Jan 28

Vegan Diet Provides “Long-Term Sustainable Solutions for the Health Care Challenges of the Newest Era”

A vegan diet provides a long-term sustainable solution to many of the world’s health care challenges, according to a new study published in the journal Orvosi Hetilap.

vegan dietThe meta-study, which was published online by the U.S National Institute of Health, was conducted by researchers at the University of Pécs in Hungary. Its abstract begins by stating that a plant-based diet “is an old-new trend in nutrition.”

For the study, researchers examined a plethora of literature on the subject of vegan diets. In doing so they found continuing evidence of “positive physiological effects of plant-based diet and its possible role in diseases risk reduction.”

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Jan 28

Soy Chorizo Again Wins Favorite Meat/Meatless Product in Trader Joe’s Customer Choice Awards

For the second straight year, Trader Joe’s Soy Chorizo has won the award for “Favorite Meat/Meatless” product in the store’s annual Customer Choice Awards.

The winners of Trader Joe’s 8th Annual Customer Choice Awards were announced last week. One of the categories was once again Favorite Meat/Meatless product, where interestingly vegan meat products are placed up against actual meat products. Of the five products listed, three were meat (ground turkey, chicken sausage and grass fed ground Angus Beef), and two were vegan (the chorizo and meatless meatballs). Not only did the soy chorizo come in first, the only other vegan product came in second. Ground Turkey came in third.

Of the 14 categories (if you don’t count the final category of Favorite Customer, with the winner being “You”), nine of the winners are vegan products (in addition, nine of the 14 categories have vegan products that came in second place). Some of the categories include Favorite Snack, Favorite Condiment and Favorite Frozen item.

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Jan 28

Plant-Based Meal More Filling than Meat-Based Meal, According to Study

In a study that compared the satiability of beans and peas to veal and pork, it was found that the plant-based meal is more filling.

For the plant-based meals, researchers used legumes.

“Recent nutrition recommendations advocate a reduction in protein from animal sources (pork, beef) because of environmental concerns”, begins the study’s abstract. “Instead, protein from vegetable sources (beans, peas) should be increased. However, little is known about the effect of these vegetable protein sources on appetite regulation.”

With this in mind, the study’s objective was to “examine whether meals based on vegetable protein sources (beans/peas) are comparable to meals based on animal protein sources (veal/pork) regarding meal-induced appetite sensations.”

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Jan 28

Baileys Almond Milk Liqueur Officially Certified Vegan

Baileys Almonde Almondmilk Liqueur will be re-releasing in March as a certified vegan product.

almond milk LiqueurLast year Baileys introduced a liqueur made with almond milk, which immediately drew the attention of the vegan community. However, despite being made from almond milk, the product released without being certified vegan. Thankfully that has changed, and starting in March Baileys is releasing their Almande Almondmilk Liqueur as a certified vegan product.

“We are very excited about the positive interest Baileys Almand Almondmilk Liqueur has received since our recent test launch in select cities around the US.”, says Nicola Heckles, Director of Liqueurs at Diageo North America (the parent company of Baileys). “The innovative new product has allowed consumers that are looking for a dairy-free and gluten-free option to now enjoy the delicious taste of Baileys.”

Heckles continues; “Particularly, the vegan community has expressed great interest in the product both here in the US and beyond. As a result, we have taken the time to reformulate the liquid and are especially excited to announce that Baileys Almande Almondmilk Liqueur is now a certified vegan product. It will be available nationwide beginning in March with new packaging featuring the official vegan symbol on the bottle.”

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Nov 28

Study: Like Humans, Pigs Can be Optimists or Pessimists

pigsA new study published in the journal The Royal Society has found that pigs have unique personality traits that allow them to be optimists or pessimists. These results suggest that “judgement in non-human animals is similar to humans, incorporating aspects of stable personality traits and more transient mood states.”

In humans, “mood and personality interact to determine cognitive bias, but to date, this has not been investigated in non-human animals”, states the study’s abstract. “Here, we demonstrate for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, in a non-human animal, the domestic pig (Sus scrofa domesticus), that mood and personality interact, impacting on judgement.”

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Nov 28

Vegan Sets New Record for Weightlifting in Iceland

Weight lifter Huda B. Waage has set a new national record in Iceland for squat lifts.

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(Photo: Hörður Birkisson)

The entirely vegan lifter was able to lift 205 kilograms (452 pounds) in a squat, besting the previous record.

“You can be strong without eating meat and animal byproducts”, says Waage, who credits her plant-based diet for giving her strength and helping her heal. “I’ve reached the age when the body produces more swelling. I believe my diet helps with this and I recover more quickly after practices.”

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Nov 27

Study: Plant-Based Diet Safe for Dogs, May Have Medical Benefits

A new study is one of the first to examine the health consequences of an entirely plant-based diet for canines.

The DOGG Canine-Nutrition Company recently announced the results of their veterinarian-guided feeding trial. The study included 20 dogs placed on a “fresh, pure, whole, plant-based diet”. For all of these canines it was found that a vegan diet had absolutely no negative health consequences. On the contrary, it was found to be beneficial for certain medical ailments.

“We’ve just finished conducting a 12 week informal trial here at Yaletown Pet Hospital”, says Dr. Gavin Myers, Supervising Veterinarian at Yaletown. “The dogs in the study came from all breeds and ages, some were healthy whereas some had minor, non life threatening medical ailments.”

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Nov 27

Introducing The Vegan Piecaken

Introducing the Vegan Piecaken

By Melinda McKee, PETA.org

vegan piecakenIf you can’t choose between pie and cake for dessert, we’ve got the recipe for you. The vegan “piecaken” might be the craziest thing you’ve ever seen, and it’s the perfect treat to show people how fantastic animal-free food can look and taste.

We started with 3 “accidentally vegan” pies* (though you could always make yours from scratch, of course). The combination of 1 apple, 1 cherry, and 1 razzleberry works particularly well. We baked them according to the directions on the packages, and they smelled so good that we almost ate them right then and there.

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Jun 24

Study: Vegetarians Have Significantly Reduced Risk of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(Photo: IBSRegister.com)

(Photo: IBSRegister.com)

A study published this week by the U.S. National Institute of Health, and published in print by the journal Neurogastroenterology & Motility, has found that a vegetarian diet is associated with a significantly reduced risk of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), compared to diets where meat is consumed on a regular basis.

“Although several dietary factors have been reported to alleviate or aggravate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), no information is available linking habitual dietary patterns to irritable bowel syndrome”, states the study’s abstract. “This study was undertaken to assess the association between dietary patterns and the risk of IBS among Iranian adults.”

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Jun 24

Zambia Government Halts Slaughter of 2,000 Hippos

hipZambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife has announced that it will halt the killing of hundreds of hippopotami that was planned over the next several years.

In total, 2,000 hippos were set to be killed over the next five years, a move the government says could help prevent the spread of anthrax. However, the animal-rights organization the Born Free Foundation recently launched a campaign to prevent the killings of an animal that’s entire African population is well under 100,000. The campaign was successful, leading to the government to place a temporary ban on the killings; a ban the Foundation hopes will become permanent.

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Jun 24

Gardein Vegan Meats Now Sold in Over 23,000 Stores, 150 Colleges

Gardein_Logo_Deliciously_Meat_FreeGardein, launched in 2010 and purchased in 2014 by Pinnacle Foods (parent company of Vlassic, Duncan Hines and many others), has quickly become a dominate player in the vegan meat market. Until now, however, no one knew exactly how dominate.

As reported by Latest Vegan News, Gardein products are currently in over 23,000 stores across the United States. In addition, their products are being sold in 5,000 food service establishments, and over 150 colleges. According to a Gardein representative, their top products in retail are their Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, Meatless Meatballs and Fishless Filets, while their top products at foodservice locations are their Chick’n Breast, Chick’n Strip, Beefless Strip and Meatless Meatballs.

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Jun 24

Did You Know: Olive Garden Breadsticks Are Vegan

breadOlive Garden isn’t exactly known for being vegan friendly, with their popular salad dressing riddled with dairy and a menu filled with meat and cheese. However, despite what many people might think, Olive Garden’s famous breadsticks are entirely vegan. Rejoice!

Olive Garden actually has a guide on their website for what on their menu is vegetarian and vegan, and the breadsticks are explicitly labelled as vegan. The buttery garlic topping is actually made with soy, rather than animal-based butter as many expect. Thankfully, their marina sauce is also vegan, giving you something to dip the breadsticks in. Although their dressing isn’t vegan, the salad can be made vegan by switching it out for olive oil and vinegar, an remove the croutons.

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