Taco Bell Unveils New Menu Certified by the American Vegetarian Association!
When cooking and shopping for themselves, most vegans will not complain about a lack of options or delicious foods available to them. Meat-free, dairy-free and entirely animal product-free options exist that are filling, nutritious, and absolutely mouth watering.
However, when dining out in places that are not specifically vegan or vegetarian, it can become a little trickier. When it comes to fast food chains and omnivore restaurants, even the seemingly veggie options can contain animal products–ranging from lard, cream, gelatin, and so on, turning all vegetarians and vegans into detectives.
Taco Bell, however, has made things significantly easier by becoming the first ever Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) to introduce a new vegetarian menu that has been certified by the American Vegetarian Association!
The new menu offers 13 ready-made vegetarian items, and just some of the options include the 7-Layer Burrito, the Cantina Power Veggie Bowl, Black Bean and Rice, and the Double Tostada. The menu also has 35 a la carte options, such as beans, guacamole, and many sauces, of which 26 are vegan.
Taco Bell reportedly sells over 350 million vegetarian menu items every year, and when a spokesperson for the chain was asked about the decision, they stated:
“We’re continuing our tradition of rolling out food-firsts as the first QSR to be certified by the American Vegetarian Association – something we’re extremely proud of. We know that our customers are more engaged and more curious about their food than ever before, and with an AVA certification – the recognized standard of vegetarian assurance – those looking for meat-free options can be confident in their choices.”
When asked about future plans that could include completely vegan menu items, the spokesperson continued:
“As a leader in the vegetarian space, we will continue to explore other options, just as we are for other relevant lifestyles, as we continue to innovate across our entire menu.”
While Taco Bell and fast food in general is not ideal food to be consuming–especially on a regular basis, this is big news for vegetarians and vegans, as it shows their numbers and influence are growing, and companies–big and small, are taking notice!
UPDATE: Taco Bell has unveiled a “How To Eat Vegan At Taco Bell” guide with nine options.
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