Taco Bell and Beyond Meat Introduce Vegan Carne Asada Steak

Taco Bell and Beyond Meat have announced a new partnership that will see the fast food chain offering vegan Carne Asada Steak at dozens of locations.

Although the Beyond Carne Asada Steak Quesadilla shown here is not vegan, the steak can be added to any other menu item.

“Taco Bell and Beyond Meat today announce the unveiling of a first-of-its kind, category-disrupting product: Beyond Carne Asada Steak”, states a press release. “Completely new yet expectedly flavorful, this plant-based protein will be available at select Taco Bell locations in the Dayton, Ohio area starting October 13, for a limited time, while supplies last”

Although the new vegan steak is launching at just 50 Ohio-area locations, the goal is to expand the product nationwide if this test run is deemed to be successful.

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Study: Plant-based Diets Have Potential to Reduce Diet-Related Land Use by 76%, Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 49%

A new study has found that “transitioning to plant-based diets has the potential to reduce diet-related land use by 76%, diet-related greenhouse gas emissions by 49%”.

The study, titled Plant-Based Dietary Patterns for Human and Planetary Health, also found that transition to plant-based diets can reduce “green and blue water use by 21% and 14%, respectively, whilst garnering substantial health co-benefits.”

Conducted by researchers at the University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire and the University of Warwick, the study was published in the journal Nutrients and was epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

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Study: Vegan Diet May Help Reduce Weight, Improve Glycemia, in Overweight or Type 2 Diabetes

According to a new study published in the journal Obesity Reviews, “adhering to vegan diets for at least 12 weeks may be effective in individuals with overweight or type 2 diabetes to induce a meaningful decrease in body weight and improve glycemia.”

The abstract of this new study starts by stating that “In parallel with an increased focus on climate changes and carbon footprint, the interest in plant-based diets and its potential health effects have increased over the past decade.”

The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis “was to examine the effect of vegan diets (≥12 weeks) on cardiometabolic risk factors in people with overweight or type 2 diabetes.”

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Vegan Honey Now at Hundreds of Kroger Stores

Kroger has officially launched a vegan alternative to honey.

The new item, called Simple Truth Plant Based Vegan Bee Free Honee, was released just days ago across hundreds of Kroger locations. Kroger, in addition to operating Kroger grocery stores, also operates many other locations including Fred Meyers, QFC, Ralph’s and Metro Market.

The new “Honee” has quite an interesting ingredients list. Starting with agave nectar (which in and of itself many consider a vegan alternative to honey), Kroger then adds brewed chamomile tea, cane sugar, apple juice, natural flavors and – oddly enough – certified gluten-free beer (water, millet, buckwheat, yeast and hops).

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The Vegan Herald’s Weekly Vegan Podcast – Episode 2

Below is episode 2 of The Vegan Herald’s Weekly Vegan Podcast, airing every Sunday at 10am PT. Future episodes can be found by clicking here.

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Study: Plant-Based Diet Significantly Lowers Risk of Prostate Cancer

A study published in the The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition “provides supportive evidence that greater consumption of healthful plant-based foods is associated with a lower risk of aggressive forms of prostate cancer”.

“Plant-based diets are associated with multiple health benefits and a favorable environmental impact”, states the study. “For prostate cancer, previous studies suggest a beneficial role of specific plant-based foods (e.g., tomatoes) and a potentially harmful role of specific animal-based foods (e.g., meat, dairy). However, less is known about plant-based dietary patterns.”

Because of this, researchers “sought to examine the relation between plant-based diet indices and prostate cancer risk, including clinically relevant disease.”

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Study: Plant-Based Diets May Improve Vascular Health in African-American Individuals

Plant-based diets may be cardioprotective and improve vascular health in African-American individuals, according to a new study.

The study, titled The impact of a plant-based diet on indices of cardiovascular health in African Americans: a cross-sectional study, was published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, and was epublished by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It was conducted by research at the The University of Texas at Arlington’s Department of Kinesiology.

“African-American (AA) individuals are disproportionately affected by cardiovascular diseases”, states the study. “Plant-based diets (PBD) may be cardioprotective in part through their high antioxidant capacity and low inflammatory load.”
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Vegan Cheese Brand Miyoko’s Creamery Announces Foodie Truck Tour

Plant milk creamery Miyoko’s Creamery has announced the launch of their Foodie Truck Tour this fall

The vegan food truck will offer dishes made with Miyoko’s cheese and butter, including offerings such as cajun street corn and orzo aglio e burro made with European-Style Cultured vegan butter, margherita pizza made with their first-of-its-kind liquid cheese, caprese salad with fresh plant milk mozzarella, gourmet cheese plates featuring Double Cream Chive, Black Ash and Herbs de Provence cashew milk cheese, among other crave-worthy bites.

Kicking off this month in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country, where Miyoko’s Creamery is based, the truck is making stops in the Bay Area, Southern California and Arizona, before wrapping up the tour in Austin, TX in early November.

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Owners of Vegan Dogs Did Not Perceive Adverse Health Effects, Report Increase in Dog Longevity

According to a new study published in the journal Research in Veterinary Science, “dog owners feeding a plant-based diet did not perceive adverse health effects in their dogs”, while “dog longevity was reported to be greater for dogs fed plant-based diets.”

“Some dog owners elect to feed their dog a plant-based food either as part of or for their entire dietary intake”, states the study’s abstract. “Being omnivores or facultative carnivores, a strictly plant-based diet is not the natural type of food dogs evolved to consume, leaving some question as to whether this feeding management strategy is safe and healthy for dogs.”

With this in mind, researchers “surveyed owner perceptions of health and wellbeing of dogs and compared between those fed meat-based and plant-based diets.”

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Report: Global Plant-Based Food Market to Grow from $10 Billion in 2021, to $30 Billion by 2030

According to a new report the global plant-based food market was valued at $10 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a yearly rate of 12% to reach a value of $30 billion by 2030.

“The global plant-based food market growth is attributed to a shift in consumer preference toward veganism”, states the report, titled Plant-based Food Market – Global Industry Analysis, Growth, Share, Size, Trends, and Forecast. “Based on types, the global plant-based food market is segregated into seafood substitute, egg substitute, meat substitute, dairy substitute, and others. The dairy substitute segment is projected to expand at a rapid pace during the forecast period”, states the report.

“Growth of the segment is attributed to rising prevalence of lactose intolerance, consumer concern over animal cruelty in conventional dairy farming practices, and nutritional advantages of plant-based dairy alternatives.” On the other hand, “the seafood substitute segment is anticipated to expand at a high CAGR during the forecast period due to increasing investments and food developments in species-specific seafood substitutes, rising consumer preference for seafood that is vegan, and rising number of product innovations.”

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