From Beyond Meat, which states that Burger King rolls out a herbal burger, and Tyson Foods recently announces herbal nuggets, one thing is clear: a careless revolution is upon us.
To see where the future is of food can potentially be on the way, I tested out a vegetarian diet for three weeks – quite the challenge for someone who contains meat in almost every meal.
Adding the difficulty of the problem took place in a part of the world where meat consumption is high: Asia.
14 days on the island of Bali
The first two weeks were spent in a surfer and yoga city ̵
In fact, plant-based food is so popular in this city that many leads would advertise: "Try our vegans!" or "Now offers Vegan Pad Thai!"
It has created an opportunity for entrepreneurs such as Sophia Made, who opened Plant Cartel, a completely vegan fast food restaurant. Even if, unlike many, you never know that it is the vegan from the outside or the menu board.
"We are happiest when many people come in and they do not really realize what they eat, are herbal," CNBC said. "You know, we're not trying to fool people."
Made wants to change the perception that such food is just for vegans.
"The stigma of tofu vegan food is not here," she said. "We wanted to normalize plant-based foods and encourage both omnivores and vegans to come and eat here."
Many of the comfort staples created by burgers and hot dogs with seitan – a popular meat replacement made from wheat gluten. At Plant Cartel, cheese is made from carrot and potatoes, and bacon is produced from eggplant.
Hoping that by creating everyday staples from plants, it will inspire people to rethink the amount of meat they need to consume.  While many of the meals I ate during my trial were salads and protein bowls, a place like Plant Cartel made it easier to consume vegetarians and vegans without feeling deprived.
Two weeks in the experiment – while requesting to eat meat – I felt good and energetic anyway.
7 days in Hong Kong, a meat lover's paradise
Then I headed to Hong Kong – a city with one of the highest per capita meat consumption – where I quickly discovered that the options are much more limited.
In Hong Kong, many restaurants I had not had any vegetarian options on their menu. However, when asked, some employees would offer to replace chicken or beef with tofu. There were also cases where an employee would incorrectly offer fish ball soup as an alternative to meat.
I also found that an average business lunch in Hong Kong often consists of pork or beef in most dishes, and quickly realized that this vegan will take much more work in this city.
Manav Gupta, founder of Brinc, a venture capital company, lives in the Asian city and has been a vegetarian all his life.
"Meat today has been presented as a product that makes you feel like a man, more like a human, gives you more protein, it is nutritious," he said. "Plant food is the food of the animals, it is the food you should let the animals eat. And then you should eat them," he said.
Gupta thinks that much of what people eat comes down to social acceptance.
"If you go out to a restaurant, if you eat with your peers, they think that if you eat vegan or veg [etarian] it is almost emasculating in many ways," he said. "So many people choose to eat meat or consume meat, although they would sometimes be open to consuming the herbal alternative."
At the end of three weeks, soon eating meat began again, but not as often as before the trial began.
Of course, there is even an unofficial label for that type of diet, called flexitarian – someone who eats mainly herbal but sometimes eats
Consumption has peaked in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom
] Currently, it identifies however, only 5% of Americans as vegetarians according to a recent Gallop survey, a figure slightly changed since 1999.
So perhaps the future of food is not meatless but less meat. 19659029]