Long John Silver’s Announces Vegan Fried Fish and Crab Cakes

Long John Silver’s, America’s largest seafood chain with over 700 locations, has announced the launch of their new Fish-Free Filets and Crab-Free Cakes.

The chain has first launches the items at five test locations in California and Georgia, with the goal of making it a nationwide release if these tests are deemed successful (similar to what Burger King did with the Impossible Whopper, which is now sold across the country).

In addition to being able to purchase these items à la carte or through combo meals with two sides and a drink, Long John Silver’s will also offer a Plant-Based Platter, which includes two of the fish fillets, two crab cakes and two sides (vegan sides include French fries, green beans and corn).

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Impossible Foods Announces Vegan Chicken Nugget, to Launch in Restaurants in the Fall

Impossible Foods, maker of the popular Impossible Burger, has announced that it will soon launch its first-ever vegan chicken nugget.

The nuggets, which will be made with textured soy protein and sunflower oil, and is being made to replicate the specific bit and mouthfeel of regular chicken nuggets. Although they will first launch later this month at a trade show, they will be available at hundreds of restaurants across the country starting this fall, with them being available at retailers soon after.

“We’ve been busy with other things,” says Impossible Foods President Dennis Woodside. “We’ve been working on chicken for some time.”

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Study: Vegan Diet Significantly Reduces Menopause Symptoms

According to a new study published in the journal Menopause and epublished by the National Institute of Health, the combination of a low-fat, vegan diet and whole soybeans “was associated with reduced frequency and severity of hot flashes and improved quality of life in vasomotor, psychosocial, physical, and sexual domains in postmenopausal women.” The study is titled “The Women’s Study for the Alleviation of Vasomotor Symptoms (WAVS): a randomized, controlled trial of a plant-based diet and whole soybeans for postmenopausal women”.

“This study aimed to assess the effects of the combination of a low-fat plant-based diet and soybeans on the frequency and severity of menopausal hot flashes”, states the study’s abstract. For the study “Postmenopausal women (n = 38) reporting two or more hot flashes/day were randomly assigned to a low-fat, vegan diet, including ½ cup (86 g) of cooked soybeans daily, or to no diet changes for 12 weeks.”

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Panda Express Announces Launch of Vegan Orange Chicken

Panda Express has announced that they are collaborating with Beyond Meat to launch Beyond The Original Orange Chicken, which will be the fast food chains first-ever vegan meat product.

Although the item will first be launching at just a few locations across the United States – namely in New York City and California – the plan is to expand this to a nationwide launch if the test-run is successful. The product will have its official launch on July 27th.

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Illinois Legislature Passes Legislation Banning Retail Dog and Cat Sales

Illinois’ full legislature has passed legislation that explicitly prohibits stores from selling cats and dogs they obtained from breeders or inhumane breeding mills.

The measure – House Bill 1711 – would still allow retail outlets to host adoption events such as those in conjunction with local animal shelters. It was sponsored by Senators Linda Holmes and Christina Castro and Representative Andrew Chesney, along with a bipartisan coalition of 49 other legislators.

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Lightlife and Field Roast Join Forces With Boston Pizza to Offer Plant-Based Protein Options at All Locations

Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of leading plant-based brands Lightlife and Field Roast™ (“Field Roast”), has joined forces with Boston Pizza, Canada’s number one casual dining restaurant (launched in 1964), to kick off the outdoor dining season with two new menu items made with plant-based protein.

Available now through Labor Day, the restaurant will offer a Lightlife Plant-Based Burger and a pizza featuring Field Roast Plant-Based Italian Sausage Crumbles.

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Study: Vegan Pet Good “At Least as Palatable” to Dogs and Cats, Doesn’t Compromise Welfare

Vegan pet foods “are generally at least as palatable to dogs and cats as conventional meat or raw meat diets”, and they “do not compromise their welfare”. This is according to a new study published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS One: It was also epublished by the National Institute of Health.

“Consumer suspicion of conventional pet foods, along with perceived health benefits of alternative diets, are fuelling development of the latter”, notes the study’s researchers. “These include raw meat diets, in vitro meat products, and diets based on novel protein sources such as terrestrial and marine plants, insects, yeast and fungi.”

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Study: Vegan Diet Provides for Normal Height and Weight Progression in Children, Can be Beneficial

According to a new study published in the journal Nutrition Research, and epublished online ahead of print by the National Institute of Health, “a well-planned vegan diet using supplementation is likely to provide the recommended amounts of critical nutrients to provide for normal progression of height and weight in children, and can be beneficial in some aspects.”

The study, titled Nutrient status and growth in vegan children, can be found by clicking here.

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Fight – a Vegan Poem

 

The world can be hard to understand

Animals killed for the whims of man

Suffering on a scale so grand

It didn’t have to be like this

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Kite Hill Launches Vegan Creamy Queso, New Line of Protein Yogurt

The vegan food company Kite Hill, known for its yogurts and cheeses alternatives, has officially launched vegan queso nationwide. For now, the product can be found at Whole Foods Markets and Sprouts across the United States, with plans to expand into other stores soon.

The product is made from homemade culture almond milk that’s combined with bell peppers, jalapeños and tomatoes. An eight-ounce container can be purchased for the reasonable price of $4.99.

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Jay-Z Invests $250 Million in Plant-Based “Tesla of Chicken”

Rap iconic and husband to Beyoncé continues to be a part of the vegan meat market in a big way.

Jay-Z has officially invested a quarter of a billion dollars ($250 million) in SIMULATE, which is a plant-based chicken company. This follows SIMULATE’s $50 million in funding it earned earlier this month.

The investment fund leading the way is called SEVEN SEVEN SIX, and was created by Alexis Ohanian, the founder of Twitter. Other investors including Marcy Venture Partners, Jay Brown (CEO of Roc Nation) and Larry Marus (venture capitalist).

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No Difference in Muscle Structure/Function or Cardiovascular Fitness Between Vegans and Omnivores, Says Study

Despite “marked differences in habitual nutrient intake”, healthy, young vegan and omnivorous men” did not differ regarding vascular and skeletal muscle structure and function, or cardiovascular fitness”. This is according to a new study published by the European Journal of Sport Science. The study is titled Skeletal muscle properties and vascular function do not differ between healthy, young vegan and omnivorous men.

“A vegan diet is associated with reduced cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but protein deficiencies may be detrimental to skeletal muscle structure and function”, begins the study. “The aim of this study was to compare the vascular and skeletal muscle properties between young, healthy, recreationally active habitual vegan (VEG) and omnivorous (OMN) men.”

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