Study: Vegan Diet Not Detrimental to Endurance and Muscle Strength, May Help Improve It

A vegan diet not only “does not seem to be detrimental to endurance and muscle strength in healthy young lean women”, but “submaximal endurance might be better in vegans compared with omnivores.” This is according to a new study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

In the general population, there is a popular belief that a vegan diet may be associated with a lower exercise performance due to the lack of certain nutrients in vegan individuals”, begins the abstract of the study. “Thus, the purpose of the present study was to examine endurance and muscle strength differences between vegan and omnivore participants.”

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Nathan’s Famous Adding Vegan Hot Dogs to 13 Locations

For vegan New Yorkers, it’s a long time coming: According to a recent report from the New York Post, Nathan’s Famous – beginning this coming Monday (June 7), will begin offering vegan hot dogs at 13 of its New York metro area locations. This includes its famous Coney Island location.

Nathan’s first unveiled its plans to offer vegan hot dogs in April, announcing a partnership with Meatless Farms. The hot dog will include Nathan’s Famous’ propriety blend of spices. According to a statement released by the chain, the new addition to menu isn’t just focused on appealing to “flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan customers”, but “all who enjoy a healthier diet.”

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Poll Finds 52% of Vegans Refuse to Date a Meat-Eater

According to new data released by Veggly, which is the world’s leading data app for those who are vegetarian or vegan, over half of vegans refuse to date someone who eats meat. Although some may not be surprised by this, it’s nonetheless interesting to have some actual numbers in regards to what percentage of vegans consider meat-eating to be a relationship deal-breaker.

For the poll, Veggly used 7,400 participations from around the globe, asking them a series of personal relationship-based questions. They found that a slight majority of vegans – 52% – wouldn’t even  consider dating a meat-eater. A much lower, but still substantial, number of vegans also stated that they wouldn’t date a vegetarian: 12%.

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Study: Vegans Tend to be Thinner, Have Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

According to a new study vegans “tend to be thinner, have lower serum cholesterol, and lower blood pressure, reducing their risk of heart disease.”

The study, titled simply “Health effects of vegan diets”, was published in the most recent issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“Recently, vegetarian diets have experienced an increase in popularity”, states the study. “A vegetarian diet is associated with many health benefits because of its higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and many phytochemicals and a fat content that is more unsaturated.”

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Study Finds Vegan Gut Profile Has “Greater Abundance of Protective Species”

According to a new study published in the journal Nutrients, and e-published by the National Institute of Health, the “vegan gut profile appears to be unique in several characteristics, including a reduced abundance of pathobionts and a greater abundance of protective species.” The study also found that “Reduced levels of inflammation may be the key feature linking the vegan gut microbiota with protective health effects.”

According to the study’s abstract, “This review examines whether there is evidence that a strict vegan diet confers health advantages beyond that of a vegetarian diet or overall healthy eating.” They note that “few studies include vegan subjects as a distinct experimental group, yet when vegan diets are directly compared to vegetarian and omnivorous diets, a pattern of protective health benefits emerges.”

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Australia Meat Consumption Drops to Lowest Point in 25 Years

Meat consumption in Australia is down considerably.

According to new data conducted and released by the research firm IBISWorld, the consumption of meat in Australia has dropped to its lowest point in 25 years. Furthermore, the research shows that an additional 10% drop in meat consumption is expected this year.

Pork consumption has seen the largest decrease in recent years, potentially due to the growing concerns regarding its health implications. However, overall meat consumption has dropped to around 99.5 kilograms annually, its lowest point since 1996

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Hawaii to Become Sixth State to Ban Animal Testing for Cosmetics

Legislation to make Hawaii the sixth state to officially and explicitly ban animal testing for cosmetics has been passed by the state’s full legislature.

According to the officially summary of the measure, it “Bans the import for profit, sale, and offer for sale of any cosmetic in the State if the final product or any component of the final product was developed or manufactured using animal testing performed on or after 1/1/2024.”

The measure – House Bill 1088 and its companion bill Senate Bill 345 – was passed unanimously by the legislature. It will now become law once signed by Governor David Ige (or allowed to become law without a signature). Governor Ige also has the option of vetoing the measure, though that’s extremely unlikely.

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Survey: 73% of Vegan Pupils Teased for Being Vegan

According to new research conducted and released by Vegan Inclusive Education, a large majority of vegan pupils report having been teased for being vegan, whereas 42% report having been bullied. The research may not come as a surprise to vegan parents and young adults, but it exemplifies the need for further education on the issue in order to reduce these numbers.

The study included 250 children and “aimed to capture the day-to-day experiences of vegans in schools”.

It’s not just students picking on other students: 16% reported having been teased by one or more of their teachers and 12% by other school staff. Of those who had been teased or bullied, only 25% said their school quickly resolved the issue. Sadly, the research found that less than 40% of vegan pupils feel “welcome and safe” in their school.

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Shake Shack Launches Vegan Cheeseburger

The popular burger chain Shake Shack has officially become the next major franchise to launch a vegan cheeseburger as part of their permanent menu (on several occasions Shake Shack has introduced a temporary vegan burger).

The new additional to Shake Shake’s menu is called the Vegan Crispy Shallot Burger. It features vegan smoky cheddar cheese, beer-marinated shallots that are fried, vegan dijonaise and a potato bun. Rather than doing what other chains like Burger King have opted for – using the Impossible or Beyond Burger – Shake Shake is using a housemade, mushroom-based patty.

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Survey: 55% in Britain Have Eaten More Vegan Meat and Dairy Alternatives Since Lockdown

Vegan English breakfast.

According to a new survey 55% of those in Britain say that have increased the number of vegan food items they’ve eaten since the country was put on lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The survey also found that 22% have tried some form of vegan meat or dairy for the first time ever since the lockdown began.

“The outcome of our poll reflects the increase we have seen in the demand for our plant-based alternatives”, Lisa Harrison, senior brand manager for Mexicana® Vegan and Mexicana® Vegan Slices, told Plant Based News in a recent interview.

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Field Roast to Launch Vegan Pepperoni in U.S. and Canada

Plant-based meat company Field Roast – popular for their sausages, deli slices and Chao cheese brand – has announced that they are officially launching a line of vegan pepperoni in the United States and Canada. Furthermore, Canadian pizza chain Pizza Nova has announced that it will featured the new pepperoni in all of its 140 locations.

According to a press release from Field Roast, the pepperoni has a similar flavor and texture as traditional pork pepperoni. It will be available at Pizza Nova locations starting today (January 11th) and will be sold to retailers in the second quarter of this year.

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Nestlé Launching Vegan Tuna Salad

Nestlé has announced that they plan to debut vegan tuna salad by the end of 2020.

“We are talking chicken analogue products like chicken nuggets and chicken fillets”, CEO Mark Schneider told Foodnavigator. “And we have been working now on a tuna salad analogue, which I think holds great promise and should be out on the shelves later this year. What you’re seeing here is a once in a generation opportunity to review, rejuvenate, re-energise this category because these ingredients, these plant-based ingredients, can find their way in so many of our dishes in follow-on products that make up this category.”

This isn’t Nestlé’s first attempt at entering the plant-based food market: Last year they launched the vegan Incredible Burger in Europe. In the U.S. Nestlé launched the Awesome Burger and Awesome Grounds in stores in September under the brand Sweet Earth (a company they purchased in 2017).

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