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For a vegan diet to be healthy and complete, you really need to understand your food – ABC News

In a world where "meat-free meat" sits next to the beef sausages in the supermarket and ordering an almond milk latte brings nary a flicker to a barista's eye, the once-fringe vegan movement seems to have gone mainstream.

For the uninitiated, followers of a vegan diet eschew all animal products, including dairy, eggs, honey and, of course, meat.

So for an eating pattern that cuts out so many foods traditionally considered essential, is it possible for a vegan diet to meet all your nutritional needs?

Yes, says Clare Collins, professor of nutrition at the University of Newcastle but it requires you to understand food better than the average omnivore, or even vegetarian.

Here are four main nutrients to look out for.

Let's start with this one, because vitamin B12 is something we humans can really only get via animal foods such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs or in the form of supplements.

It's an important vitamin too, essential for making DNA, fatty acids, red blood cells and chemicals called neurotransmitters which help to pass signals around the brain.

"That's the really big one. You don't want to end up with a B12 deficiency," Professor Collins said.

B12 deficiency manifests at first as vague but unpleasant symptoms like heart palpitations, light-headedness, tiredness and bowel or bladder changes, so it's important to keep on top of it.

In severe cases, it can progress to mood changes like depression and paranoia, and nerve problems like numbness, pain and loss of taste and smell.

While trace amounts of B12 have been found in some plant foods such as mushrooms, fermented soybeans and things that have been contaminated by soil or insects, if you're following a vegan diet you should be looking to supplements or fortified foods to ensure you're getting enough.

It's often added to non-dairy milks, but not all, so check the label.

Most people know about the importance of calcium for your bones, but it also plays a role in other parts of your body, including your heart, muscles and nerves.

What's more, your bones actually act as a calcium bank, so if you're not getting enough from your diet, your body will make withdrawals from that bank, which can affect your bone health.

Almonds are a dairy-free source of calcium.

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Almonds are a dairy-free source of calcium.

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Dairy is often touted as being an important source of calcium, but it's by no means the only source. Plenty of plant-based foods contain it, including some tofu and some nuts, legumes and seeds.

But interestingly, vegans and vegetarians often need even more calcium than omnivores, because some plant foods have chemicals that make it harder for your body to access it.

For example, spinach and beans contain oxalic acid, and some grains, nuts and legumes contain phytic acid, which both interfere with calcium absorption.

You can bolster your calcium intake with fortified plant milks and fortified breakfast cereals again, check the label to make sure the product you are choosing is actually fortified, because not all are.

Iron is used inside your red blood cells to carry oxygen around the body, so a deficiency can leave you feeling lethargic and tired, as well as lowering your immunity.

While omnivores usually get their iron delivered ready-to-use, via red meat, plant-based sources of iron require your body to do a bit more work.

You can help your body absorb your plant-based iron, found in foods like legumes and beans, by eating it at the same time as vitamin C.

That can be as simple as putting veggies like red capsicum and broccoli next to the lentils on your dinner plate.

"The other thing you can do is not have any cups of tea straight after meals because the tannins and the phytates in the tea actually interfere with the absorption of the iron," Professor Collins said.

Combining plant-based iron sources like chickpeas with vitamin C-containing veggies like capsicum helps your body better absorb the iron.

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Combining plant-based iron sources like chickpeas with vitamin C-containing veggies like capsicum helps your body better absorb the iron.

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Iodine helps your thyroid to function that little gland in your neck that controls your metabolism, among other things.

Seafood is a source of iodine, and it's also found in some dairy products in Australia, but the main source of iodine for people who avoid animal products is via iodised salt, which is used in commercial breads and some breakfast cereals.

As for some of the other essential nutrients, the symptoms of deficiency can be vague but hint at something serious, Professor Collins said.

"How do you know if you're iodine deficient? It's things like tiredness, weakness, lethargy, and then other things like constipation, heartbeat [changes], facial puffiness and so on."

Iodine deficiency is a particularly big deal for women of childbearing age, as it can affect the brain development of babies during pregnancy and increase the risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.

Pregnant women have other specific nutritional needs beyond the four mentioned here, and so do children. So talk to your doctor if your kids are on a vegan diet or you're planning to become pregnant.

And for people who follow vegan diets for a very long time, there are other nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, that can become an issue.

If you're following a vegan diet, its worth mentioning it to your doctor so they can check for deficiencies.

Meals based around plant-based whole foods aren't just for vegans.

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Meals based around plant-based whole foods aren't just for vegans.

While most people who choose vegan diets do so because they want to minimise harm to animals or cut down on their environmental impact, others talk about the potential health benefits of being entirely plant-based.

The recent documentary The Game Changers promotes a diet free of animal products as performance-enhancing and implies it might even be the optimal diet for humans.

So ... could a vegan diet be even better for you than a healthy omnivorous one?

It's not as simple as that, Professor Collins explained.

There are plenty of animal-free products that are highly processed, high in salt and fat and low in other essential nutrients.

"People are getting a message that, hey, you're supposed to be a little bit vegan now, and they're just buying these products that are appearing without thinking through what it has really taken to manufacture those things.

"The lazy way to be a vegan is to just leave the meat out and leave the dairy products out and make no effort to bring back in the foods that you need to replace the nutrients that you're missing out on."

So while it's certainly possible to have a healthy, complete vegan diet, it's not the only healthy way to eat, Professor Collins said.

If you're looking for a guide, she recommends the Australian Government's Eat For Health website.

"I know it's boring but it actually does outline how many serves of the five food groups you need, based on age and sex, to meet your nutrient requirements.

"You do not have to be a vegan to eat healthy.

"You can have a normal, healthy vegetarian pattern and unhealthy vegan eating pattern and you can have an unhealthy omnivore eating pattern."

There are definitely things that most of us could learn from veganism though, especially when it comes to plant-based "whole foods".

Many vegan protein sources, such as pulses and nuts, do double time by also being rich sources of fibre and healthy fats.

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"One of the movements that I think can benefit everyone is what's called flexitarian, which is like being a part-time vegetarian or even a part-time vegan," Professor Collins said.

"So a few days a week, you are consciously trying to boost your intake of vegetable sources of nutrients."

Swapping out a few meals a week with whole-food vegan protein sources is not going to do you harm and will probably do you good.

"It's really about stepping back and saying, hey, what are the things I'm eating? Am I eating nutrient rich foods? And am I not going overboard on ultra-processed junk food?"

Plus, if your impact on animals and the environment is important to you goals that motivate many people to go vegan in the first place then going some of the way is arguably better than going none of the way.

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Veganism won’t save the world from environmental ruin, researchers warn – New York Post

Heres a red-hot take on red meat: Going vegan wont save the environment.

Livestock farmers are being unfairly demonized by vegans and environmental advocates, experts from the University of Edinburgh and Scotlands Rural College told their peers at a panel in London, the Telegraph reports.

The shocking stance comes despite the urging of hoards of climate scientists who say eating a plant-based diet is one of the best ways to curtail our current environmental crisis.

According to the Scottish scientists, meat production isnt the culprit of global warming in fact, breeders are producing cattle that are less harmful to the environment. Also, they argue, meat is critical for the development of children worldwide, and fewer livestock farms wouldnt necessarily mean more sustainable land use.

Often the argument is made that going vegan would minimize land use, and the modeling studies that have been done demonstrate that thats not the case, said Geoff Simm, director of Global Academy Agriculture and Food Security at Edinburgh. We feel that while livestock production has a range of economic, social and environmental costs and benefits, the costs have perhaps been receiving far more attention recently than some of the benefits.

A primary benefit of livestock production, according to Simm, is that even small amounts of animal-sourced food have a really important effect on the [cognitive and physical] development of children, thanks to the high concentration of protein and bioavailable micronutrients in meat.

Mike Coffey of Rural College slammed veganism as completely unnecessary.

If everybody went vegan, it would be devastating for the UK environment, he said. Animals bred for food help boost biodiversity.

Coffey points to research being done to develop genetically modified cows that would grow faster and eat less, and emit 30 percent less methane than conventional cows.

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, the cultivation of animals such as cattle produces almost 1/3 of [all] emissions from the agriculture economic sector, which is responsible for 9% of the planets overall greenhouse gas output. Furthermore, they add that manure management on these farms accounts for nearly a fifth of the farm sectors greenhouse gas footprint.

Coffey hopes that farmers in the UK and around the world will soon have the option to invest in more efficient cattle.

By next year farmers will be able to select bulls whose [offspring] consume less feed for the amount of milk they produce, said Coffey. Where we go next is can we actually measure methane emissions from groups of animals?

Edinburgh University professor Andrea Wilson added that the environmental impact of veganism has not been scrutinized to the same degree.

We know a lot about the livestock sector because people have looked at it. We actually know very little about the vegan sector, she said. The danger is we demonize one and jump too quickly to the other.

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London named the most vegan-friendly city in the world – CNBC

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London has been named the world's most vegan-friendly city, according to an annual ranking from an online restaurant guide.

The U.K. capital came top for a second year, in the rankings put together by HappyCow, which claims to be the largest vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide in the world, looking at options in more than 180 countries.

HappyCow's top 10 rankings were determined by the number of vegan restaurants within a closely proximity and its overall impression of each city's "vegan-friendliness."

London currently has 152 vegan restaurants and it was the first city on HappyCow to have more than 100 completely vegan restaurants in 2017.

Specialist eateries in the capital include the world's first vegan "chicken" shop, The Temple of Seitan, as well as the U.K.'s first vegan cheese shop La Fauxmagerie.

"Veganism continues to become a mainstream lifestyle in London, and this city takes veganism to a new level," said Ken Spector, a spokesperson for HappyCow.

The number of vegans in the U.K. has quadrupled between 2014 and 2019, with around 600,000 Britons now on a plant-based diet, equivalent to more than 1% of the population, according to charity The Vegan Society.

New York came second on the list, with 111 restaurants in a five-mile radius of the city.

Bangkok, Thailand was the only city to be added to the rankings this year, coming in eighth. HappyCow counted 74 vegan restaurants in the city. Spector said that most restaurants have "solid vegan options" on the menu thanks to Bangkok's "predominantly Buddhist background."

HappyCow cited data from Google Trends, which showed interest in "veganism" increased sevenfold in the five years between 2014 and 2019.

Edward Bergen, global food and drink analyst at market research firm Mintel, spoke about the shift to veganism on CNBC's "Street Signs" last week.

He pointed out that around half (51%) of consumers in the U.K. said they were either meat-free or were actively reducing their meat consumption in 2019, rising from around 41% last year.

Bergen said health tended to be the main factor driving people to cut out meat or become "flexitarians," those reducing their meat intake in favor of a "part-time" vegan or vegetarian diet.

"Consumers are seeing availability of shelves and it's easier for them to move over," he added. "And also they get bored more so they're trying more foods altogether."

Environmental considerations and concerns over animal welfare were also motivating this shift by consumers, he said.

The U.K. overtook Germany in 2018 as the world leader for vegan food launches, according to Mintel.

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London tops list of world’s most vegan-friendly cities – The Guardian

London has been named the most vegan-friendly city in the world for the second year running by online vegan restaurant guide HappyCow. Berlin, New York and Los Angeles also rank high in the 2019 list with Bangkok in the top 10 for the first time.

Home to 152 vegan restaurants citywide including eateries serving plant-based takes on fried chicken, sushi and pizza Londons meat-free scene has gone mainstream in recent years. In 2017 it was the first city on the HappyCow list to reach 100 completely vegan restaurants perhaps not surprising for a city with its own vegan hair salon.

The HappyCow list ranks cities according to three factors: the number of vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius within the most vegan-restaurant-dense area in each city (London has 125); the number of restaurants with vegan, vegetarian or veggie menu options in the same five-mile radius; and HappyCows impression of the overall vegan-friendliness of each city.

Veganism continues to become a mainstream lifestyle in London and this city takes veganism to a new level, said Ken Spector, co-author of the HappyCow list.

Some of HappyCows favourites include PickyWops, Purezza and Young Vegans Pizza Shop (formerly Death By Pizza) all examples of the citys flourishing vegan pizza scene. It also references the worlds first vegan chicken shop, The Temple of Seitan, Japanese food at Itadakizen, and Caribbean-inspired cuisine at Rogue Vegan.

As well as its restaurants, HappyCow also recommends London for its abundance of vegan-friendly stalls, bakeries, cafes and smoothie bars and the UKs first plant-based cheese shop, La Fauxmagerie. Non-food favourites include shops such as clothing brand The Third Estate and hair salon The Rabbit Hole Vegan Hair Parlour.

According to The Vegan Society, the number of vegans in the UK quadrupled between 2014 and 2019 to 600,000. At the current growth rate, it predicts vegans and vegetarians will make up a quarter of the population by 2025, and flexitarians just under half.

Of all our 20 years, this past year has seen the most dramatic growth in vegan interest, said Eric Brent, CEO and founder of HappyCow.

This article was amended on 29 November 2019. It originally stated that there are 125 vegan restaurants in London, whereas the total number is 152 (there are 125 within Londons most vegan-restaurant-dense area, the five-mile radius used to rank the citys vegan credentials).

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Tired of turkey? Here’s why you’ll want to try a vegan Thanksgiving this year – USA TODAY

7 percent of millennials subscribe to a plant-based, Keto, vegan or other special diet, and food is very central in their everyday lives. Buzz60

Jasmine Briones was nervous during her first vegan Thanksgiving. She wasnt sure how her family of omnivores would react to the plant-based Thanksgiving foods she had made for them.

It was 2012, Briones first year of veganism,which her parents thought was a phase, though it eventually led to her becoming theSweet Simple Vegan. She had done the best she could with the ingredients and recipes she had on hand for vegan biscuits, mashed potatoesand green bean casserole.

My parents didnt really enjoy it, but I could do a much better jobnow, Briones said. Nowadays, theres a plethora of vegan products and recipes to help make Thanksgiving food vegan.

While strictly vegan Thanksgivings probably wont slow the demand for turkey anytime soon, interest in plant-based foods and Thanksgiving recipes has grown in recent years, and companies are responding to demand.

Krissi Vandenberg is the executive director at the Vegan Awareness Foundation, an organization that offers certification for a range of vegan products. To receive certification, a manufacturer must prove that their product contains absolutely no animal-based ingredients and that it does not use animal products in processing. For example, sugar manufacturers often use cow bone char to remove impurities from raw sugar. While it may be sparkly white, and perfect for an omnivores cranberry sauce, such sugar cannot be considered vegan by the Vegan Awareness Foundation.

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According to Vandenberg, when the organization started certifying products in the year 2000, it was mostly approving snack foods for a strictly vegan audience. That trend has since changed rapidly.

If someone has spent most of their life looking for a piece of meat, its less of a sacrifice to eat something that looks and tastes kind of like meat.

Over the past five to seven years, the consumer base of many vegan products has expanded to include the vegan curious. Companies are noticing this shiftand have begun seeking certification for more savory and substantial foods, such as frozen entrees, soupsand pantry staples, the kinds that could help make a Thanksgiving meal, according to Vandenberg.

While Briones admits that her first vegan Thanksgiving wasnt exactly a hit, she said that later attempts have tasted much better, thanks in part to the introduction of new vegan productsand improvements in ingredients like vegan cream cheese, which Briones mixes into vegan mashed potatoes to make them more decadent.

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Since the Foundation began issuing certification, it has worked with over 1,000 different companies and approved several thousand products, according to Vandenberg. This growth is completely unprecedented.

Were seeing right now a lot of things we never envisioned, Vandenberg said. Things have really just taken off.

This trend has made vegan Thanksgiving foods more accessible for those looking to add more plant-based dishes to their holiday meals, and a number of companies have started in recent years to fill that need.

No Evil Foods is one of these companies. Though the company has been operating since 2014, theyve recently expanded production of their plant-based turkey roast made from wheat proteindue to overwhelming demand. No Evil Foods named it The Pardon after the presidential tradition of pardoning a turkey from slaughter every Thanksgiving, and a portion of sales is donated to Full Circle Farm Sanctuary in Warm Springs, Georgia, which takes care of rescued farm animals. So far, No Evil Foods has already an 1100% increase in sales on The Pardon from 2018.

The market is so right, said Sadrah Schadel, co-founder of No Evil Foods. Plant-based eating is clearly on the rise, and consumers are looking for more deliciously meaty ways to celebrate that align with their desire to eat healthier, be kinderand make positive environmental choices.

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Meal kit companies are getting in on vegan Thanksgiving as well. Purple Carrot, which exclusively sells vegan meal kits, launched its own Thanksgiving box this fall. The kit, which includes the ingredients and recipes for: Hasselback butternut squash, ciabatta bread stuffing, roasted brussels sprouts, cranberry citrus cakeand classic gravy, has already sold out. According to Ashley Hocking, head of marketing at Purple Carrot, the idea for a Thanksgiving box sprung directly from customer feedback.

There is a growing interest in plant-based foods overall, which is very encouraging for brands in this space, Hocking said. Sales of plant-based versions of traditional animal protein products have risen by double digits over the past year.

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And then theres Tofurky, the largest independent producer of plant-based proteins in the U.S., which has been selling its plant-based turky roasts since 1995. According to company president and CEO Jaime Athos, Tofurky will sell about 400,000 of its trademark roasts this holiday season, while operating at full production capacity. Thats a steep jump from the 800 sold in 1995. Due to increasing demand over the years, Tofurky sold 5 million roasts from 1995 to 2018.

While vegan Thanksgiving foods have become more popular and more accessible in recent years, those who celebrated the first public vegan Thanksgiving in had to be a little more creative with their Thanksgiving menu. There was no version of The Pardon, no Thanksgiving meal kit, no Tofurky. But there were fruits and vegetables.

The vegan foods were always there, said Alex Hershaft, founder of the Farm Animal Rights Movement, or FARM. What youre seeing now in supermarkets is the result of greatly increased acceptance in plant-based eating.

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Hershaft organized a Thanksgiving celebration in 1975, which he claims is the first of its kind, where about 40 to 50 vegans gathered at the Siddhartha vegetarian Indian restaurant in Washington, D.C. Hershaft, a vegetarian since 1961and a vegan since 1981, still prefers foods like lentils to plant-based meats, but he acknowledges that having the meat-like options is helpful in getting people to eat less meat or no meat at all.

If someone has spent most of their life looking for a piece of meat, its less of a sacrifice to eat something that looks and tastes kind of like meat, Hershaft said.

Despite the recent surge in popularity of vegan Thanksgiving foods, turkey still dominates the Ameican plate. According to the National Turkey Federation, 44 million turkeys were bought and served for Thanksgiving 2017, a number roughly equivalent to the population of Argentina. Hershaft said he still feels rewarded by having been able to inspire interest in veganism over the past 44 years.

Some people feel that were not making enough progress, Hershaft said. But this is not just about plant-based Thanksgiving, its about the increased acceptance of plant-based eating altogether, and for that Im grateful.

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A 9-year-old vegan challenged Trump to give up animal products for 30 days and ‘make America healthy again’ – INSIDER

President Donald Trump, known as a lover of fast food and processed meats, is one of the last people you'd expect to try a vegan diet, or one that eliminates animal products like meat, milk, and eggs.

But a 9-year-old activist known as Vegan Evan hopes to he does just that, and challenged Trump to go vegan for 30 days as part of a campaign to "Make America Healthy Again."

If Trump accepts and completes the challenge, a nonprofit called Million Dollar Vegan will donate a million dollars to a charity of Trump's choice. That money, according to a spokesperson for the nonprofit, comes from private donations from individuals and other activist groups.

So far, Trump has not responded to the challenge, but has until December 31 to do so, according to the organization.

Vegan Evan, who's from Melborne, Florida, wasn't always vegan. He told Insider he remembers deciding to make the change on the way to kindergarten one morning as his mom, already a vegetarian, announced she was going vegan. Evan, then 5, decided to join her.

Although Evan's mom cautioned him that being vegan would mean cutting foods that kids typically love, like pizza and cupcakes, his determination held firm.

"I told her, 'If the animals are being hurt and I don't need it, I don't want it,'" he said.

Since then,Evanhas been vegan, and he's been encouraging others to do the same for nearly as long through videos on his YouTube channel. He also travels the country with his family to promote a vegan diet.

Evan recently announced his challenge to the president in ads in the New York Times and elsewhere, as well as through a vigorous online campaign.

He hopes his message to Trump will raise awares of the benefits of being vegan, and encourage more people to try it for themselves.

"I think that veganism is a gift and it's great to give that gift to people so they can be healthier and feel better, not hurt animals, and not destroy the planet," he told Insider.

Vegan Evan tucks into dairy-free mac and cheese. Vegan Evan

Evan said he doesn't feel like he's missing out on anything. Contrary to popular belief, "anything that anyone else could eat, we can eat a vegan version," he said.

"Now I eat vegan cupcakes, and vegan pizza is one of our favorite foods," he said. He's also a big fan of quesadillas with cashew cheese, rice, vegan chicken, and spinach.

He said the biggest challenge most people face when going vegan is that they just don't know what to eat instead of animal products. Once they do, "it's not really that hard," he said. "You just have to look around your grocery store a little bit."

Evan added that the growing trend of plant-based meat substitutes has made it even easier and more accesible to eat vegan even if, like Trump, you're a big fan of burgers.

"The Impossible burger is delicious, of course. It's great because we don't have to eat animals but can still have the same taste," Evan said.

Vegan burgers are "delicious, of course," Evan said. Joshua Resnick/Shutterstock

Evan said he's wanted to challenge the president to go vegan for a while, and partnering with Million Dollar Vegan seemed like the perfect opportunity to raise some awareness. "He has a lot of reach to people; if they see him doing this, they might want to do it too," he said.

Evan added that he also hopes to run for president in 2048.

Until then, he plans to continue promoting veganism. "It's not only good for the planet and the animals," he said, "it's great for your health."

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HappyCow Reveals Top Ten Vegan Friendly Cities in the World – vegconomist – the vegan business magazine

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HappyCow is the worlds largest vegan and vegetarian restaurant guide and authority on vegan-options in over 180 countries. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the much-loved platform has revealed the results for its annual ranking of the top 10 vegan-friendly cities in the world.

The HappyCow top ten list is determined by three factors: the number of vegan restaurants in a 5-mile radius in the most vegan restaurant-dense area in each city, the number of vegan / vegetarian / veg-option restaurants in the same 5-mile radius, and the HappyCow teams impression of the overall vegan-friendliness of each city.

Topping HappyCows list for the second year in a row is London, which was the first city on HappyCow to surpass 100 vegan restaurants in 2017. London currently has 124 vegan restaurants in a five-mile radius within the city.

According to the results which can be seen here in full, the top ten vegan friendly cities are:

Veganism continues to become a mainstream lifestyle in London, and this city takes veganism to a new level, stated Ken Spector, co-author of the article, and a principal and spokesperson for HappyCow. The only city to be added to the top ten this year was Bangkok, Thailand, in the eighth position which has seen a rapid increase in the number of vegan offerings the past few years, with 74 vegan restaurants currently listed on HappyCow in this bustling city.


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Veganism, KFC and the secret to weight loss – National Post

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As a sign that veganism has shifted permanently into the mainstream, KFC Canadas recent test-run of plant-based popcorn chicken in Mississauga, Ont., seems as good as any. When meat alternatives are being sold by the bucket, its hard to argue they are still the domain of urban elites.

But the mass markets embrace of plant proteins (The Economist called 2019 The Year of the Vegan) also coincides with reports that developed countries are getting fatter not slimmer. Which raises an obvious question: Are vegan diets as virtuous as they seem?

According to a recent op-ed by Frdric Leroy and Martin Cohen, academics at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Hertfordshire respectively, the health benefits of a vegan diet depend on careful nutritional balance. For example, attention to Vitamin B12 consumption or the appropriate intake of long-chain fatty acids.

Maintaining that balance can be difficult, however. And when vegans fail, they write, the negative health impact can be significant.

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Moreover, Leroy and Cohen point to a study of 218,000 subjects from over 50 countries which found that the consumption of meat and dairy can be associated with less rather than more chronic disease.

But other research shows clear benefits to a vegan lifestyle. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition, for instance, documented both lower levels of fat and higher levels of antioxidants among those with a plant-based diet. These are the compounds in foods which help delay cell damage attributed to the aging process.

A study presented this fall by the Washington-based group Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also showed the potential for veganism as a treatment for obesity. Participants who followed a 16-week vegan diet experienced significant changes to gut microbes linked to improved body weight, body composition and blood sugar control.

Pamela Fergusson, a registered dietitian and devoted vegan in Nelson, B.C., sees the positive impact in her practice. One of her clients, a teacher in his 30s, came to her two years ago obese and concerned by a family history of heart disease. Inspired by the 2011 documentary Forks Over Knives on Netflix, however, he was committed to trying a vegan diet. One year in, he had lost 27 pounds and his blood tests were normal.

A vegan diet also makes you feel more clear-headed and able to focus, Fergusson adds, partly because it doesnt take so much energy for your body to digest.

When it comes to weight loss, though, Dr. David Jenkins, director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Centre at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto, says the fibre and volumetrics of vegan foods are the critical advantages.

We love chewing and all the sensations that go along with eating, so we want to eat a lot of food, he says. But when you compare a steak to a plate of vegetables, you can have the same volume of food but theres a vast difference in calories.

Jenkins, a vegan for almost 20 years, is an industry pioneer when it comes to research and clinical trials on diet and health. He developed the concept of the glycemic index to show how different carbohydrates affect blood sugar (or glucose) levels, and which foods are best for people with diabetes.

But GI also affects how quickly we get hungry again after eating. Whole, unrefined plant foods are helpful to weight loss in part because they have slow-release carbohydrates that leave us feeling fuller longer. Vegetables that retain water when cooked, such as dried beans and peas, tend to increase satiety as well.

Ive put people on plant-based diets who found they felt full and sufficiently hydrated, says Jenkins.

Liquids in and of themselves, mind you, are no substitute for solid food. Its that predilection to chew again, he says.

When youre having wine with your steak dinner, you tend to move on to the Crpes Suzettes and then the next course of foods that are excessively stimulating. Whereas lentil soup is extremely pleasant, youre not driven to eat more and more.

Ive put people on plant-based diets who found they felt full

So what about those plant-based KFC popcorn bites?

Veganism has come a long way when it comes to broad appeal. It has its own movement and theres a lot of innovation in the space, including foods like vegan ice cream and plant-based burgers, says Fergusson.

Thats a boon to those who would never have considered a vegan diet in the past as long as plant food isnt shorthand for junk food.

Not everyone wants to eat lots of lentils and rice all the time, but as long as we choose whole foods more often and enjoy others in moderation it works, Fergusson says.

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This Guide to Vegan Beauty Products Will Help You Be Ethical and Gorgeous – WDET

Veganism is trending, but dietary concerns are just one part of what it means to bevegan.

Theres also a whole other aspect of the lifestyle, which includes committing to using only vegan personal care and beauty products these are plant-based items that are free of animal-derived ingredients and have not been tested onanimals.

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Jessica Hayesis a vegan beauty expert and freelance makeup artist. She saysthat participating in the vegan lifestyle comes down to a personal decision, but more and more traditional beauty brands are getting onboard.

I first became interested in vegan beauty when Itransitioned to more of a vegan diet, and then I realized there was much more that came with a vegan diet, saysHayes.

Hayes says a vegan beauty product is one that is made with plant-based ingredients and does not include any animal products or animal testing.One of the biggestenvironmental benefits of using vegan beauty products is that they are not connected to industrial animalagriculture.

According to a paper in the Pace University Law School Library, factory farming is a major contributor to water and air pollution as well as deforestation. Factory-farmed animals produce more than onemillion tons of manure everyday.

The New York Timesofferssome common ingredients to avoid: Honey, beeswax, lanolin (wool grease), squalene (shark liver oil), carmine (crushed-up beetles), gelatin (cow or pig bones, tendons or ligaments), allantoin (cow urine), ambergris (whale vomit) and placenta (sheeporgans).

Hayes sayswhen a product is considered vegan, it means theresabsence of animal ingredients and testing on animals, while cruelty-free refers to a product that just skips animaltesting.

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Wet N Wild for instance, is considered by many to be a vegan line, but Hayes notes that since they started selling their products in mainland China, where its required to test on animals before a product can hit the shelves.She would actually consider the line to be plant-based, since they have no animalsderived ingredients, but still test onanimals.

There seems to be some debate about whether or not the brand has managed to find a way to continue its cruelty free policy while still selling products inChina.

On how she reconciles alove of beauty with her personal morals, Hayes says she became really interested in cruelty-free beauty. And beauty, as much as we love it,its not a necessity in our lives. So to test on animals for something that is purely vanity; there are so many other solutions and products that we can choosefrom.

Hayes, who is a popular vegan makeup artist on social media, notes that the community around cruelty-free and vegan beauty has significantly grown in recentyears.

Affordable brands include e.l.f and Pacifica, while mid-range brands she loves include Kat Von D, Lime Crime, Milk and Nabla. Hayes adds that beauty stores Sephora and Ulta have started making it easier to search for vegan products, so if you type vegan into the search bar on those sites, you will find a collection of their vegan productlines.

People are buying and discarding clothing at a rate that has never beenseenbefore.

According totheNew York Times, the United States generated nearly 12 million tons of textile waste in 2015, thats about 75 lbsperperson. Readmore

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Justin Bieber Thinks Vegans Should Get Paid $100K a Year – LIVEKINDLY

Justin Bieber believes vegans should be given $100,000 a year.

American rapper Riff Raff shared a post on Twitter which said, I just remembered I can run for president. He listed the changes he would make if he was elected, which include free health care, free college, and no taxes. If you are vegan you get $100k a year, the rapper added.

Bieber shared the post on his Instagram Story to his 121 million followers. The 25-year-old celebrity added vote stickers to the post.

In 2017, Bieber was spotted enjoying a vegan breakfast with his former flame, Selena Gomez. The pair dined at JOi Caf, an organic, plant-based cafe in California.

Biebers interest in cruelty-free living spans further than diet. In May 2019, the artist teamed up with Schmidts Naturals to launch a cruelty-free, vegan deodorant.

The deodorant is called Here + Now. Its made with natural ingredients like coconut oil and arrowroot powder.

The time was right to make something happen and bring to life an exclusive product collaboration that will bring new fans into thenaturalscategory,Schmidts CEO and co-founder Michael CammaratatoldPEOPLE.If Justin can make the switch from conventional tonatural, its a choice thats open to everyone.

Here + Now is more than just a deodorant, Cammarata said. Its a lifestyle and a connection to those around you. Its about the small, but intentional choices we make every day that help us to lead happier and healthier lives, mentally and physically.

More high profile names are speaking out about veganism. Seventeen-year-old singer-songwriter Billie Eilish went vegan in 2014. On the 10th anniversary of the Meat Free Monday initiative, Eilish encouraged her millions of Instagram followers: Help the world. I try.

Jermaine Dupri,, Ariana Grande, and Jason Mraz are all vegan. Miley Cyrus went vegan five years ago and by 2018, she had 16 rescue animals living with her. A$AP Rocky says his plant-based diet helps him to clean my mind, body, and soul.

I started doing research and found out how they treat those animals before they, you know, service them. They inject them with steroids and drugs that enhance their growth. None of that sh*t is healthy, and on top of that those [expletive] animals were stressed and compressed the whole time, he said to Complex. That kind of food going into your body is unhealthy. I dont mean to sound like some weirdo, but it is what it is.


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