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New consuming idea urges a vegetarian economy in Kunming

By : InKunming | Published: 2017-December-11

[InKunming--Kunming] For the past few years, a growing number of vegetarian restaurants appeared in some main streets and shopping malls in Kunming. The number has grown from more than 10 in 2000 to nearly 50 now, and it is still increasing.

Along with the social development, people are paying more attention on healthy diet. It is common for a vegetarian restaurant to be crowded when it starts to occupy a certain importance in people’s conception of diet. The changing food culture and market demands are the driving factors of the growing vegetarian economy.

“There were few vegetarian restaurants on the market when I decided to be a vegetarian 5 years ago. I had no choice but to cook at home. Things changed until last year, a lot of vegetarian restaurants came into the market,” a customer who was eating at a vegetarian restaurant said.

The owner of a vegetarian restaurant Ma introduced, “diet and culture should be combined together. The Chinese ancients stressed on ‘self-cultivation’ which means cultivating our own moral character. In my point of view, light diet is beneficial to human body health and mental health, and can help with ‘self-cultivation’.”

The increasing vegetarian restaurants make the competition becoming fierce. Some operators began to adjust the menu to face the challenge. For instance, some restaurants try to use chicken soup for cooking cabbage, ensuring the delicious taste of vegetables. This cooking method cannot be seen as following the vegetarian diet completely, but can be categorized as “semi-vegetarian diet”.

Some views suggest that insisting vegetarian diet is good for health. For this opinion, Jun Qiu from Yunnan Public Nutrition Association said, “human need various elements everyday. Long-term vegetarians may have problems, such as calcium deficiency, zinc deficiency and nutritional anemia, and have an negative impact on bone and vision development. If people are just looking for a healthy lifestyle, it might be difficult for a vegetarian economy to keep developing.”

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(Editors:Christine, Rachel)

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