May 20

Study: Fruit Intake in Adolescents and Young Adults Reduces Breast Cancer Risk

A new study conducted at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and published in the British Medical Journal, has found that consuming high levels offruit fruit as a teenager – and oranges and kale as a young adult – can significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer.

For the study, researchers took data from 90,476 premenopausal women currently aged 27 to 44 from the Nurses’ Health Study II who completed a questionnaire on diet in 1991, and compared it to a diet questionnaire completed in 1998 by 44,223 of those women. They then did a follow up in 2013.

“There were 3235 cases of invasive breast cancer during follow-up to 2013”, states the study’s abstract. “Of these, 1347 cases were among women who completed a questionnaire about their diet during adolescence (ages 13-18). Total fruit consumption during adolescence was associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.”

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May 19

Baileys Introduces New Almond Milk Liqueur

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Baileys, famous for their liqueurs, has introduced a new liqueur made with almond milk.

“Our almondmilk is made from sweet almond oil and almond essence (extracted from crushed almonds), cane sugar and purified water with a touch of real vanilla”, Baileys states on their website. “This smooth spirit blends the luscious, nutty flavors of real almondmilk and real vanilla to create a versatile drink.”

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May 19

Number of Vegans in Britain More than Triples in Past 10 Years

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A vegan chicken sandwich (Veggie Grill).

A new study conducted by Ipsos MORI, and commissioned by the Vegan Society and Vegan Life Magazine, has found that there are over half a million people following a vegan diet in Britain, an over 350% increase over the past decade.

According to the study – the largest of its kind ever conducted in Britain – there are roughly 540,000 vegans in the country, a 360% increase from 2006, when there was just 150,000 vegans (the study took into account those 15 and older).

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May 18

Study: Vegan Blood Drastically More Effective At Combating Prostate Cancer Cells

(Photo: FI.edu)

(Photo: FI.edu)

A new study published in the Journal of Urology, and published online by the U.S. National Institute of Health, has found that the blood of those following a vegan diet is almost eight times more effective at combating prostate cancer cells than the blood of those following a typical American diet that includes the regular consumption of meat, dairy and eggs.

For the study, researchers at the University of California-San Fransisco took the blood of those following a vegan diet (for at least a year), and those following a diet with meat, dairy and eggs, and pitted it against cancer cells. It was found that the vegan blood was drastically more effective at suppressing cancer cells (almost eight times more effective, in fact).

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May 18

Vegan Marshmallows Now Available at Trader Joe’s

vegan marshmallowsAlthough not impossible, finding vegan marshmallows is a challenge, especially if you live outside of big cities like Seattle and San Francisco. However, Trader Joe’s has made a big move in making this task easier by offering their own brand of vegan marshmallows. Even better, 10 ounce bags retail at just $2.99, considerably lower than the standard market price for vegan marshmallows (which tends to be in the $5-$6 range).

The new marshmallows are part of an increasingly large line of vegan products offered by Trader Joe’s, included vegan chicken strips, vegan chorizo, vegan wraps (such as a lentil wrap and an eggplant wrap), vegan cookies and vegan ice cream, among other items.

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May 02

Los Angeles City Council Unanimously Passes Bill to Ban Sale of Bred Dogs, Cats and Rabbits

In a unanimous 12 to 0 decision the Los Angeles City Council has given approval to an ordinance that will explicitly prohibit the sale of commercially bred dogs, cats and rabbitscat-dog-rabbit. Instead, pet stores wanting to distribute animals will need to partner with adoption centers to help promote the adoption of rescue animals.

Los Angeles has had a moratorium on the sale of bred dogs, cats and rabbits since 2013, but that temporary ban was set to expire on June 30th. The new law puts in place a permanent ban with no time line for when the prohibition will end. The ordinance now goes to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is expected to quickly sign it into law.

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Apr 27

Majority of Americans Plan to Eat More Plant-Based Foods this Years, Finds Study

Stir-fried tofu (photo: cookingandme.com).

Stir-fried tofu (photo: cookingandme.com).

According to a new Wakefield Research study, a majority (55%) of those in the United States plan to eat more plant-based food this year.

Of the 55% of those who say they plan to eat more plant-based foods this year, 36% plan to eat “somewhat more”, with roughly 1 in 5 planning to eat “much more”. The study comes just days after the release of a report – conducted by Nielsen – which found that the sales of almond milk were up significant in 2015 compared to 2014, while the sales of dairy milk are down.

The study, commissioned by House Foods, also found that 35% of those in America like tofu, a number higher than most might expect given the negative stereotypes sometimes associated with it. 67% stated they like it primarily because of its health benefits.

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Apr 23

Did You Catch Shakespeare’s Vegan Message in ‘Henry VI’?

By PETA UK

Recited by Downton Abbey star and vegan activist Peter Egan, the following passage from Henry VI describes a tragedy that’s still happening today (Warning: The video includes extremely violent acts against animals):

Thou never didst them wrong, nor no man wrong;
And as the butcher takes away the calf
And binds the wretch, and beats it when it strays,
Bearing it to the bloody slaughter-house,
Even so remorseless have they borne him hence;
And as the dam runs lowing up and down,
Looking the way her harmless young one went,
And can do nought but wail her darling’s loss.

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Apr 23

10 Recent Studies that Will Make Non-Vegans Consider Converting

There have been a plethora of vegetarian and vegan studies released in recent months, showing the vast and diverse benefits of following a plant-based diet.

Below is a list of the most eye-opening and potentially mind-changing of these studies, in no particular order.

 

Study: Veganism Could Save Millions of Lives Annually, Prevent Trillions of Dollars in Environmental Damage

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Apr 22

Study: 99.6% in Germany have Herbicide in their System, Less for Vegetarians/Vegans

(Photo: healthygutbugs.com)

(Photo: healthygutbugs.com)

In an alarming and some would say horrifying new study, 99.6% of those in Germany have the herbicide glyphosate in their system, EurActiv Germany reports. Glyphosate is used in Roundup, one of the most popular products sold by Monsanto.

The study conducted by the Heinrich Böll Foundation – with 2,009 participants – found that 99.6% have residual glyphosate in their system. A whopping 75% were found to have glyphosate levels five times higher than amounts legally allowed in drinking water, and a third of the study’s participants had glyphosate levels that were 10 to 42 times the permissible level.

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Apr 20

PETA Names the Top 10 Vegan Cities of 2016

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has released their 2016 list of the top vegan cities in the United States, and some of the cities on the list may surprise a few people.

Below is the full list:

1. Portland, Oregon

This year, Portland, Oregon, takes the top spot on PETA’s list, thanks in part to its array of vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants. For example, Back to Eden Bakery serves up egg- and dairy-free baked goods and ice cream sundaes. Vtopian Cheese Shop & Deli offers over 20 vegan artisan cheeses, plus vegan pepperoni melts, paninis, and cheesecake. Homegrown Smoker Vegan BBQ features meat-free barbecue and cheesesteak subs, tempeh ribs, and Mac No-Cheese. Portobello Vegan Trattoria prepares lobster mushroom potato cakes, ravioli, tiramisu, and house-made coconut ice cream—all-vegan, of course. Petunia’s Pies & Pastries serves everything from vegan biscuits and gravy and Belgian waffles to blue corn tacos and vegan grilled cheese. Even Portland’s iconic Voodoo Doughnut now offers vegan doughnuts.

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Apr 19

Report: Almond Milk Sales Up 7.8% in 2015, Dairy Milk Sales Down 7%

almond milkAmericans are switching from Dairy-based milks to plant-based milks such as almond milk at a rapid pace, according to a new report by Nielsen.

“In fact, almond milk is now America’s favorite milk substitute, boasting sales growth of 250% over the past five years”, according to the report. “During that same period, however, the total milk market shrunk by more than $1 billion.”

When looking at the growth over just the last year – from 2014 to 2015 – sales of almond milk were up 7.8%, while sales of dairy milk were down 7%.

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