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Trevor Noah Defends Vegan Cory Booker Against Fox News’ Silly Scandal

Trevor Noah Defends Vegan Cory Booker Against Fox News’ Silly Scandal

According to VegNews On this Tuesday’s episode of The Daily Show, host Trevor Noah dispelled a “scandal” that Fox News has created against New Jersey Senator Cory Booker after he announced his run for president in 2020. “What I have really enjoyed so far, is […]

Shaquille O’Neal and 13 Athletes Invest in Vegan Meat

Shaquille O’Neal and 13 Athletes Invest in Vegan Meat

Livekindly find out that NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal joins 13 other top athletes in investing in vegan meat brand Beyond Meat. The retired basketball player joins previously announced Beyond Meat investor, ambassador, and vegan athlete, Kyrie Irving. The Celtics point guard is considered one of the […]

13 Amazing Health Benefits of Red Grapes

13 Amazing Health Benefits of Red Grapes

Credit to Natural Food Series

1. Healthy Heart

A healthy heart is essential for a happy life, and red grapes can help achieve that. Red grapes get their red color from flavonoids that help protect from heart diseases by preventing blood clots and oxidation. The skin of these grapes is made up of anthocyanins, according to studies conducted anthocyanins protect the heart. The red grapes also consist resveratrol, which may potentially help in curing atherosclerosis, which carries heart diseases as a risk factor. A study in International Journal of Cardiology in 2013, states that grape skin extract can improve arteries after participants used them for 30 days.

2. Healthy Brain

A healthy mind in a healthy body is vital for a healthy lifestyle, but it needs upkeep and protection. Along with numerous nutrients that help the body function, red grapes can also help you have a healthy mind as the resveratrol inside it helps boost cognition. In a study conducted on adults, the researchers found that activity increased in the hippocampus, a part of the brain that deals with memory, after administrating it for 26 weeks. The researchers learned that it could increase learning speed and fight memory diseases.

3. Beautiful Skin

It has been found that resveratrol can reverse signs of aging and help tackle other skin issues. It can also help tackle acne if used with the common acne medication benzoyl peroxide. The antioxidants inside the grapes and their seeds are 50 times more powerful than vitamin E and 20 times stronger than Vitamin C. these help in protecting the skin from pollution, toxin damage and they can also help in repairing the collagen.

4. Weight Loss

Red Grapes do not have a lot of calories, a half-cup serving of red grapes contains only 23 calories, on the other hand, they are heavy on nutrients and can help keep up your nutrition. One serving is filled with numerous vitamins and can provide the 5 percent of Vitamin C that men need and 6 percent of what women need. In a study published in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism in 2014, it was stated that the resveratrol inside the grapes helped the participants burn more calories, as their muscles were using a larger amount of energy as opposed to what they usually did.

5. Helps Knees

It has been confirmed by a research conducted by the Texas Woman’s University that eating grapes daily can give one relief from knee pain, especially if its triggered by symptomatic osteoarthritis. Grapes improve the flexibility and mobility of the joints as it contains antioxidants that are polyphenols.  Grapes can also help lower the levels of uric acid in our body that cause pain in the knees.

6. Good for Eyes

In a research done by University I Miami, Florida it was found that grapes counter oxidative stress and promote eye health by directly making changes on the cellular level. Grapes decrease inflammation and increase protective proteins in retinas. The flavonoids in these fruits consist of oxidants that can decrease and get rid of free radicals to stop cataracts from forming.

7. Supports Immune system

In a study of 446 compounds, researchers from Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University found out that the resveratrol in grapes can naturally boost the innate immune system in humans.

8. Anti- Inflammatory Properties

There are two types of inflammation. Acute Inflammation– a defense mechanism that increases blood flow to fight infection and Chronic Inflammation that stays for months and years and becomes worrisome. It has been found that grapes consist of certain enzymes that counteract inflammation in our bodies. This brings about many repair functions in the body, relief to arteries and helps in keeping the heart healthy.

The cause of many diseases such as heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke inflammation. The resveratrol in red grapes shows promise in helping fight quite a few diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases to cancer and aging by directly targeting the inflammation.

9. Loaded with Potassium

Red grapes have a lot of potassium, 100 grams of fruit contains 191 mg of potassium. Potassium helps counteract the sodium in our bodies. Low sodium and high potassium diet can help with high blood pressure, cholesterol and the general health of our hearts.

10. Anti-Bacterial

Red grapes can protect you from many viruses and diseases as they contain antiviral and antibacterial properties. These properties allow us to fight diseases like poliovirus and herpes simplex virus.

11. Helps Your Kidneys

Grapes reduce the levels of uric acid in our bodies which helps the body to remove the acid from inside the system and reduce the workload of kidneys.

12. Fights Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Resveratrol inside the red grapes has been found to be useful against Alzheimer’s disease; it is a neurodegenerative disease and form because of free radicals and oxidative stress. Alzheimer can be controlled through antioxidants that are prevalent in Red Grapes. These agents increase the speed of learning and boost memory.

13. Fights Cancer

Resveratrol protects the skin from the harmful UVB rays produced by the sun and helps it protect from skin cancer. Researchers have found out that resveratrol can positively help in controlling cancer. They also help in protecting the body from radiation during cancer treatments.

What is Agar-Agar?

What is Agar-Agar?

The Spruce Eats presents Agar-agar, sometimes referred to as China grass, kanten, or just agar, is a gelatinous polysaccharide derived from red algae. Agar is used to gel many food products, such as puddings, desserts, jelly candy, soups, sauces, and more. It is a popular […]

Animal Liberation, Peter Singerm – must read

Animal Liberation, Peter Singerm – must read

Though there have been significant strides in our awareness of animal welfare in the decades since this book was written, ‘Animal Liberation’ is as relevant today as it ever was. Often described as the “the bible” of the animal liberation movement, Peter Singer’s book delves […]

Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowls

Spicy Sweet Potato and Green Rice Burrito Bowls

Credit to COOKIE + KATE

Healthy burrito bowls made with roasted sweet potato, green rice and black beans! This delicious, vegan dinner reheats well for lunch. Recipe yields 4 servings.

Ingredients

Green rice

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups long grain brown rice
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ cup baby spinach, lightly packed
  • ½ cup cilantro (mostly leaves, stems are ok), lightly packed
  • 1 jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeded, membranes removed and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled, roughly chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, more to taste

Sweet potatoes

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (3 to 4 medium sweet potatoes), peeled and sliced into 1-inch chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Seasoned black beans

  • 2 cans (14 ounces each) black beans or 3 cups cooked black beans, with their cooking liquid
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar or lime juice
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Additional garnishes

  • ¼ cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)
  • ¼ teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • Jarred mild salsa verde
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Crumbled feta (optional, not vegan)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line one large, rimmed baking sheet and one smaller sheet with parchment paper. Place the spinach, cilantro, jalapeño, shallot, garlic, salt and ½ cup of the vegetable broth in a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth.
    2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the rice and stir to coat. Spread the rice in an even layer on the bottom of the pot and let the rice lightly brown. This happens quickly! When the rice starts to brown, stir it and spread it out in an even layer again so that more of the rice browns.
    3. When most of the rice has lightly browned, scrape the green purée into the rice. Stir until the rice is evenly coated with green purée and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for a minute. Add the rest of the vegetable broth to the pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pot. Cook the rice on a very low simmer until tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
    4. While the rice cooks, toss the sweet potatoes in the olive oil, smoked paprika and salt until the sweet potatoes are evenly coated in oil. Arrange in a single layer on your prepared baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, tossing halfway, until the sweet potatoes are tender and caramelizing at the edges.
    5. Meanwhile, transfer the beans and their cooking liquid (don’t drain the beans) to a medium pot. Stir in the cumin and chili powder and warm over medium heat. Once the beans are simmering, cover the beans and reduce heat to maintain a very gentle simmer until you’re ready to serve.
    6. Once the rice is done cooking, remove the pot from heat. Uncover the pot and place a clean tea towel over the pot, then recover. The towel will help absorb excess liquid as the rice continues to cook in its own steam. (If you don’t have a clean towel, you can skip this step, just cover normally.) Let sit for 10 minutes.
    7. Once the sweet potatoes are done cooking, toss the pepitas with ¼ teaspoon olive oil and a sprinkle of salt on the small baking sheet. Toast the seeds in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes, until they’re turning lightly golden and making little popping noises. Set aside to cool.
    8. Fluff the rice with a fork and season with salt if necessary. Remove beans from heat, stir in the vinegar and season to taste with salt and pepper.

 

Ne-Yo on Veganism: “I’m Loving It”

Ne-Yo on Veganism: “I’m Loving It”

VegNews revealed that Musician Shaffer Chimere Smith (professionally known as “Ne-Yo”) credits his plant-based diet for helping him lose 30 pounds. “I am loving it. I genuinely am,” Smith told US Magazine about veganism. “It’s been about two years.” Smith transitioned to a plant-based diet […]