Ahead of World Vegan Day (1 November) and World Vegan Month and as 63% of Indians are inclined to replace meat with plant-based options while 75% are unable to digest milk properly, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India is naming the winners of this year’s PETA India Vegan Food Awards. Riteish and Genelia Deshmukh’s Imagine Meats nabbed Best Vegan Meat for its tasty “chicken” nuggets, The Happy Nugs.
Here are the other winners.
Best Plant-Based Milk: Hershey India’s Sofit Soya Drink Kesar Pista
Best Vegan Cheese: Katharos Foods’ Gooey Pizza Cheeze
Best Vegan Online Store: Vegan Dukan
Best Vegan Mithai: Haldiram’s Soan Papdi (Orange Flavour)
Best Vegan Egg: PlantMade’s Vegetarian Anda
Best Vegan Spread: Grabenord’s Vegan Chipotle Mayonnaise
Best Vegan Ice Cream: The Brooklyn Creamery’s Vegan Chocolate & Coconut
Best Vegan Ghee: Live Yum’s Premium Ghee
Best Vegan Buttermilk: Happy Calf’s Peanut Colada (Curry Leaf)
Best Vegan Chocolate: MilkinOats’ Chalet Almond Crunch
Best Vegan Snack: Urban Platter’s Perfectly Plant-Based Cheese Balls (Cheddar Style)
“From creamy, dairy-free chocolate ice cream to meat-free chicken, all these innovative foods are making it easy for people to treat their taste buds without harming animals,” says PETA India Vegan Foods and Nutrition Specialist Dr Kiran Ahuja. “PETA India is recognizing these winners for dishing up the delicious vegan fare.”
According to PETA, in addition to sparing animals’ lives, eating vegan reduces the risk of suffering from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity; helps fight climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions; and even helps prevent future pandemics.