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Vegan Women Summit to Host Virtual Event on the Intersection of Race and Veganism – VegOut Media LLC

The Vegan Women Summit (VWS) educates, empowers, and inspires women leaders to spread compassion. The organization is hosting a Virtual Gathering special on June 23rd featuring vegan leaders across three generations. The interactive live event will feature speakers Jasmine Leyva (filmmaker and actress), Haile Thomas (compassion activist and content creator), and Tabitha Brown (vegan influencer and actress) to lead a discussion addressing the interconnectedness of supporting the Black community and supporting the vegan community.

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Jennifer Stojkovic, Founder of VWS told VegOut, This event, which is the ninth in our Virtual Gathering Series, will bring together three of our returning speakers for a crucial conversation on the intersection of race and veganism. We hope this event provides a learning opportunity for our attendees to better understand how supporting the Black community intersects with supporting the vegan community, why this work is important, and how they can become a better ally.

The first ever Vegan Women Summit took place on February 1st 2020 in San Francisco, California. The event highlighted vegan women speakers in the plant-based industry including Miyoko Schinner, Jasmine Leyva, Aisha Pinky Cole, and more. The company launched an online Virtual Gathering Series in March 2020 designed to facilitate discussions, provide support, and educate the viewers.

Tune in on Tuesday June 23rd from 7pm to 8pm CDT. The event is free to attend, however spots are limited. Attendees also have the option to support the VWS with a donation. Jennifer stated, VWS events are open to attendees from all backgrounds. We encourage any and all who are interested in learning from these incredible speakers to attend.

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Sales of Organic Vegan Cheese Pizzaschmelz Double in One Year – vegconomist – the vegan business magazine


The German vegan cheese brand Wilmersburger has reported a significant increase in sales in early 2020. Sales of its organic grated pizza cheese alternative, Pizzaschemlz, have doubled since last year.

In the final quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, Wilmersburger registered double-digit growth. While the increase in sales of its pizza cheese was particularly notable, demand for many of its other products also increased. These included the brands Classic, Hearty, and Queen-Style slices.

Wilmersburger was founded in 2011 and was an immediate success, with sales figures in the black from the beginning. The brand has won several awards for its cheese alternatives, both national and international. Its products are free from allergens such as almonds and lupin.

The company attributes its success to the fact that it is entirely vegan. Since we ourselves are vegan, we know the industry sector well, we know what our clients want and we enjoy their trust, says managing director Irina Itschert.

Currently, Wilmersburger cheeses are sold at health food and specialty stores. However, the brand hopes to expand to include the retail sector. It is expecting further growth as 2020 progresses.

The market for vegan cheese is experiencing rapid growth worldwide, and is expected to exhibit a CAGR of 8.6% between 2019 and 2028. Vegan cheese brands such as Tofutti and Miyokos Kitchen have also experienced considerable growth in recent years.

The demand for Wilmersburger products shows that veganism is much more than a trend, says Itschert. Veganism is a way of life, which is driven by an ethical motivation in most cases.


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10 Black Influencers in the Vegan Instagram World to Follow – The Beet

At The Beet,we're looking for different ways to amplify Black creators in the plant-based space.To show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and Black vegan influencers who inspire us daily, we put together a list of 10 creators to add to your social media feed. Follow and support these vegans now and forever. If youre looking for Black vegan businesses to show your patronage, check out our story here.

Ashley is a vegan creator focusing on promoting plant-based food, smart tech, and sustainable lifestyle content. She shares easy to recreate vegan recipes that are nutritious and colorful as well as helpfulvegetable gardening tipsto start your own at-home harvest. Ashley is also trained in rescuing injured animals and has saved a few ill and injured creatures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and read her blog, Travel Lushes.

Rachel is an ultra-popular vegan YouTuber, blogger, and the author of the cookbook, Rachel Amas Vegan Eats. Her food hacks are epicdont miss her tips for making the perfect hummus. Her Youtube videos are some of the most helpful, instructional, fun-to-watch vegan content available. If you have a sweet tooth, get to baking her apple cake. Rachel is expecting and recently shared her pregnancy journey and experience with illness from COVID-19. Follow her on Instagram, YouTube, and on her namesake blog, Rachel Ama.

Cecilia is a vegan chef focused on crafting traditional Latino dishes to be vegan-friendly. Shes the queen of a veggie grill out, you havent lived until youve tried BBQ cabbage. Her drool-worthy creations are savory and scrumptious. Follow her on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog, Coco Verde Vegan.

Koya is one of the most popular yoga instructors on the gram with almost a million followers, and shes also vegan! In her holistic health school for women of color, Get Loved Up, she educates about vegan cooking, mindful living, and more. Koya is also an expert in mediation and breathwork which compliments a vegan diet for a healthy life. Follow her on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and her namesake website, Koya Webb.

Torre is a fitness coach and bodybuilder who was raised vegetarian and has been vegan for over two decades. Hes proof that you can be super strong and vegan, and crushes the notion that you need animal protein to build muscle. He uses his sage insight into health and fitness to share vegan-friendly nutrition guides weekly. Follow him on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and his namesake website, Torre Washington

Monique is a plant-based influencer dedicated to showing folks how easy it can be to go vegan. She caters many of her tips to families, so if you're trying to help your loved ones become more plant-based, definitely give her a follow. Youll find drool-worthy recipes across her social media platforms that will inspire you to whip something up new in the kitchen. Follow her on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog, Brown Vegan.

Lauren is the rightfully self-declared Queen of Green and an epic vegan chef. She creates picturesque plant-based dishes with healing ingredients for many celebs including Cardi B, Stevie Wonder, and Common with whom she recently did an IG live with about healthy living. Her book, Eat Yourself Sexy! The Goddess Edition, is a vegan cookbook with a foreword by her client Serena Williams. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Berto is an NYC-based vegan creative focused on spreading messages of mental and physical health paired with accessible veganism. Turn to his channels for tips about plant-based nutrition and holistic lifestyle practices. Follow him on Instagram and YouTube. Dont forget to also follow his IG account dedicated to all the vegan junk food he eats, @WholeLottaFoodShit, youll want to try all of these dishes on the feed.

Jenn is a vegan chef who has been blogging about veganism for over a decade! She generously shares her delicious vegan Southern-inspired recipes on her IG feed including her sunflower Caesar salad, banana pancakes, and butternut squash chickpea tagine. You can find more of her phenomenal plant-based renditions in her vegan cookbook, Sweet Potato Soul. Follow her on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and her blog, Sweet Potato Soul.

Tik Tok megastar Tabitha is the brains behind the viral trend of the moment to prepare vegan renditions of the classic BLT sandwich. Youll also find recipes for BBQ jackfruit sandwich, ceviche, and more on her feeds. She makes vegan cooking fun with her hilarious how-to videos of her homemade recipes. Follow her on TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, and her website, I am Tabitha Brown.

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Chef Ahki to Teach Free Workshop for Black Women on Veganism – The Beet

In light of the national conversation that is currently being heldabout racism and police brutality in the US, businesses, entrepreneurs and citizens alike arefinding different ways to uplift theBlack community. Whether that be bypatronizing Black-owned businesses (we did a round-up of vegan products and restaurants here) or donating to social justice charities that help support protestors and related causes, people are looking for ways to amplify the message of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Vegan Celebrity Chef Ahki Taylor is doing this by offering to shareher expertise in plant-based cooking. Ahki will beteaching a free workshop exclusively forBlack women this Sunday, June 7th at 1 pm EST, called Veganism for Black Women.

The workshop is hosted by Women of Color Healing Retreats, and their website explains what will be highlighted in the session, including, "The importance of Black Women transitioning into a vegan lifestyle, the history of food for black women and people, implementing more vegan food into your daily lives, the ways food can be used as medicine for menstrual cramps, fibroids, and the reproduction system, and an overall way to learn about how to take care of our health and wellness."

Women of Color Healing Retreats typically hosts paid workshops for their members, but Ahki noted that she didn't want anyone left out of this conversation due to potential financial constraints. Ina statement to VegNews, Ahki explained why she felt it was so important to share her knowledge without charging, saying, "[It]is going to be completely free of charge to the public because veganism isnt accessible in the Black community and we find it imperative to spread this information, Satya told VegNews.

Even if you aren't able to attend the workshop, a scroll through and follow of Chef Ahki's Instagram is well worth it if you're looking for more vegan inspiration and knowledge. Ahki regularly shares beautiful, refreshing meals,and explains the health benefits behind each ingredient.

VisitWomen of Color Healing Retreats's website for more informationon Chef Ahki'sVeganism for Black Women workshop.

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An Insight into Ethical Vegan Law by Dr. Jeanette Rawley, Chair of The Vegan Society’s International Rights Network – vegconomist – the vegan business…


In the first of a new series of articles on vegan legal issues from an international perspective, contributed by lawyer Ralf Mller-Amenitsch who is kindly compiling the series, we welcome this insightful and informative article written by Dr. Jeanette Rawley, Chair of The Vegan Societys International Rights Network.

Dr. Rawley from the UK here shares her professional view on the decison of ethical veganism being a protected belief under UK antidiscriminatory law. Ethical veganism (and vegetarianism) has been declared as protected belief by Art 9 of the European Rights convention by several court decisions of the European court of human rights. See application Nos. 7511/76; 7743/76,18187/9141415 0,085

In this tradition the UKs decision is a pioneering decision, giving a blueprint for further court decisions in the EU based on the EU anti-discrimination directive. In the long run, we can probably expect, that in all member states ethical veganism will be recognised as protected belief under the national antidiscriminatory rules.

Dr. Jeanette Rowley*

In January 2020, an employment tribunal in the United Kingdom considered whether veganism qualified as a belief in the application of UK equality law.[1] The case was brought by a long-term vegan who argued that he was unjustifiably dismissed after raising concerns that employee pension contributions were being invested in unethical companies, including some that conduct experiments on animals. At a preliminary hearing, the tribunal confirmed that the beliefs of ethical vegans meet the legal test for protection under the UK Equality Act 2010. The ruling is significant and influential across both the public and private sectors.

Benefitting from the protected characteristic religion or belief, UK vegans are protected from discrimination as consumers of goods and services, in employment and when in the care or control of the state, such as in education, healthcare contexts, custody and prison.[2]

The increase in vegan food, now available in the UK private sector, will no doubt be utilised by the public sector in the provision of vegan food in schools, care homes, hospitals and in prisons. Additionally, the court ruling offers potential for business growth beyond the supply of vegan food.

Following the court decision, employers are amending their policies to avoid inadvertently discriminating against vegan employees. The UK Fire and Rescue Service is automatically issuing vegan friendly, personal, protective equipment (PPE) to vegan firefighters; namely shoes, boots and gloves, and is even trying to find a suitable alternative to the standard issue safety helmet which currently has a leather chin strap.

The Fire and Rescue Service is not the only public sector employer with a duty to provide compliant personal protective safety wear to employees, and, of course, such essential provisions are not only required for employees in the public sector. The police force issues uniform items, including belts with special holders and pouches, security and other employees, such as museum staff, wear uniforms, health care workers, construction workers, mechanics and warehouse staff are issued with boots, shoes and gloves.

Vegan prisoners are also issued with shoes and/or boots, and a range of other provisions for vegans will also now be more sought after, including university graduation attire, animal-free teaching and learning aids, such as art materials for pupils and students, and other vegan training materials, such as suitable cosmetics.

Equality, diversity and inclusion measures place the public sector under a duty to monitor, record and report on the steps it takes to comply with the duty not to discriminate. This means that the supply and provision of items suitable for vegans are fundamental to providing required evidence and, given the popularity and growth of veganism, demand for suitable items could increase quite quickly.

The need to supply items suitable for vegans could also bring about a transformation in default provisions because they are suitable for, and can be issued to, all who need them, while garments and products made from animal skin or hair are not inclusive. In terms of law, there is no requirement to provide personal, protective equipment items made from animal skin, therefore, procurement departments might find it more efficient and cost-effective to phase out existing leather and wool uniform and footwear stock which would result in a higher demand compliant vegan friendly versions.

The recent UK court ruling confirms that vegans are protected in law and has additional value. It will generate the procurement of vegan-friendly alternatives to current animal-based, standard issue goods, and has the potential to transform procurement policy and, thereby, contribute to the elimination of animal suffering and support the transition to compassionate social and regulatory policies.

Mr Mller-Amenitsch says further, If the reader is interested in more detailed information on this topic, I can recommend the publication (Urteilssammlung Veggy Food , Behrs Verlag 2020, Dr. Elisabeth Gottwald / Ralf Mller-Amenitsch, a collection of court decisons on vegan legal issues.

*Dr Jeanette Rowley is the Chair of The Vegan Societys International Rights Network.

[1] Mr J Casamitjana Costa v The League Against Cruel Sports: 3331129/2018. Employment Tribunal decision. Published 3 February 2020. Available at:

[2] Although the tribunal stated that veganism was a protected characteristic, it will not be added to the list of protected characteristics contained in the Equality Act 2010. For clarity it should be noted that technically, veganism itself is not the protected characteristic but vegans can be protected under the protected characteristic religion or belief because they are in possession of a qualifying belief.


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In Light of COVID-19 This Doctor Tells Black Patients: Eat Vegan – The Beet

The Coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down, only to be eclipsed by nationwide protesting over social injustice and the call for sweeping social and political change. But as everyone's attentionhas shifted from the disease to the protests, COVID-19 is still raging on and cases are still rising in states across the south, impacting African American communities and Black counties at disproportionate rates.

From the start, COVID-19 has been an unequal killer, posing a greater danger to Black communities than otherracial groups.Disproportionately, Black counties account for over half of coronavirus cases in the U.S., and nearly 60% of deaths, a recentstudy found.

While existing health disparities have been one factor, poor eating habits among African Americansis another, and one doctor says that this can be effectedthrough dietary changes.

"Adopting a lifestyle such as a plant-based approach to eatingcan be truly life-saving," saysDr. Millard D.Collins, Interim Chair and Associate Professor of Family & Community Medicine at Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN. Meharry is the nation's oldest historically Black academic health science institution and prides itself on producing physicians, dentists, and researchers that serve poororunderserved patients, primarily African Americans. Nashville is still treating a steady streamofCOVID-19 cases.

Dr. Collins points out that the Black community suffersfrom America's silent killers: Heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.A diet rich in meat and processed food has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and an increased risk of some cancers, studies have found. Plant-based eating has been tied to lowering the risk of those diseases and premature death of all causes.

There is already a sweeping trend to reverse this: The fastest-growing demographic among plant-based eating is, in fact, African Americans, according to a study published earlier this year. Plant-based meals, primarily derivedfromvegetables, fruits, (frozen and or fresh), grains, like rice and beans, nuts and seeds have been shown in dozens ofstudies to bean effective way to lower risk of type 2 diabetes, reverse symptoms of heart disease, lose weight, and build the immune system to help fight against infectious diseases, like COVID-19.

Dr. Collins says it is crucial to adopt a healthy lifestyle now. Read on for his best advice regarding how to protect yourself from disease, now and later. The Beet's interview with him:

Dr. Collins: Healthy lifestyles should be practiced at all times, but during times of attack, it is even more of an essential practice that should be embodied by all people.

Pertaining to the African Americans plight, we have the worst health outcomes, compared to any other ethnicity, and the mortality associated with COVID-19 is directly proportional to this reality. It is well documented the impact of a plant-based diet on obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and more, which all can lead to cardiovascular (heart) and cerebrovascular (brain) compromise. And we know how healthy plant-based eating can positively affect the body. Adopting a lifestyle such as [a healthy plant-based approach] can be truly lifesaving.

Dr. Collins: Great question. I am not sure if we can decrease COVID-19 cases among African Americans since... distancing practices predicate ones infection with this disease. However, we can adopt this lifestyle as a means to improve the co-morbid conditions that may already be presentfor e.g. heart disease, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and cancerthus strengthening ones immune system and chances of survival in the event that a person becomes infected.

Dr. Collins: Your presumption is correct, in that veganism is indeed a lifestyle and foods are more available than one may think. I think the critical step in this is to put the word out and challenge African Americans to take matters into their own hands and learn the ways of veganism.

It is always challenging to adopt something new and make it sustainable. Articles such as this are a great first step. Lastly, the adoption of a plant-based diet can do wonders to boost the immune system, improve energy, and improve chronic diseases mentioned earlier, thus, it can save lives.

But it is critical to not confine such an approach just in response to COVID-19. Health outcomes of African Americans need attention, and we must not miss this teaching moment the pandemic has provided to promote this strategy to our people. It can mean the difference between life and death.

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Veganism has come full circle since the hippie movement of the 1960s – SaltWire Network

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In the late 1960s, hippies hanging out in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco were becoming disillusioned with drug addiction and other dark elements creeping into their newfound counterculture.

It sounds like a clich, but a lot of them really did pack up and move to farms and form communes. Some survived, some didnt, but one that thrived and remains active today is simply called The Farm, in Lewis County, Tenn.

The Farm was founded in 1971 by Stephen Gaskin, a disciple of the nature-based teachings of Suzuki Roshi. He and about 300 other followers travelled the country in school buses preaching their message, and finally decided to buy more than 1,000 acres of land in Tennessee to put down roots literally and figuratively. They started a charity called Plenty, and rekindled the practice of midwifery and are credited with spurring the modern home-birth movement,

Peggy Pope can tell you about it.

About 35 years ago, she went there to have her first child. She stayed for a few months, then moved to a similar farm in Ontario.

They were able to stay united because they understood their principles and they kind of knew what they were doing, she says of the people she met.

The Farm started out as a strict vegan community no food based on animals or animal products but relaxed those rules in the 1980s.

Pope was one of a handful of people who brought her love of the natural food phenomenon to St. Johns around that time.

Her ex-husband, Lance Barney, was an American draft dodger and business partner of Mary Janes Specialty Foods. The unique store started operating in the 1970s on Pilots Hill, then moved to Duckworth Street in 1985. It closed for good 12 years later.

The Mary Janes torch was relit shortly afterwards by a former employee and shareholder, Nancy Maher, who started an outlet called Food for Thought a few years later across the street from the old store.

She was forced to move about six years ago when that block burned down, but re-establsihed the store at the corner of Colonial and Gower streets.

Business is good, she says. During the first two weeks of the pandemic shutdown, the place was hopping,

It was so busy here, it was insane.

People were stocking up on sacks of beans, flour and rice, as well as yeast, which she says she never did run short of.

Maher says a renewed interest in veganism brings a lot of younger people to her store, as well as the old guard.

For them, she said, being vegan can be a bit expensive.

The young ones, theyre still young enough that their parents are still buying them food, she said with a laugh.

A lot of them dont know how to cook so they end up buying prepackaged items, she said.

If you go into the freezer, its expensive, she said. If you learn how to cook and get the raw ingredients, its not expensive.

To help anyone who might not be sure what theyre doing, Maher has a sort of bible tucked underneath the counter. Its the "New Farm Vegetarian Cookbook," which is put out by the Tennessee farm. It doesnt have many pictures, but its full of useful information.

I pick up the book every day and show it to someone, she says. If they say, Whats nutritional yeast? I take out the book. Whats tofu? Take out the book. Whats tempeh? Take out the book.

Her own copy burned in the Duckworth Street fire, so shes borrowing Popes for now. Pope just lives around the corner.

Between them, Pope and Maher know pretty well all of the old-guard vegans, including many members of the local entertainment industry.

Pope admits being a vegan in the 1970s was experimental. Few grocery stores stalked appropriate products and not everyone knew how to balance their diet. She did a masters degree in nutrition and avoided some of the pratfalls.

She isnt vegan anymore, but she can cook a mean vegan meal.

And shes happy to see plant-based diets taking on new life.

Theres more of an awareness of where our food comes from. Theres been a big resurgence in gardening.

Peter Jackson is a Local Initiative Reporter covering health for The Telegram.

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Identical twins compared vegan diet with meat-eating and exercise – Insider – INSIDER

The Turner twins have climbed a mountain and trekked to the most inaccessible points on every continent, all in the name of research, charitable causes, and exploration. For their latest adventure, brothers Hugo and Ross Turner trekked into even more fraught territory comparing the effects of a vegan diet to an omnivorous diet on two genetically identical people.

The Turners decided to study the two eating styles side by side over a 12-week fitness training regime from January to March this year. They were inspired by the growing popularity (and sometimes controversy) of vegan diets for athletes, following documentaries like "The Game Changers," according to Ross.

"We wanted to take bias and opinion out of it and take down to the genetic level. We can get science involved because we're twins and genetically identical, so we can compare ourselves in extreme environments," Ross told Insider.

The pair monitored how they felt during the course of the experiment and were followed by researchers from King's College, who tracked basic health metrics like weight, cholesterol, and muscle mass.

Both twins did endurance training at the gym five to six times a week, using a program designed by Ross, a personal trainer. They also ate an almost identical number of calories in meals prepared by the Mindful Chef delivery service.

By the end, they noticed some big differences in terms of muscle gains, fat loss, and digestive health.

Before giving up animal products for the experiment, Hugo weighed in about 185 pounds and 13% body fat. After about a month on the vegan diet, he said he had dropped nearly nine pounds. By the end of the experiment, he measured in at 181 pounds. Nearly all the weight lost was fat mass, with his overall body-fat composition dipping by a full percentage point, to 12%. His cholesterol levels also dropped.

Even more striking were his energy levels. Hugo said he felt significantly more alert during his lunchtime gym sessions, compared with his typical routine.

"On a vegan diet my mental focus was much better, I didn't have the mid-afternoon energy dips, and felt a bit more charged," he told Insider.

He said one explanation could be how the vegan diet changing his snacking habits. Since biscuits and chips aren't vegan, he'd switched to mainly fruit and nuts.

Hugo noticed one exception to his higher energy levels his libido, which he said dropped off sharply.

"I just lost it I really don't know what happened," he said, adding that his experience may not be true for everyone.

The twins did not conduct blood tests during the experiment, but said they would do so if they tried something similar in the future. They could measure testosterone, for example, to see if it explains some of the changes.

One of the meals Hugo Turner ate in the 12-week vegan-diet experiment, a buckwheat pizza with mushrooms. Mindful Chef

Ross has always been the slightly bigger of the brothers, and this was exacerbated by the experiment. From starting around 13% body fat, he put on 10 pounds of muscle, in addition to just over four pounds of fat. That brought his overall body fat percentage up slightly, to 15%, and his final weigh-in to 189 pounds.

His cholesterol levels stayed consistent throughout the 12-week duration.

Ross said the meal plan for this experiment was slightly more varied than his typical diet, and extremely balanced in terms of macronutrients, with array of chicken, fish, red meat, veggies, dairy, and grains.

Before this, a typical day of eating for the twins would include toast or porridge for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and some version of chicken, veggies, or pasta for dinner.

For Hugo, the dietary change was even more significant, since his usual animal-based protein was swapped out for things like tofu, tempeh (fermented soybeans), and jackfruit.

"Eating a vegan diet, you almost have to overcompensate with variety, so I was eating foods I wasn't really used to," Hugo said.

As a result, his gut microbiome the populations of beneficial bacteria that live in the human digestive system also changed in some interesting ways, based on fecal samples analyzed by Atlas Biomed before and after the experiment.

The changes potentially improved Hugo's resilience to some forms of chronic illness, according to the analysis, lowering his risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes. That supports previous research suggesting plant-based diets could reduce the risk of those conditions by improving the microbiome.

But to their surprise, both brothers saw a decrease in their microbial diversity, or the number of different bacteria species present in the gut. That's generally linked to less resilience against some types of chronic illness such as Crohn's disease.

Although Ross' microbiome changed slightly, it remained much more consistent than his brother's.

It's not clear why those changes occurred, although the Turners hypothesized that the abrupt change to a vegan diet, and the relatively short duration of the experiment, might have been factors.

One caveat of the experiment, the Turners said, was that 12 weeks wasn't a long time for a typical dietary study. If they could do it over, the brothers said they're prefer to trial the diets for six months to a year for better data.

But the brothers said they've learned a lot and plan to incorporate more plant-based eating in their lifestyle. The brothers are known for their endurance expeditions and want to test how vegan eating might benefits them on their treks.

"You lose about half a kilo of weight a day on an endurance trip, more than that if you're carrying extra weight, so we like to be lean and mean nothing in between on the trip," Hugo said.

He added that being forced to find vegan alternatives also greatly expanded his world of food options.

"One thing to come out of this is we don't eat nearly enough variety of foods. Often, we kind of just disguise the same foods in different forms," Hugo said. "But variety is the spice of life."

Ross said that there tends to be a reluctance for meat eaters to try vegan foods, and he hopes this experiment will encourage dedicated omnivores to branch out, since many plant-based substitutes like vegan burgers are similar in taste and texture to the classics.

If you're curious about trying veganism, he added, you don't to go "cold tofu" and jump in all at once. Based on his experience, Hugo recommends starting with your snacking habits, and swapping out between-meal treats with vegan options.

The twins concluded that their optimal diet is a mix of plant- and animal-based foods.

"Having a vegan diet has benefits and so does eating meat. I don't think either outshone the other here," he said. "We'll be doing a mix of both, having non-meat days and adding more vegan foods into our diet, eating better-quality meat and less of it. We've taken away the best of both worlds."

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Is Trending Towards Veganism Is That Healthiest Option As It Seems To Be? – India Legal

In recent times the vegan way of life has soared in popularity both amongst the common public and elite group whether sportsman or celebrities all thriving on it. Though many tend to get confused with veganism and that of vegetarianism, vegan isnt just a diet rather it focuses on a broader perspective which can be seen as a complete lifestyle change, primarily excluding dairy products, meat, eggs and honey. Veganism relies completely on a plant-based diet, without compromising on the vital nutrients as it claims. It is somewhat can be seen as a restricted diet and a step ahead than a vegetarian.

On the other hand, the vegetarian diet is quite flexible, it does include dairy and eggs but excludes meat, poultry and fish.

Are u struggling to lose weight since long and want to gain muscle mass or get that perfect body type? Well, then many see veganism as the most appropriate answer.

Though it has become quite popular in American culture and even in the U.K there is a fourfold increase in vegans over the past 5yrs, but in a country like India, it is a completely a new concept.

A country that mainly includes dairy products, and indulges in many animals produced luxuries; I wonder how veganism can establish in its true sense? India, being one of the largest milk-producing countries, largely depends upon the dairy products which are an essential part of Indian dietary, comprising both rural and urban areas. I believe milk, butter or ghee are ubiquitous and integrated with our culture. Veganism isnt just a diet pattern rather its something beyond it, impacting an overall lifestyle shift.

Although transforming into a vegan has its own merits, it is believed that having whole food is better than having preservative contained and processed food. It has proved helpful in combating many lifelong severe diseases, like cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes. Making a slight change in the thinking process and indulging self into a better eating habit can bring a positive lifestyle change.

Our human body is made up of protein whether, its our skin, nails, hair our cell or muscle formation, you need a decent amount of protein quite regularly if you are engaging in any sort of workout or physical activities.

Then heres the great news!

For the intake of protein in your diet, you dont need to stay dependent upon animals meat, even by staying on a plant-based diet you can fulfil your protein requirement,thats right we can get all the necessary protein by being on a vegan diet too.

It is commonly believed that you are what you eat,it is, however, being blindly believed that protein is the main source of macronutrients, well in the vegan diet where can we get it from? the fact remains that the maximum of proteins is made up of plants only, we can have the benefits of having protein even by staying on a plant-based diet like lentils, chickpeas, peanuts, almonds, quinoa and tofu but some may lack in amino acids.

Does being completely on a vegan diet, is that advisable?

There is nothing called aperfect dietexist and is not necessarily will suit everyones health, despite having some advantages of veganism it may lead to depression and other mental illness. As some may see it as a threat to intelligence or limiting the functioning of the brain, therefore, to perform at its optimum level human brain needs fats, amino acids, omega 3, vitamins and minerals which we get easily and enormously from an animal diet.Whereas, getting completely devoid of animal-based diet may weaken the development of brain tissues and may damage the nervous system.


More often than not, we get to hear about what is required to cut out from a diet is to be included in criteria and less of what needed to be followed. Another factor which is incorporated in limitation of veganism can be seen inirondeficiency, we can get iron from lots of plant-based meals but we are likely to utilize it less efficiently.

Another fundamental component isVitamin Dwhich is required for healthy bones, muscle formation, and teeth. Nowadays while we are staying indoors and there is not enough sunlight, we need to compensate that through a Vitamin D rich diet plan which is particularly missing from a vegan diet.

Most people as an alternative, starting to rely upon supplements to meet the requirements for our overall functioning of the brain and cardiovascular system.

We needfatty acids, omega 3 and omega 6as they are responsible for the structural functioning of our brain and blood flow, which sources from fish, meat or eggs. As in a vegan diet, it can be consumed from algae oil supplements which cant be ignored.

Usually, these processed food or supplements are not acceptable by vegans but they are irreplaceable to avoid any deficiencies, whether you follow a vegan diet or not these vital supplements are necessary to maintain a balanced physical as well as mental health. Whereas plant-based diet excludes this and they overlook the importance of dairy products.

Though some believe that being a vegetarian or vegan is one of the healthiest option ever for the betterment of the ecosystem, but it can turn around to be an opposite situation. Relying on a plant-based diet is not entirely bad, but people dont possess enough knowledge to practically utilise its benefits, even being on a vegan diet it is advisable to track the calorie intake.

Another vital vitamin iszincwhich helps in collagen formation, DNA and acts as an immunity booster so whole grain, nuts are a great option for vegans but it gets harder for the human body to absorb it.

Like to have cheat meals while on a vegan diet? Well, if you think everything going vegan is healthy, stop and think twice.

If you prefer to have vegan cookies, ice creams and candies, which might seem to a healthy alternative but if you over eat high fat and processed food, you might end up gaining weight and additional health issues, which would do more harm than a normal diet.

It is prudent to combine the two lifestyle diet which means to adopt aFlexitarian Dietas this form of eating habit would give one enough space to include their favourite items in a meal without hampering the diet plan. So if you have an intermittent longing, even with including a small piece of meat wont throw you out of your diet routine, it works on calorie intake and proportional eating. Therefore, it is all about the art of balancing one needs to learn rather than sticking to any fashionable.

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