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Plant-based food consumption in India 2019 by type and gender

According to a survey conducted by Rakuten Insight in September 2019, a majority of respondents in India said they had consumed plant-based milk, from soy, rice almond or oats for example. This was higher among women than men, at 78 and 75 percent respectively.

India consumes a primarily cereal-heavy diet mainly due to price, varying in details across cultures and regions. While Indians are largely believed to be vegetarian and a model for a world that arguably requires a substantial decrease in the consumption of animal food sources for sustainability, the south Asian country ranked 102 out of 117 on the Global Hunger Index 2019. Research from early 2019 showed only the rich could afford meeting their recommended nutrition needs in the country.

Types of plant-based food products consumed in India as of September 2019, by gender

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Release date

November 2019



Survey time period

September 4 to 30, 2019

Number of respondents

6,934 respondents

Age group

16 years and older

Supplementary notes

Survey question:
Which of these plant-based alternatives have you tried?

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