New Report Lists the Most Vegan and Vegetarian Friendly Cities in the United States

A new report details the most vegetarian and vegan-friendly cities in the United States.

Although 15.5 million people in the U.S. follow a vegan or vegetarian diet, “it’s not the easiest lifestyle to adopt, as finding meatless options at restaurants and supermarkets can be a challenge”, states a new report by WalletHub (a personal finance company). “That’s beginning to change, though, as more and more venues have begun to offer vegetarian or vegan meals, including many fast-food chains.”

One of the biggest concerns people express about vegetarian or vegan diets is the cost, states the report. “However, with meat costs rising faster than those of fruits and vegetables, Americans may find working some vegetarian or vegan meals into their diet to be an attractive option.”

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Study: Benefits of Plant-Based Diet Include “Weight Loss, Improved Cardiovascular Health, Lower Blood Pressure”

According to a new the benefits of a plant-based diet “include weight loss, improved cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, and improved glucose metabolism”, with the benefits being greater for obese individuals.

The study, titled Plant-based diet for obesity treatment, was published in this months issue of the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, and was epublished by the National Library of Medicine. It was conducted by researchers at the Universiti Brunei Darussalam in Brunei.

“Obesity rates continue to rise, resulting in a global epidemic that shows no sign of slowing down”, states the study’s abstract. “Our understanding of this complex disease is also constantly evolving, requiring healthcare providers to stay up to date with best practices. The application of plant-based diets (PBDs) may hold the key to a successful weight-control strategy.”

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The Vegan Herald’s Weekly Vegan Podcast – Episode 3

Below is episode 3 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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Winners of the World’s Best Vegan Cheese Awards 2022 Announced

The social media platform abillion has announced the winners of the World’s 10 Best Vegan Cheese Awards 2022

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abillion, “an online marketplace and global community of users passionate about sustainable living”, says the awards are based on more than 2 million consumer reviews of various vegan cheeses. The 10 winners were determined by evaluating consumer reviews of 3,967 vegan cheese products from abillion members in 80 countries, posted from July 2021 to July 2022.

abillion found that “consumption of vegan cheese products was highest amongst consumers in ArgentinaBrazilCanadaGermanyItalyMexicoSpainSwitzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.”

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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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