Over 80 percent of Americans are open to making meatless dishes, particularly if they have a similar taste or texture to meat, according to a survey by the California Walnut Board. Flavor and texture are the top reasons people prefer meat, and fear of missing that is one of the main reasons consumers are reluctant to try plant-based diets.

Walnuts, mushrooms and legumes (including beans, lentils and peas) are the top three foods consumers are willing to try in meatless meals. Walnuts were chosen by 70 percent of respondents for their texture, 65 percent for flavor, and 62 percent for their nutrients. 

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