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Digital Subscriptions > delicious. Magazine > November 2018 > IS BEING FLEXITARIAN A 21ST-CENTURY FAD?

IS BEING FLEXITARIAN A 21ST-CENTURY FAD?

Should the mostly-veg crew – the ones who occasionally eat meat and fish – be viewed as failed veggies? As meat lovers with a healthy helping of pretension? Or could a flexitarian diet be the compromise that reconciles appetite with environmental awareness? Lauren Bravo takes stock

If I told you I was a flexitarian would you cringe? Throw a pie at my head? Dismiss me as an indecisive fence-sitter? If, like me, you’re a food lover who isn’t ‘into’ labels, it’s hard to know what to call yourself. I tend to go with ‘mostly vegetarian’, or perhaps a half-baked vegan. I’m big on nut butters, I tinker with tofu and tempeh, I rarely cook or eat meat at home… but I still flirt with a carbonara on a regular basis because I haven’t made my status official. I’m just trying to consume fewer animal products and put plants at the centre of my diet instead. Meat and me: it’s complicated.

I’m not the only one. While the modern food scene can feel like a battlefield, with lines drawn between extreme clean eaters and butter-soaked nose-to-tail types, there’s another group trying to reclaim the middle ground. Only 2-3 per cent of the UK is currently vegetarian or vegan (news that might surprise anyone who’s ever found themselves in a queue for jackfruit tacos), but more than a third of people now identify as ‘semi-vegetarian’, according to a 2015 Mintel report.

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Buy the November issue of delicious. magazine and celebrate our 15th birthday along with Michel Roux Jr, Henry Harris, Gill Meller, Tom Aiken, Mary Berry, Anna Del Conte and Annie Rigg. Eric Lanlard cooks a birthday cake, of course and everyone’s in the party mood with our simple cocktails and top wine recommendations. Find out which cookbook most inspired Nigella, Rick, Yotam, Prue and more. Plus, it’s not too early to start thinking about Christmas – see our gift guide for brilliant gift ideas and pick your favourite get-ahead Christmas bakes.