Tag: health

BEYOND MEAT PLANS TO MAKE VEGAN BACON AND STEAK

BEYOND MEAT PLANS TO MAKE VEGAN BACON AND STEAK

    According to Livekindly Popular vegan meat brand Beyond Meat has plans to make plant-based bacon and steak, CNBC reports. The brand became a favorite around the globe when it launched its iconic Beyond Burger, a vegan patty made from pea protein that looks, cooks, and tastes like beef – […]

Boxer Bryant Jennings Competes to Become First Vegan World Heavyweight Champ

Boxer Bryant Jennings Competes to Become First Vegan World Heavyweight Champ

  VegNews find out that Vegan boxer Bryant Jennings will compete against undefeated Colombian fighter Oscar Rivas tonight for the title of World Heavyweight Champion. Jennings adopted a plant-based diet in 2015 to improve his health and mental clarity. “I was a vegetarian before that, […]

Planetary health diet: Developed countries must cut red meat eating by 80% to protect Earth

Planetary health diet: Developed countries must cut red meat eating by 80% to protect Earth

According to Independent Scientists have drawn up a “planetary health diet” to safeguard the Earth from environmental disaster and ensure enough food is available for its booming population to stay healthy.

This would require red meat consumption to halve across the world but fall by more than 80 per cent in developed countries like the US and UK, the study says.

Dairy and sugar consumption would also need to decrease drastically, while the proportion of nuts, fruit, vegetables and legumes like lentils and chickpeas needs to double.

If this is achieved it could minimise the damaging effects of climate change, deforestation, and the loss of animal and plant species while preventing 11 million premature deaths a year.

“We are currently getting this seriously wrong,” Professor Tim Lang, one of the authors from City, University of London, said. “We need a significant overhaul, changing the global food system on a scale not seen before in ways appropriate to each country’s circumstances.”

While this is “uncharted territory” for policymakers, it is not impossible, Mr Lang added.

The world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion by 2050. But people’s health and the planet’s scarce resources are being put under increasing strain by a shift towards high calorie western-style diets.

Health campaigners have already called for meat taxes to save lives, but the Eat-Lancet Commission is the first to propose a diet on environmental grounds as well. It brought together 37 experts from 16 countries specialising in health, nutrition, environmental sustainability, economics and politics to look at how a balance could be struck.

What would the ‘planetary health’ diet look like?

An average daily calorie intake of 2,500 calories would include…

7g of red meat and pork – less than two cocktail sausages

29g of poultry – equivalent to one and a half nuggets

28g of fish – roughly a quarter of a medium sized fillet.

250g dairy – around one glass

Eggs – 1.5 per week

500g of fruit and vegetables – reducing amounts of starchy staples like potatoes

125g of legumes, peanuts, tree nuts or soy – rich sources of plant protein

52g fats – mainly from plant sources

While permitting variations based on local need and culture, the recommendations, published in the ​Lancet medical journal would require meat to become a weekly or fortnightly treat rather than a daily staple.

The shift to sustainable food production requires food waste to be cut in half and no more additional land to be turned over to agriculture – as is happening with rainforests destroyed for cattle ranching and palm oil production.

To achieve this livestock and fishing subsidies would need to be abolished, with the expansion of marine conservation zones and changes to shopping habits in developed nations – as well as protections for low income groups.

Professor Johan Rockstrom, from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany – who co-led the commission, said this would require “nothing less than a new global agricultural revolution”.

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“There is no silver bullet for combating harmful food production practices, but by defining and quantifying a safe operating space for food systems, diets can be identified that will nurture human health and support environmental sustainability.”

Free market groups and the meat and dairy industry accused the authors of pushing for the “nanny state” and said meat and dairy were a key part of good dietary health after the Lancet report found key claims, such as dairy being a integral for bone strength, were often not borne out in large studies.

Alexander Anton, secretary general of the European Dairy Association, said: “[The report] goes to the extreme to create maximum attention, but we must be more responsible when making serious dietary recommendations.“

“Milk protein has been recognised scientifically, and in EU legislation, as the most valuable protein for human consumption,” he added

The solution, based on three years of statistical modelling, is a diet consisting of around 35 per cent of calories obtained from whole grains and tubers, and protein mostly derived from plants.

High Fiber Intake Linked With Lower Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke, And Cancer Among Other Diseases

High Fiber Intake Linked With Lower Risk Of Heart Attack, Stroke, And Cancer Among Other Diseases

Plant based news revealed that Eating higher levels of dietary fiber is linked with lower rates of non-communicable diseases, according to a major new study published by The Lancet. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), non-communicable diseases include heart attacks and stroke, cancers, chronic […]

Almost Every Kind of Wild Fish Is Infected with Worms

Almost Every Kind of Wild Fish Is Infected with Worms

  MUNCHIES find out that Ever have a nice meal at a fancy restaurant, plop down $75 for a seafood dinner, then get home and open the container of leftovers to see worms wriggling out of your fillet? Maybe (hopefully) this has never happened to […]

Vegans: The most googled questions about veganism answered

Vegans: The most googled questions about veganism answered

 

According to BBC news People are searching for veganism on Google more than they have at any point over the last year – no doubt thanks in part to Greggs’s hugely popular new vegan sausage roll.

Plant-based diets are very much on the menu every January – as people try their hand at Veganuary – so it makes sense there are more questions being asked.

So we’ve answered some of most googled vegan-related queries to help you out:

How do vegans get calcium and protein?

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It’s been drilled into us all from a young age that calcium “makes your bones grow stronger” – as a well-known advert goes.

Traditionally that’s been associated with animal products like milk and yoghurt.

If you’re considering a plant-based diet you’ll want to stock up on alternatives like lettuce, rocket salad, parsley and kale – as well as stuff you might not normally buy like edamame beans, pak choi and dried figs.

Protein can be another big worry for people trying a vegan diet.

But there’s a fair amount of choice, including cheap and cheerful snacks like nuts and seeds – and the huge amount of protein bars sold these days that contain them.

Whole grains are something else to consider – you can dream up a tasty protein-packed menu by combining grains like brown rice with legumes such as chickpeas and lentils.

And you can even get pasta made of lentils these days if Indian isn’t your flavour.

If you love nothing more than a can of baked beans, you’re in luck – beans of all kinds can also be a good source of protein, as well as soy products like tofu and tempeh.

There are tons of options.

But vegans risk missing out on essential nutrients the body needs – like the vitamin B12 which is only found naturally in foods from animal sources – so meal planning is important

 

How do vegans make cake?

Eggs, milk, flour, sugar, butter, chocolate.

All these common cake ingredients are vegan to begin with or readily available in a vegan form – except the eggs.

Many vegans like to use egg replacers, which are easy to make at home.

Typical substitutes can include things like banana, flaxseed, applesauce and chia seeds.

Vegan Amy Kennedy, 21, from Essex, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat: “Vegan cakes are becoming more and more accessible, and a lot of the big supermarkets are releasing vegan cupcakes.

“A lot of biscuits are accidentally vegan too.

Are vegans against pets?

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There isn’t a straight yes or no answer to this one.

Amy says: “I think pets is a very blurred area for veganism, the reason being how they’re acquired.

“I’m personally against pets that are acquired through pet shops due to the practices that bring the animals into existence.

“If you rescue an animal and have all the correct facilities and abilities to keep them happy and healthy I see no issue.”

Raoul, from The Vegan Corner, YouTube’s first professional cookery channel dedicated entirely to plant-based cuisine, says he doesn’t believe vegans are against pets but it depends on how they are treated.

“For example, keeping a bird or a hamster in a small cage 24 hours a day for your own amusement isn’t something I would personally consider a nice thing.

“I do not have pets, but I’ve had dogs in the past and my goal has always been to live a great life together, and in this I can’t see any non-vegan behaviour.”

Are vegans against wool?

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Most vegans are against wool, according to Raoul.

This is because wool is obtained by raising sheep with the sole purpose of shearing their woollen fleece.

Amy says she’s also against wearing wool as “it feels wrong to me to wear an animal’s coat”.

“If people own items that contain animal products before going vegan they should definitely re-gift them as to avoid waste.”

Are vegans healthier?

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Recent analysis, which compared the health of vegetarian and vegans against that of meat eaters, suggests they are.

Researchers found being a vegetarian or vegan was associated with a significantly lower risk of heart disease and cancer.

But the analysis found that being vegetarian or vegan doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll live longer.

OXO Tower Launches Vegan Afternoon Tea

OXO Tower Launches Vegan Afternoon Tea

Vegan Afternoon Tea We haven’t forgotten the sandwiches. Or the scones. Or the clotted cream. Our Restaurant has perfected the tradition Afternoon Tea, but there was just one thing missing – a vegan option. Why can’t we indulge in all our favourites while sticking to a […]