Healthy alternatives to fat, excess sugar, eggs, and artificial ingredients are becoming more cost-effective. They are also more readily available in local grocery stores, chain department stores with grocery sections, warehouse food outlets, and even bargain stores. That allows people of all income brackets to find healthy food products, try them at home, and enjoy them on a regular basis. The technology used to discover plant-based ingredients, develop and test processes for manufacturing , and create new product lines is efficient. It actually costs less than manufacturing food in traditional manners. Using real eggs to make mayonnaise, for example, costs more money than manufacturing an alternative with pea protein instead of eggs.
The reduction in costs means the final product can be sold for less, and the company can still make a profit. Alternatives are also more environmentally-friendly, which helps retain natural resources. Peas take up less land, need less water for production, and use less energy than maintaining egg farms. No eggs also mean no animal products, no cholesterol, no preservatives, no genetically modified elements, and no artificial ingredients in the mayonnaise. It is healthier for people to consume, costs less to purchase, and is better for the planet. Plant-based ingredients are not new, they are just being used by more companies in different ways, and being improved upon regarding processes and taste.
Healthy foods that are lower priced will still remain on the shelves if they do not have a great taste that satisfies customers. Many independent companies have chefs who help with developing products to ensure texture, taste, and consistency.
Increased competition is another reason alternatives are becoming more cost-effective. Once a product has been perfected, adding different flavors is the next step to attract customers. One of Hampton Creek’s healthy alternatives, for example, is Just Mayo, which was originally available in one flavor. It is now offered in four flavors. Salad dressing is another example. The first one was ranch flavored, and now there are a total of seven flavors from which to choose. Companies have ideas and more products in various stages of development. Check the grocery store or department stores for new items, and try them with the family.