Apr 19

Disney World Resort Debuts All-You-Can-Eat Vegan Skillet With Four Types of Meat

Both Disney Land and Disney World have recently made huge efforts to increase their vegan offerings, and now a cafe at the Walt Disney World Resort has one-upped all of it with an all-you-can-eat plant-based skillet featuring various vegan meats.

The skillet meal is now available at the Canyon Café at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge in Orlando on their dinner menu. The meal, which is part of Disney’s “All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Signature Skillets”, comes with four different vegan meats as well as several sides. The meats include mustard-glazed beefless tips, maple-chipotle barbecue jackfruit, spicy sausage, and herb-brushed “trick’n chick’n”. The sides include sauteéd green beans, oven-roasted carrots, roasted potatoes and charred peppers.

This plant-based skillet is available for $33. Although it’s certainly not cheap, it is worth reemphasizing that it’s all-you-can-eat, meaning you can reorder as much as you’d like (which is rare in the vegan world).

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Apr 18

Kraft Heinz Invests in Five Startups, All Vegan

Kraft Heinz has unveiled the five food startups that will benefit from their Springboard program, and every one of them are vegan.

Kraft Heinz is a massive company which owns numerous mainstream brands such as Planters, Ore Ida, Jell-O, Oscar Mayer, Kool-Aid and many others. Their 16-week Springboard program, taking place in Chicago, supports five food startups by giving them $50,000 in starting capital, while increasing their networking and mentorship access. They’re also given the opportunity to earn an additional $50,000 in capital.

This five company’s participating in this year’s program are:

  • Origin Almond: Cold-pressed “almond juice” with interested flavors like lemon ginger, Thai coconut piña-colada and “iced lemon chai.
  • BRAMI: A company specializing in “Italian Snacking Lupini Beans”. Lupini beans are yellow legume seeds.
  • Blake’s Seed Based: Vegan protein bars.
  • Tiny Giants: Specializing in coconut-based yogurt pouches.
  • Ka-Pop!: A company focused on ancient-grain pop chips.

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Apr 18

McDonald’s Introduces Vegan Nuggets

McDonald’s has introduced a new vegan option at its Norway locations, with plans to expand to other countries if the test-run is successful.

McDonald’s vegan nuggets, available in Norway.

According to McDonald’s, the vegan nuggets, rather than an attempt to imitate their chicken nuggets, are vegetable nuggets made from potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, corn, cauliflower and onion. They are coated in a crunchy breading and then fried.

These new vegan nuggets marks a continued expansion of vegan products for McDonald’s around the world (though unfortunately none have reached the U.S. yet). In 2017 McDonald’s launched the McVegan in Finland and Sweden (in January McDonald’s Sweden also launched the vegan McFalafel). Also in January, McDonald’s UK announced a collaboration with The Vegetarian Society to launch a vegan wrap filled with meatless chicken that can be ordered in a Happy Meal. A similar adult version was also released; the Spicy Veggie Wrap. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 18

Eating Less or No Meat Associated With Lower Risk of Diabetes

Low meat and non-meat eaters have a lower risk of diabetes, in part because of a lower BMI, according to a new study published by the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, and epublished by the National Institute of Health.

For the study, researchers at the University of Oxford “examined the association between vegetarianism and risk of hospitalisation or death with diabetes in a large, prospective cohort study of British adults.”

The analysed cohort “included participants from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC)-Oxford study who were diabetes free at recruitment (1993-2001), with available dietary intake data at baseline, and linked hospital admissions and death data for diabetes over follow-up.” Participants “were categorised as regular meat eaters (≥50 g per day); low meat eaters (<50 g of meat per day); fish eaters (ate no meat but consumed fish); and vegetarians (ate no meat or fish, including vegans).” Researchers “used multivariable Cox proportional hazards models to assess associations between diet group and risk of diabetes.”

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Apr 17

QDOBA to Launch Vegan Impossible Ground Beef Nationwide by May 28

The fast food chain QDOBA, which features food such as tacos, burritos and burrito bowls, announced that by the end of May all of their locations in the U.S. will carry vegan ground beef made from the Impossible Burger.

According to a QDOBA press release, the company is expanding the availability of its seasoned Impossible Meat to all of its 730 U.S. locations. They will all begin carrying the vegan beef by May 28. In addition to customers having the ability to replace beef or chicken in any menu item with the Impossible meat, there will also be two designated menu items – the Impossible Burrito Bowl (pictured here) and the Impossible Taco.

“During our test [in Michigan], we quickly learned that consumers loved our unique take on Impossible, making it an easy decision to launch nationally,” says Jill Adams, vice president of marketing for QDOBA. “Our Impossible offering appeals to both meat lovers and vegans, while also delivering on the big, bold flavors that we’re known for at QDOBA.”

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Mar 12

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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Feb 20

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

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

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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Dec 12

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.


(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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