The hottest new topic in the food industry is 'plant-based' meat. Yes, that's right! If you haven't heard about it already, it is what our new-age food scientists are working on. 

Photo - Vegan Meatballs by The Herbivorous Butcher 

Smells like meat, tastes like meat, feels like meat but is 0% meat. Even though taste is a subjective matter, the fake meat made from plants is almost as good as the real meat from animals. And food scientists argue that it takes less time and cost to make meat from animals, while being non-detrimental to the environment.

Plant based meat startups are the hottest trend in the food industry now. For example, I came across BeyondMeat. The startup offers a wide range of plant-based meat products. And they all taste almost as good as real meat.

Don't believe me? Let me quote some well known sources.

Bill Gates published an article on his blog on the future of food, in which he said,

"I couldn’t tell the difference...What I was experiencing was more than a clever meat substitute. It was a taste of the future of food."

Quoting the New York Times,

"A revolution is unfolding in the food world, resulting in the first alternatives to meat that taste like the real thing"

And Mark Bittman,

"Fooled me badly in a blind tasting."

Now, before you say anything, let me address you with full disclosure that I am an omnivore and I wasn't paid to promote veggie-based meat.

Watch this video to get a better perspective if you're still confused about the idea of plant-based meat.

However, there is still a long way to go for these innovative food startups. As many have pointed out, fake meat is not yet ready to be a full alternative to real meat. 

But, let me tell you about The Herbivorous Butcher, established in 2013, they opened up their own restaurant in Minnesota recently. And on their opening day, they had a long line of customers. What do they offer? All sorts of plant-based meat dishes. So there is no doubt that a lot of people are excited about the idea.

 So, is this the future of food? In my opinion, certainly! But I'm not saying it will replace real meat any time soon, if it ever does. Nevertheless, it is an exciting new phase we are entering - a world of meat made of plants. 

So, what do you think of this?