Study: Vegan Diet Improves Quality of Life and Sleep, Reduces Pain, in Fibromyalgia Patients

A new study published by the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health has found  “significant improvements in biochemical parameters, quality of life, quality of sleep, pain at rest and general health status” when fibromyalgia patients follow a plant-based diet.

The study, titled Skeletal muscle properties and vascular function do not differ between healthy, young vegan and omnivorous men, was also epublished by the U.S. National Insitute of Health.

According to the study’s abstract, “Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic non-degenerative disease characterized by the presence of multiple symptoms such as chronic pain, which negatively influence the quality of life of sufferers, most of whom are women.” it notes that “Currently, there is no effective treatment to limit the impact of these symptoms.”

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Vegan Athlete Breaks World Record for Most Loops Around Central Park

A vegan athlete has broken the world record for the most loops around New York City’s Central Park without stopping. Robbie Balenger was able to run 16 loops around the 6.1 mile track in an 18 hour period.

In total, Balenger ran 100 miles, demolishing the previous record of 69.5.

“I’ve run seven ultramarathons in four months”, says Balenger. “I’ve completed a 75-day, 3,200-mile transcontinental run across the US. But this is the most miles I’ve ever run in a single day,. However, once I put forth this level of accountability, I have to see it through. My word is my bond.”

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Study: Vegans are Happier than Meat-Eaters

According to a new large-scale study conducted by the organization Tracking Happiness, vegans – on average – are notably happier than those who eat meat on a regular basis.

The study, which had 11,537 participants, found that:

    • Vegans report higher happiness levels than meat-eaters (+7%).
    • Happier people are more likely to turn 100% vegan in the future.
    • Only 14% of our meat-eating respondents reported a negative bias towards vegans. Non-vegans aren’t nearly as opposed to veganism as the stereotypes suggest.
    • 32% of vegans & vegetarians state that their biggest driver is the environment.
    • Older people are less likely to ever adopt a vegan diet.

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Plant-Based Diets Drastically Reduce COVID-19 Severity, Finds Study

According to an important new study published by the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, plant-based diets “were associated with lower odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19.” The study is titled Plant-based diets, pescatarian diets and COVID-19 severity: a population-based case–control study in six countries.

“Several studies have hypothesised that dietary habits may play an important role in COVID-19 infection, severity of symptoms, and duration of illness”, states the study’s researchers. “However, no previous studies have investigated the association between dietary patterns and COVID-19.”

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Top 3 CrossFit Competition Winners All Vegan

In a prime example of how being vegan not only doesn’t negatively impact performance in sports but may in fact help it, the top three challengers in a major CrossFit competition just happen to all be vegan.

The Nobull CrossFit Games in Germany saw Lidia Bartoszewicz, Katharine Isele and Lisa Eble pull in the top three spots.

“[My body] doesn’t need meat as a source of protein”, says Eble. “There are enough vegetable proteins that have made me quite fit.”

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Study Finds Plant-Based Diets Protect Against Chronic Disease Mortality

According to a new study published by the journal Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, plant-based diets may protect individuals from mortality due to chronic disease.

Titled “Plant-based diets and risk of disease mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of cohort studies”, the study was epublished by the National Institute of Health.

“We aimed to examine the association between adherence to plant-based diets (PBDs) and the risk of mortality among the general population”, states the study. “Relevant investigations were identified through PubMed, Scopus, Embase, and ISI Web of Knowledge.”

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Study: Vegan Diet Not Detrimental to Endurance and Muscle Strength, May Help Improve It

A vegan diet not only “does not seem to be detrimental to endurance and muscle strength in healthy young lean women”, but “submaximal endurance might be better in vegans compared with omnivores.” This is according to a new study published by the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, and epublished by the U.S. National Institute of Health.

In the general population, there is a popular belief that a vegan diet may be associated with a lower exercise performance due to the lack of certain nutrients in vegan individuals”, begins the abstract of the study. “Thus, the purpose of the present study was to examine endurance and muscle strength differences between vegan and omnivore participants.”

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Nathan’s Famous Adding Vegan Hot Dogs to 13 Locations

For vegan New Yorkers, it’s a long time coming: According to a recent report from the New York Post, Nathan’s Famous – beginning this coming Monday (June 7), will begin offering vegan hot dogs at 13 of its New York metro area locations. This includes its famous Coney Island location.

Nathan’s first unveiled its plans to offer vegan hot dogs in April, announcing a partnership with Meatless Farms. The hot dog will include Nathan’s Famous’ propriety blend of spices. According to a statement released by the chain, the new addition to menu isn’t just focused on appealing to “flexitarian, vegetarian and vegan customers”, but “all who enjoy a healthier diet.”

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Poll Finds 52% of Vegans Refuse to Date a Meat-Eater

According to new data released by Veggly, which is the world’s leading data app for those who are vegetarian or vegan, over half of vegans refuse to date someone who eats meat. Although some may not be surprised by this, it’s nonetheless interesting to have some actual numbers in regards to what percentage of vegans consider meat-eating to be a relationship deal-breaker.

For the poll, Veggly used 7,400 participations from around the globe, asking them a series of personal relationship-based questions. They found that a slight majority of vegans – 52% – wouldn’t even  consider dating a meat-eater. A much lower, but still substantial, number of vegans also stated that they wouldn’t date a vegetarian: 12%.

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Study: Vegans Tend to be Thinner, Have Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

According to a new study vegans “tend to be thinner, have lower serum cholesterol, and lower blood pressure, reducing their risk of heart disease.”

The study, titled simply “Health effects of vegan diets”, was published in the most recent issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

“Recently, vegetarian diets have experienced an increase in popularity”, states the study. “A vegetarian diet is associated with many health benefits because of its higher content of fiber, folic acid, vitamins C and E, potassium, magnesium, and many phytochemicals and a fat content that is more unsaturated.”

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Study Finds Vegan Gut Profile Has “Greater Abundance of Protective Species”

According to a new study published in the journal Nutrients, and e-published by the National Institute of Health, the “vegan gut profile appears to be unique in several characteristics, including a reduced abundance of pathobionts and a greater abundance of protective species.” The study also found that “Reduced levels of inflammation may be the key feature linking the vegan gut microbiota with protective health effects.”

According to the study’s abstract, “This review examines whether there is evidence that a strict vegan diet confers health advantages beyond that of a vegetarian diet or overall healthy eating.” They note that “few studies include vegan subjects as a distinct experimental group, yet when vegan diets are directly compared to vegetarian and omnivorous diets, a pattern of protective health benefits emerges.”

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Australia Meat Consumption Drops to Lowest Point in 25 Years

Meat consumption in Australia is down considerably.

According to new data conducted and released by the research firm IBISWorld, the consumption of meat in Australia has dropped to its lowest point in 25 years. Furthermore, the research shows that an additional 10% drop in meat consumption is expected this year.

Pork consumption has seen the largest decrease in recent years, potentially due to the growing concerns regarding its health implications. However, overall meat consumption has dropped to around 99.5 kilograms annually, its lowest point since 1996

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