2018 is set to be the official year of ditching dairy, new research by Blue Diamond Almonds, the world's largest producer of almonds, has suggested
There has been a 360 per cent rise in veganism in the UK over the past decade, with research pointing to dairy continuing to fall out of fashion in 2018. A further one in five (19 per cent) of UK adults are set to try a dairy free or vegan diet over the next twelve months.
Alongside vegetarianism and low carb diets, dairy free was revealed to be the diet we'd be most likely to stick with - half of those starting these diets in 2017 managed to keep them up. By contrast, the more extreme veganism, which is now enjoying a huge boost in popularity over the past few years, was revealed to be the diet we'd most like to start before then giving up.
Of the five per cent of UK adults who tried a vegan diet for the first time in 2017, nearly three firths (58 per cent) fell off the bandwagon, while more than a third (38 per cent) of those said they found it hard to maintain. One in five (21 per cent) claimed they simply didn't have the time to prepare suitable meals.
Sticking to resolutions
When it came to choosing 2018 resolutions, research found 'eating healthier' was a much more achievable goal than going to the gym - a third (30 per cent) of those who pledged to eat healthier in 2017 maintained this, in comparison to just one in ten (12 per cent) who stuck to their gym goals all year.
Despite many aspiring vegans failing to stick to the notoriously strict diet, veganism shows no sign of slowing down. Nine per cent are aiming to give the diet a go in 2018, while a further 10 per cent are planning to go dairy free. Millennials are proving to be a sucker for shaking up their diets, with over a quarter (28 per cent) planning to go dairy free or trying a vegan diet in the next twelve months.
When it comes to 2018 diet goals, the 6:1 - a more extreme form of the 5:2 - is set to be the most popular, with 12 per cent of UK adults looking to embark on this in 2018.