Nigeria Welcomes International Support for Plant-Based Push

ProVeg International has opened a new office in Nigeria with the intent to spread plant-based food to the country’s “markets, streets, schools, and hospitals.”

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Situated in Lagos, ProVeg Nigeria marks the tenth country to which the nonprofit has expanded since its inception in 2017 – another step in a goal of “reducing the global consumption of animals by 50% by 2040.” The office will begin its efforts by bringing vegan versions of Nigerian food to the people, with stands set to open in markets and schools.

Hakeem Jimo, vegan restaurateur and director of ProVeg Nigeria, is acutely aware of the prediction that Nigeria’s consumption of animal products will rise significantly alongside a spike in population; he aims to counteract this with a wave of plant-based food and awareness for the sake of animals, people, and the environment.
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Study: Meditation Program Combined With Vegan Diet “Increased Beneficial Bacteria” Even Months After Completion

According to a new study published in the journal BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies an advanced meditation program combined with a vegan diet resulted in an “increase in beneficial bacteria even three months after the completion”.

“Growing evidence suggests a role for gut bacteria and their metabolites in host-signaling responses along the gut-brain axis which may impact mental health”, states the study’s abstract. “Meditation is increasingly utilized to combat stress, anxiety, and depression symptoms. However, its impact on the microbiome remains unclear.”

With that in mind, for this study researchers “observed the effects of preparation and participation in an advanced meditation program (Samyama) implemented with a vegan diet including 50% raw foods, on gut microbiome and metabolites profiles.”
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Report Finds Global Dairy Alternative Market to Grow From $26 Billion in 2022 to $69 Billion in 2030

The global dairy alternatives market was valued at $26.01 billion at the end of 2022 and is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

Dairy Alternative The Dairy Alternatives Market Report, conducted by Grand View Research, found that the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6% from 2023 to 2030. By the end of 2030 the market is anticipated to be worth $69.9 billion.

“The market is gaining momentum and witnessing a high demand owing to the shift in consumer eating patterns and changes in diet trends”, states the report. “The increasing occurrences in the cases of milk allergies and lactose intolerances are expected to drive the demand further in the forecast period. Numerous food and beverage products are thus making the use of product to appeal to the growing consumer base that is opting for plant-based and other dairy alternatives.”
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Report: German Meat Consumption Declined in 2022, At Lowest Point Since Data Collection Began in 1989

According to a new report released by the Germany’s Federal Information Centre for Agriculture, meat consumption in Germany saw a noticeable decrease from 2021 to 2022, with 2022 seeing the lowest meat consumption since the group began collecting data on the issue back in 1989.

According to the report in 2022 per capita meat consumption dropped from 56.2 kilograms per person to 52, a 7.5% decrease. No year between 1989 and 2022 has seen a lower kilogram per person rate for meat consumption.

In terms of specific meat products, in 2022 Germans ate roughly 10% less pork (2.8 kg per person), 2.9% less poultry (400 grams per person) and 8.2% less beef/veal (900 grams per person).
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Vegan JUST Egg Sandwich Launches Today at All U.S. Barnes & Noble Locations

Barnes & Noble, the largest bookseller chain in the United States, has launched their first 100% plant-based sandwich in collaboration with JUST Egg.

JUST Egg Sandwich

The launch, which comes during Earth Month, includes all of the more than 500 stores in all 50 states.

The sandwich featured JUST Egg Folds topped with melted Violife cheese (smoked provolone), a plant-based aioli all on an onion ciabatta roll.
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Report: Vegan Steak Market to Grow from $598 Million Now to $1.1 Billion by 2033

A new report details the rapidly growing size of the vegan steak market.

The global market value for vegan steak is estimated to be $598.6 million in 2023, and is anticipated to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% from 2023 to 2033. This is according to a report by Future Market Insights. The report anticipates the overall valuation of the market to reach up to $1.13 billion by the year 2033.

“As the trend for veganism spreads across these countries, the demand for vegan steak along with other plant based protein alternatives is rising exponentially in the global as well local markets”, states the report. “As people are willing to invest time in learning more about these new food alternatives, vegan steak is anticipated to garner more new consumers in the future.”
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Study: Vegan Diet Associated With 31% Lower Risk of Chronic Kidney Disease in Hyperuricemia Patients

New research published in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients found that a “vegan diet is associated with a 31% lower risk of chronic kidney disease in patients wth hyperuricemia”.

The study notes that hyperuricemia (elevated uric acid level in the blood) is a well-known risk factor for chronic kidney disease, and that little is known about whether a vegetarian or vegan diet is associated with a lower risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in patients with hyperuricemia.

From September 5, 2005, to December 31, 2016, researchers retrospectively included clinically stable patients with hyperuricemia who received health check-ups at Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital. All participants completed a dietary habits questionnaire to determine whether they were omnivorous, lacto-ovo vegetarian, or vegan.
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Substituting Animal Protein for Plant-Based is Inversely Associated with Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Following a plant-based diet may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a new study published by the Journal of Nutrition.

Titled Isocaloric substitution of plant-based protein for animal-based protein and cardiometabolic risk factors in a multi-ethnic Asian Population, the study was conducted by researchers at the National University of Singapore, Curtin University in Australia, The University of Newcastle and George Washington University in Washington D.C.

“Evidence is accumulating that intake of animal- and plant-based protein have different effects on cardio-metabolic health, but less is known about the health effect of isocaloric substitution of animal- and plant-based protein”, states the study. The aims of the study were:
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