitoring Research of Zhejiang Province, Sir Run Run Shaw Hospital, Zhejiang, 310058 China.

Ameer Khan

Department of Agronomy, College of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China.

Shahzad Farooq

College of Biosystems Engineering and Food Science, Zhejiang Key Laboratory for Agro-Food Processing, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China and Jiaxing Institute of Future Food, 314050, China.

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.


Manuscript addresses the present era COVID-19 pandemic as one of the global challenges. Still in 2024, the health professionals and scientists are searching and trying to figure out the complete answers about the origin of these zoonoses.In past years of pandemic, plant origin foods have become the preferred food choice for many people globally. In this article, we've discussed trends in plant-based foods around the world and some of the reasons for this change. It was found that there has been a notable shift in the sale of plant origin foods and a decrease in the sale of animal-based meat at the same time. Selling meat and seafood fell due to many factors, including lack of confidence due to the fear of viruses, rising prices and ethical standards. The marketing strategy of the meat substitute companies used may also be a factor. Although plant-based diets have continued to be adopted in these years, this trend seems to be accelerating in the Post pandemic. Another fact that post pandemic shifting towards the consumption of plant origin foods is reliance on a healthy diet which will not only boost the immunity but will also come up with other health-linked benefits. Plant origin foods are also more nutritious and health promoting than foods consisting of dairy, fish and meat. Via this study, we have analyzed that there needs to be a major change in the use of wild animals and domestic animals to prevent any risk of future zoonoses. As the global population increases, zoonosis may occur more frequently. Promoting the adoption of healthy plant-based foods worldwide and a contemporaneous decline in the animals used as sources of food is important and necessary to prevent future epidemics due to disease.

Keywords: Post-pandemic, diet, market, population, animal origin foods, plant origin foods, COVID-19

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Ali , U., Hafeez , F., Khan , A., & Farooq, S. (2024). Unveiling the Shifting Dietary Landscape: Plant-Based Foods Amidst the COVID-19 Era. Asian Food Science Journal, 23(6), 1–12. https://doi.org/10.9734/afsj/2024/v23i6716


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