We test plant-based food as 22m people worldwide identify as ‘flexitarian’

We test plant-based food as 22m people worldwide identify as ‘flexitarian’

SOME 22million people worldwide now identify as “flexitarian”, meaning they enjoy a primarily – but not exclusively – vegetarian diet.

And in Britain alone, there has been a 469 per cent increase in the number of people researching veganism online. So, this week, we trial plant-based food and beauty products.

Health with Jane Atkinson

Moving Mountains sausage burger – made with oyster mushrooms – does not disappoint

MOVING Mountains sausage burger claims to rival its meat counterpart and it does not disappoint. As a breakfast muffin with hash browns, it hit the spot but without the calorie payload.

The oyster mushrooms provided a meaty texture.

Better yet, it has no cholesterol. (£4.62, 250kcal per 100g, movingmountainsfoods.com)

Love Cocoa’s vegan Dark Chocolate Truffles are as creamy as milk chocolate

LOVE Cocoa has created a range of luxury vegan, organic and fair trade chocolates in flavours from gin and tonic to honeycomb.

I tried the Dark Chocolate Truffles, made from 72 per cent Peruvian dark cocoa, which have a hazelnut taste and are so creamy you would think they are milk chocolate. (£14.05, 564 kcal per 100g, lovecocoa.com)

Follow Your Heart’s dairy-free Smoked Gouda Slices was the most realistic vegan cheese I’ve tried

FOLLOW Your Heart’s dairy-free Smoked Gouda Slices have the smell and texture of real cheese and a smoky flavour.

While it is not quite cheeseboard material, it is the most realistic vegan cheese I have tasted. (£3.29, 57 kcal per 20g, ocado.com)

Beauty with Gabriella Stein

BUDGET – The Body Shop shea exfoliating sugar body scrub, £16, 250ml, thebodyshop.com: A gentle scrub with a pleasant vanilla scent.

The Body Shop shea exfoliating sugar body scrub was finely-milled and moisturising

I massaged into damp skin before rinsing off and my body was left smooth and hydrated.

The consistency was finer than I expected, but it still gave a good exfoliation without stripping the skin as some coarser scrubs do.

MID – Frank Body coffee scrub £12.95, 200g, frankbody.com: This promises to tackle dry skin and minimise breakouts as well as improve the appearance of cellulite, scars and stretch marks.

The Frank Body coffee scrub was definitely my favourite

It contains almond oil to hydrate the skin, vitamin E, anti-bacterial sea salt and orange oil.

It did improve blemishes and my skin was left soft and hydrated. Definitely my favourite.


LUXURY – REN Clean Skincare Moroccan rose Otto body polish, £35, 330ml, renskincare.com: This claims to smooth and re-energise skin.

My skin felt the softest after using REN Clean Skincare Moroccan rose Otto body polish

The cane sugar removes dead skin cells, rose otto oil soothes, while Paraguay tea extract protects against free radicals.

It has a gorgeous scent and my skin felt the softest after using this one, but it is too pricey.

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