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These 19 Celebrities Ate Vegan Wings on Hot Ones – LIVEKINDLY

If youve ever clicked onto YouTube, its likely youve come across the name Hot Ones. The web series is a favorite for many, with millions of viewers flocking to watch the latest video of the show with hot questions, and even hotter wings. Created in 2015, the interview-style series now boasts more than 160 episodes.

Hot Ones was created by Christopher Schonberger. Its produced by Complex Media and First We Feast, the latter of which shares the videos on its YouTube channel. First We Feast has 7.45 million subscribers and its channel has amassed more than 1.1 billion views.

Hot Ones is hosted by Sean Evans, an American YouTuber and producer. The web series concept sees Evans interviewing a celebrity guest whilst the pair chow down on wings. The wings are dipped in hot sauce and the sauce gets spicier every round. There are 10 rounds and 10 wings. The first sauce is typically something mild, like Sriracha, which has a Scoville rating of 2,200. The final round can include sauces with a Scoville rating of 2,000,000+.

As the show progresses, the guests struggle more and more to get through both the wings and the questions. Theyre offered ice and glasses of water and milk to cool the burn. Guests who cant eat all 10 wings are added to the shows Hall of Shame.

Most Hot Ones guests eat chicken wings on the show, however, Evans offers a vegan option, too. Many guests also choose plant-based milk like soy or oat rather than cows milk to counter the effects of the hot sauce. Whatever the guests eat and drink, Evans does the same.

During one segment, Evans told celebrity guest Kristen Bell that he backs the idea of eating vegan a couple of days a week. He explained that animal products harm the planet and public health. You eat so much terrible stuff, he said. So I think that you know, its good not to have the wing thing all the time.

And according to a Tweet from 2017, he may even prefer the vegan version. Writing about the vegan wings, Evans said on Twitter, Far and away the best-tasting wings weve ever had on Hot Ones.'

Billie Eilish appeared on Hot Ones earlier this year. The 17-year-old vegan musician conquered all 10 meat-free wings and came back for more, taking extra bites of the hottest plant-based wing. Eilish drank water and soy milk and crunched on ice to cool the burn.

The songwriter has been vegan since around 2014. She frequently uses her platform to raise awareness about animal cruelty. On the 10th anniversary of the Meat-Free Monday campaign, she encouraged 41.4 million Instagram followers to get involved, writing, Help the world. I try.

Natalie Portman hasnt eaten meat since she was nine-years-old, so naturally, the actor and filmmaker went for plant-based wings for her episode of Hot Ones.

Portman has now been vegan for around eight years. In 2017, Portman produced and narrated a documentary called Eating Animals which looks at the environmental, economic, and health risks linked to factory farming. Evans said to Portman that watching the documentary made me really consider the future of this show.

Portman commented: If everyone cut out meat, dairy, and eggs from one of their meals a day or from one day a week that would make such a huge impact environmentally and with how many animals are put into difficult conditions.

English actor, comedian, and director Ricky Gervais tackled the Hot Ones challenge in 2017 with spicy vegan wings. Gervais is a longtime vegetarian, but its been rumored that the entertainer has now gone vegan. During his Hot Ones segment, Evans highlighted Gervais longtime obsession with cheese but spoke about it in the past tense. He showed the actor images of cheese to get his opinion of them from your cheese days.

When I used to have cheese and beans on toast it was always a mature cheddar, Gervais said.

Gervais is an animal rights activist. He speaks out against trophy hunting, animal testing, horse racing, and the fur trade.

British television presenter, fashion designer, and longtime vegetarian Alex Chung snacked on vegan chicken for her 2017 episode of Hot Ones. Her preference for animal-free food goes further than diet; when Chung launched her eponymous fashion label, she promised to never use fur, angora, or exotic skins in any of her designs.

Sixty-seven-year-old Jeff Goldblum graced the season six finale of Hot Ones in August 2018. The actor answered Evans questions whilst feasting on tofu and tempeh wings.

A month later, Goldblum bumped into vegan filmmaker Kevin Smith at the vegan fast-casual chain, Veggie Grill. Smith wrote about the encounter online, saying, Makes sense that hes plant-based, considering he was almost eaten that one time,alongside a gif of Goldblum running from a tyrannosaurus rex in the 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park.

Weird Al Yankovic has been eating meat-free food since 1992. And that didnt change for his 2018 Hot Ones episode when the singer-songwriter chowed down on vegan wings. Hes not usually a fan of plant-based meat, though. Yankovic told PETA in 2016 that he prefers to fuel his body with vegetables, fruit, juices, rice, and pasta.

When it comes to food, actor Vanessa Hudgens doesnt stick to the status quo (if you know, you know). The 30-year-old High School Musical star ate vegan wings with Evans on her Hot Ones segment. Hudgens is a pescatarian, but said the vegan wings were really delicious.

Im actually not a vegetarian but Im trying to become better, Paul Rudd told Evans during his Hot Ones segment as the pair ate vegan cauliflower wings. The 50-year-old actor conquered all 10 wings on the segment and finished up the segment with a historic dab, whereby he mixed all 10 hot sauces together and dipped a vegan wing in it.

Rudd recently said he avoids killing insects, including stepping on ants, because he doesnt believe he is better than them. Am I really so much better than a spider?he asked.

English comedian and actor Russell Brand stopped eating meat at age 14 because its mean to animals. The entertainer has dipped in and out of veganism since then. He recently returned to his vegan lifestyle, saying on a podcast, When people are awakened, they dont want to have the blood of people or animals on their hands.

For his Hot Ones segment, Brand ate vegan wings from the Temple of Seitan, a London-based vegan takeout shop offering meat-free fried chicken and burgers. Brand said the vegan wings were glorious.

Maisie Williams is the latest vegan celebrity to appear on Hot Ones. The 22-year-old Game of Thrones star ate cauliflower wings and drank oat milk with Evans. During the interview, Williams revealed she almost missed her Game of Thrones audition because she wanted to visit a pig farm. She also spoke about her work on the dramatic thriller Heatstroke, in which she acted alongside hyenas. She explained that you have to respect the incredible animals.

Williams has spoken out against animal testing, the pet trade, and keeping animals confined for human entertainment.

Kristen Bells good place is eating vegan wings with Evans. The 39-year-old actor told the host she was impressed that he offered a meat-free option. Its nice. Youre nice,she added.

Bell has been living meat-free since she was 11-years-old. She hasnt missed eating meat, either. She told Today in 2017, I have no craving for it. Though she isnt vegan anymore (Bell went plant-based in 2012 but transitioned back to vegetarianism shortly after), she commented: I think being vegan is a wonderful way to live and it has great effects on the body. I also think it has really good effects on the environment.

Earlier this year, American comedian Abbi Jacobson appeared on Hot Ones with fellow co-star and co-writer of Comedy Central series Broad City, Ilana Glazer. The pair chowed down on vegan cauliflower wings whilst discussing their careers, weed, and Instagram. Jacobson joked on Twitter afterward: We were sick for two days not because of the hot sauce, but from the huge amount of cauliflower.

During the episode, 32-year-old writer and actor Glazer shared a recipe for Firecracker edibles, which is drunk as a smoothie on Broad City.

You mash up weed into something really fat-based like almond butter Im like a health nut so, I do my Firecrackers with almond butter, she said to Evans.You can put it on a rice cracker, graham cracker, whatever, or you can just put it on a baking sheet and put it in something after.

She added that the Firecracker is to be taken seriously. We would lose our minds,she said.We would go into fetal position in our respective rooms.

RZA was the first vegan to ever appear on Hot Ones. He made his appearance in August 2016, eating plant-based nuggets and drinking almond milk. Evans swapped between animal meat and vegan meat throughout the episode.

RZA told PETA in 2014: Im quite sure [animals] do not wanna be on my plate When you eat [animal products] youre eating that stress, eating that sickness, eating that fear,he said. He added, I dont need a dead animal or dead piece of flesh to go into my live body.

He also said he believes veganism could lead to a better tomorrow.

Canadian actor Thomas Middleditch took to the Hot Ones table in 2017. Middleditch went for meat-free wings, which he said were super tasting.

Two months prior, Middleditch told Food GPS that he was an aspiring vegetarian who loves the fast-casual vegan restaurant, Veggie Grill.

Stunt performer and actor Steve-O best known for his work on Jackass chatted about activism during his Hot Ones episode. Steve-O climbed 150 feet in the air on a construction site with a blow-up toy whale that read SeaWorld sucks. Steve-O has also protested against fur and circuses. The entertainer was once vegan but now eats fish.

American musician Anderson Paak met with Evans in October 2018. Theyre all vegan, are you sure? Paak asked about the nuggets before biting into one (he also made sure the milk was dairy-free). Its all vegan today, Evans assured, and commented that the Almond Breeze milk is so good.

Paak also shouted out the fast-food chain Fatburger, arguing that its better than In-N-Out because, at the time, it was one of the only fast-food spots where you could get the Impossible Burger.

Canadian YouTube star and talk show host Lilly Singh braved spicy meat-free wings on Hot Ones last year. Singh recently opened up about being vegetarian on her new late-night talk show, A Little Late With Lilly Singh. She called herself a proud vegetarian and encouraged her viewers to give the lifestyle a go. She said: I originally decided to become a vegetarian because I figured if I can live without killing an animal, why shouldnt I?

She added, If youre on the fence about becoming a vegetarian, I highly recommend it. Youre saving animals. Youre saving the planet. Youre saving a lot of time at Thanksgiving.

Hot Ones welcomed American comedian Pete Holmes in December 2018. Holmes ate spicy plant-based wings with Evans and chatted about the beliefs surrounding veganism.

We also have to fess up the idea that most of us even though Im a vegan werent vegan for decades and decades and decades so we have to have compassion for people that eat meat or whatever, Holmes said.

He added, Try to eat plants as much as you can. Its good for you and its good for the planet and its good for animals but if you [expletive] up, dont be embarrassed. Thats what were all doing.


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Vegan in NJ: VegFest returns to feed thousands at the Meadowlands Expo Center – Asbury Park Press

In just four years, the New Jersey Vegan Food Festival has evolved into a cultural force across the Garden State, advocating for a plant-based lifestyle.

It's launched events in cities from Secaucus to Atlantic City, drawing thousands of attendees and featuring appearances by vegan luminaries such as Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA and record-breaking ultramarathon runner Scott Jurek.

Watch a video of Cory Booker's appearance at an Asbury Park vegan pop-up in the player at the top of this story.

But it all started with a simple goal: "I really just wanted something to eat," said co-founder Kendra Arnold.

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New Jersey VegFest, seen in these shots from 2017, returns to the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus on Nov. 16 and 17.(Photo: Courtesy of Janet Zappasodi)

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Based in Morristown, Arnold and her co-founder, Marisa Sweeney, launched their endeavoras a one-day, 30-vendor gathering at a Morristown hotel in 2016. When the event returns to the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus on Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, there will be approximately 170 vendors and thousands of attendees.

The big weekend, the largest event in the organization's history, is set to include food and drink vendors from across the region as well as live music from Buntopia and the Ocean Avenue Stompers, tunes from DJs Candace V and Chef Rootsie, andscreenings of Simon Amstell's mockumentary "Carnage." There will be trail hikes, a women's networking event, a kids area and more.


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"As veganism has grown and that curiosity and that awareness has grown, it's allowed our event to grow," said Sweeney, noting that planing for the Meadowlands gathering is a year-round process.

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Sweeney said she and Arnold work towardbeing "accommodating to what people are really looking for. People are looking for more local vendors and they're looking for health food and comfort food and they're looking for drinks and they're looking for lifestyle products."

The booming popularity of Arnold and Sweeney's operation, which included an epic July festival in Atlantic City, is part of a movement towardgreater accessibility and interest in vegan products.

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These days, it's easy to find the meatless Impossible Burger at Burger King or a Beyond Sausage Sandwich at Dunkin', and there are hundreds of plant-based options coming to Disney's theme parks.

New Jersey VegFest, seen in these shots from 2017, returns to the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus on Nov. 16 and 17.(Photo: Courtesy of Janet Zappasodi)

"Once a choice is put infront of (people), like at Burger King, if they can have a vegan burger or a regular burger, it sounds like a lot of people are going for the vegan burgers just because it's an option," said Arnold."Before you didn't have that choice, and now you doso people are opting to make that choice and seeing more and more places have it, it's pretty exciting."

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When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17

Where: Meadowlands Exposition Center, 355 Plaza Drive, Secaucus

Tickets: $15 per day, $20 for a weekend pass if purchased by Friday, Nov. 15, $20 per day and $30 for the weekend at the door, kids 13 and under free.

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The top 6 reasons people go vegan, explained – CNET

More and more people keep hopping on the vegan diet train. But why?

As the buzz about plant-based meat continues to grow, you may have found yourself wondering whether you should try out a plant-based diet. Vegetarianism and veganism have been practiced for thousands of years for a variety of reasons, and in 2019, it's become easier to give up meat and animal products, thanks to the plethora of plant-based alternatives (like the Impossible Burger, Beyond Meat burger and various cheese substitutes) that are so close to the real thing, they can turn the stomach of a years-long vegetarian.

If your last visit to Burger King has you wondering why you should should swap a beef Whopper for an Impossible Whopper, I'm here to dive into the various reasons people choose to go vegetarian or vegan and the impact those practices have on our bodies and our planet.

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There's no shortage of evidence that eating lots of fruits and vegetables contribute to a healthy body and brain. In fact, some research suggests that vegans and vegetarians generally have better health markers than omnivores. In fact, many health experts recommend plant-based diets to people who have heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health conditions.

One big reason people give up animal products involves health concerns about animal protein, particularly red meat. For decades, public health officials and health practitioners urged consumers to eat less meat, especially beef and pork. They cited health concerns such as heart attack, stroke, cancer and more.

However, recent research revealed that people may have held the wrong conviction toward red meat for all these years, noting that the evidential ties between red meat, processed meat and illness were weak at best. Another long-held belief about red meat that its saturated fat content clogs the arteries -- was also recently debunked.

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That said, no dietary recommendation is appropriate for every person, so take the evidence and do with it what you will. If you have poor reactions to animal protein, that's reason enough to try plant-based meat. And whether real beef or faux meat is healthier, well, that's the question of the decade (and probably the next one).

A vegan diet is worth trying out, especially if you're interested in the health benefits, animal welfare or potential environmental benefits.

This is a key reason for many people in their decision to start and continue a vegan diet. Many vegans strongly believe that all animals, including those that have long been staples in diets all over the world, have a right to life and freedom. That's certainly a fair standpoint, and having emotional attachments with animals often contributes to that view.

For example, research about the motives behind eating a vegan diet shows that having more pets early in life (and a larger variety of pets, e.g., not just cats and dogs) increases the tendency to avoid meat consumption later in life.

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If you're not ready to go full-out vegan but want to cut down on your consumption of beef for animal welfare reasons, replacing your typical beef burger with an Impossible Burger or a Beyond Burger the next time you eat out is a good start. Here's a list of places that have the Beyond Meat Burger on their menu, and a list of restaurants that serve the Impossible Burger.

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If you ask a vegan why they decided to eat vegan, there's a good chance they'll mention something about the environment. Many people who eat plant-based diets are passionate about protecting the environment, and that's all with good reason -- we should all strive to do our part for our Earth.

Many consumers and even environmental experts attribute current environmental issues to animal agriculture, citing flashy statistics about greenhouse gas emissions, water and land usage, waste, labor costs and transportation involved in raising livestock.

But animal agriculture may not be as bad for the environment as you think. Some research suggests that even if everyone on the planet went vegan, greenhouse gas emissions would only drop by 2.6 percent. The earth would probably be better off if people focused on reducing food waste, minimizing single-use plastic, and using public transportation, walking or biking more than using cars.

Many people think that plant-based meats are the answer to current environmental problems.

Some people choose to eat a plant-based diet because they don't believe that humans need animal sources of food to survive and thrive. While there is some truth to that statement -- you can certainly meet your daily nutrient requirements on a vegan or vegetarian diet, even if you exercise a lot -- anyone on a plant-based diet should take steps to ensure they consume enough nutrients that come largely from animal sources. Those include vitamin B12, vitamin D, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, calcium, zinc and iron.

Fortified plant-based foods, like the Impossible Burger and Beyond Burger, offer similar nutrient profiles to that of real beef. So if you're looking for plant-based alternatives but don't want to risk nutrient deficiencies, give one of these faux meat burgers a try.

Swapping faux meat in for real meat is a good way to enter the world of plant-based eating.

Some people choose plant-based diets for all the reasons on this list and some choose to eat plant-based simply because they don't enjoy animal protein and dairy products, or they have sensitivities to them -- like lactose intolerance.

At the end of the day, you don't really need a reason for choosing a plant-based burger over a regular burger -- you shouldn't feel obligated to explain your food choices to other people if you don't want to.

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With veganism on the rise, vegetarians are becoming an afterthought – The Irish Times

As a teenager, back in the 90s, I watched a harrowing documentary on battery farmed poultry. In that moment, a decision was cemented which would accompany me into adulthood and remains with me to this day.

Eating meat was not a dietary requirement for me and I did not want to contribute in any way to this industry: I was becoming a vegetarian.

Being vegetarian in the meat-loving Ireland of that era was challenging. As very much part of a minority, I did not feel catered to by supermarkets or restaurants. In fact, the choice to abstain from meat made me feel somewhat of an inconvenience. Eating out at a large gathering, such as a wedding or corporate event, was uncomfortable. The meat-free option, more often than not a vegetable lasagne, trailed behind its meaty counterparts on arriving at the dinner table. Awkward conversations about what I did or did not eat and why would inevitably ensue, as fellow diners would wait with curiosity to see what I would be served.

Aside from some stand-out exceptions, eating out as a non meat-eater was generally quite banal. Menus would be scanned for what could be eaten rather than perused for what would be chosen.

In time though, vegetarianism became a more popular lifestyle choice, menus improved, awkward dinner conversations about whether or not I eat chicken became unnecessary and life was good.

Now, however, I find myself with a new beef.

In recent years, a new contender has entered the arena of stretching the imagination of the menu planner: The Vegan.

Veganism is admirable, stoic and increasingly widespread. Aside from the health benefits a vegan diet can offer, the benefits to the environment and the reduction of ones carbon foot-print are undeniable. My problem with this new generation of non-meat-eaters is nothing personal and I respect the discipline those who adhere to it require.

Veganism is a strong and constantly growing industry and it is being treated with gravitas. Supermarkets and restaurants alike go to great lengths to cater for those who will only consume foods which are meat, fish, poultry and dairy free. They have identified a growing market and are supplying suitable produce. These businesses make money, vegans eat well, everyone is happy.

Well, almost everyone.

There was a time when I could recommend to anyone, be they vegetarian or otherwise, the most delicious vegetarian options in town. I had favourite restaurants which I would frequent when the hankering for a scrumptious halloumi burger, a delicious aubergine and feta bake or a mouth watering goats cheese tart would strike. I, like the meat-eating diners, would enjoy browsing the menu and choosing courses that I knew I would enjoy eating dining out was a pleasurable experience.

Lately though, I am noticing quite a radical shift in the menus of many restaurants. While a patron is still perfectly welcome to eat a chicken, the consumption of an egg has become questionable. You can feast on the flesh of a cow with the greatest of gusto without turning a head, but the desire for milk, cream or cheese seems to be rather taboo.

In the quest to satisfy the growing vegan market, many restaurateurs are making their vegetarian options not just meat free but also vegan.

Yes, there are plenty of meat free options and yes, I enjoy an avocado toast as much as the next person but I cant help feeling that the vegetarian has enjoyed their moment in the sun and is now once again being resigned to the bottom of the culinary list of priorities. Offering a vegetarian vegan food ticks a box for the restaurateur in the same way that keeping the emergency vegetarian lasagne in the freezer did back in the 90s. Meat eaters are being well catered for, vegans are being well catered for and the vegetarian can, once again, just make do.

I am well aware, of course, that this gripe of mine is a first world problem. There are leagues of people the world over for whom dining out is something they will never have to get worked up about. But from my position of privilege I just want to raise a voice for the long suffering vegetarian.

We are still in circulation.

Admittedly we are not as fashionable as we once were but we are still worthy of some attention. It is disheartening to see menu listings and supermarket space increasingly be given over to vegan choices while my options grow narrower and my favourites disappear. Being vegetarian is turning full circle as we once again become an afterthought.

And for the record, I dont even like vegetarian lasagne. I dont like it with dairy cheese, I dont like it with vegan cheese, I dont even like it with a side of avocado.

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Why ‘vegan’ is a dirty word: is it time to come up with a better term for the animal-free life? – HeraldScotland

Now, the high priests and priestesses of veganism have decreed that the whole month will be World Vegan Month.

Theres real wind in the dried pineapple-leaf sails of the not-actually-radical idea of not eating or using animals, and I suppose Im a case in point, having joined the meatless party last August after reading a Guardian article (how very millennial of me).

The only thing possibly holding veganism back now is the name. Because when even Linda McCartney buries the word vegan on its vegan supermarket bonanza, emblazoning them all with vegetarian instead, you know the term is seen as dead weight.

Maybe they should go with plant-based. To vegans, it's clear code for the green light to put the sausages straight in the basket without having to scour the ingredients list. For everyone else the cerebral warning sirens induced by the fear of the dryness that beset vegan products of old (so, around 10 years ago) seem to stay silent. Everybody wins.

Of course, the vegan police will remind me that is all well and good for food, but what about leather, Saharan camel rides, fur coats? And theyll have to haul me to the cells because I dont have much of an answer for them. Other than that, vegan leather can be made from things like apple peels. Aka plants.

But I know not all of veganism is about plants, and the word wont always suit. So, what else?

The best potential answer I can come up with is that the vegan movement should remember the elephant in the room. That just like our tried-and-tested approach towards elephants, we dont think its very nice to eat cows, pigs or chickens either.

Maybe if we labelled food animal free, more people would reach their own conclusion that they arent entirely at ease with eating animals either.

It would paint a dichotomy that reinforces the simple truth that pork is a word for pig that distances itself from the idea of it being one, and beef is an actual dead cow. Quite where those euphemisms came from, frankly I have no idea. Presumably "cow" sounded too unedifying in peoples minds.

But if the animal eaters can craft words that gloss over what it actually is theyre eating, Im sure vegans can find some new term that sounds less hideously vacuous.

The word vegan needs changing not least because no-one seems to know what it means. I

t contains veg but then so does vegetarian, and thats the full sum of the information that can be gleaned. Research for cake brand Bells & Whistles found that the second-most common Google search for When can vegans is eat eggs?. A popular finisher when researching Is veganism is a religion?. For the removal of doubt, the answer is err, never? for the former and no for the latter.

But for the dairy-free icing on the eggless cake of how meaningless the term is, some people even search Do vegans eat meat?, to which the obvious answer is, of course, only very rarely when we really, really want to and when precisely no-one is watching. Im glad we cleared that up.

The word will naturally have come about in order to have a pithy term for a concept with clear parameters. Unfortunately, the succinctness it offers also forms a stick with which to beat veganisms adherents. My family and I stumbled upon a restaurant calling itself a Vegan hebab center in South Carolina this summer, and much of social media relishes a bit of vegan-bashing too.

It may just be that an animal product-free hebab center would start to show how silly the hostility is.

If veganism is to continue to take off, we have to ditch the dirty label its come to be, even among the foremost vegan businesses. Vegans should remember it must be the concept behind it that were loyal to, not the V-word itself.

Theres something Ill call the Schrodingers cat of veganism. Its that non-vegans simultaneously hold vegans to be super healthy to such levels that what they eat could only possibly be void of any of the joy and comfort of eating and worryingly unhealthy.

I get my protein from plants, in case you are wondering its really that simple. Did you know two slices of bread have eight grams of it? Now you do. The word simply puts people off, that much even the most hardcore vegan can surely admit.

Far better we focus on winning people over through blended cashew-nut-and-almond-milk cheesy pasta sauce and juicy vegan steaks than cling to a tainted word.

There are healthy vegans and there are unhealthy vegans, just like in the rest of the population. How liberating. You can have a diet consisting purely of Oreo cookies and still be vegan, but I wouldnt recommend it.

The key to a persons heart is through their stomach. If vegans are going to get a groundswell of regular meat-eaters to view the idea with fresh eyes neither as inherently unhealthy nor healthy to the point of joylessness they need only focus on the love affair with food that many experience when first overhauling their diet to focus on the versatility of plants.

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Just dont eat one.

Five fantastic animal-free treats ... just don't mention the V-word

1. Oreo: Lick it, twist it, dunk it in milk ... almond, of course.

2. Most spirits: While wine and beer can be a label-free non-vegan minefield to navigate, the hard stuff has you covered. Cheers!

3. Betty Crocker Devil Cake Mix: Just mix with a can of coke and a dash of baking powder. It sounds outlandish but it works.

4. Salt & Vinegar crisps: You may have to fall out of love with the cheesy crisp flavours, but at least this national favourite has your back.

5. Penne arrabbiata: If you steer clear of some of the more costly pastas, which sometimes include egg, this simple dish with its tomato and chilli sauce will fill you up.

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Veganism: Common myths and misconceptions about the lifestyle – Republic World – Republic World

If you are a vegan, you are probably surrounded by random assumptions about veganism coming from all corners. But, some of these concerns and assumptions are as mythical as the story of our grandparents used to tell us about seeds,If you swallow a seed, a tree will grow inside you.Here are some of the most commonmyths about veganism. Empower yourself with the knowledge that youre doing the right thing.

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It is not true. Rather, on the contrary, a vegan diet can be far healthier. Vegan diets have numerous advantages over others. They are far more likely to reach the recommended 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day. Also, they havelower rates of obesityand reduced risk ofcolorectalandprostatecancer.

Some people believe that it is unfair to serve children only healthy vegan food. Butthe British Dietetic Association says that a well-planned vegan diet is suitable forallages. With the right planning and proper knowledge, a child can get everything they need from a vegan diet.

Veganism is not more expensive than a meat-eating lifestyle.The price of organic foods and cosmetics might be higher than the commercial animal-based ones in the market, but this is because of the demand-supply ratio. Even if you have the money but not the time, in todays world you can ordergreat vegan groceriesto your door.

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This argument is completely untrue because it all comes down to your choice. Although the dairy industry has indeed penetrated the F&B section, there are plenty of options available for those who do not want to consume animal-based products. Organic food is on the rise and plenty of plant-based nutrition is available in urban and rural areas.

The common misinformation that people follow is that humans gain protein only from animal products. But this is false. Plant-based protein sources are aplenty such as soya, lentils, pulses, broccoli, seaweed, peas, and spinach. Also, the animals consumed for so-called protein are fed on the above plant-based protein diet. So youre basically consuming the same plant-based protein.

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The Real Reason Chef and Author Eddie Huang Went Vegan, Plus Other Plant-Based Celebrities – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Eddie Huang, the author of the Fresh Off The Boat memoir that inspired the hit ABC comedy, announced this summer that hes now a vegan. Huang is also a renowned chef and owner of Taiwanese-Chinese restaurant Baohaus, located in New York City and Los Angeles.

It remains to be seen if Huang will stick with his vow to no longer eat meats, and how it will affect his restaurants menu.

Heres what we know about the reasoning behind his decision, plus a few other celebrities who went in the same direction as Huang and broke up with meat.

Huang co-owns Baohaus with his brother, Evan Huang, where they serve Taiwanese/Chinese cuisine consisting of very delicious-sounding, but un-planty items. For example, one item called the Chairman Bao is braised all-natural Berkshire pork belly served with Haus Relish, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar, and cilantro. In addition to pork belly, Baohaus also serves fried chicken and pork stew, all made with all-natural, antibiotic- and hormone-free meats.

Huang spells out the restaurants heart and philosophy on its website.

With [the restaurants] minimal menu, the brothers tore down everything people knew about Taiwanese-Chinese food and rebuilt it from the ground up.Baohaus isnt just a restaurant, itsthe place the brothers wish existed in their neighborhood when they were coming up. Our families came on boats, but now we on a spaceship, f*** with us.

Countless celebrities and public figures have also gone vegan for various reasons. Among them, former president Bill Clinton, mostly for health reasons. I like the vegetables, the fruits, the beans, the stuff I eat now, Clinton shared with aCNN reporter. All my blood tests are good, and my vital signs are good, and I feel good, and I also have, believe it or not, more energy.

Singer Carrie Underwood is a vegan but not a strict one. I am a vegan but I consider myself to be a practical vegan, shetold Entertainment Wise. If I order something on a menu and it has a sprinkling of cheese on top Im not going to send it back.

Former boxer Mike Tyson tried the vegan diet in 2010, and has since lost 100 pounds. Becoming a vegan gave me another opportunity to live a healthy life, he said on Oprah: Where Are They Now in 2013. I was so congested from all the drugs and bad cocaine, I could hardly breathe, [I had] high blood pressure, [was] almost dying [and had] arthritis. And once I became a vegan all that stuff diminished.

In August, Huang posted on Instagram that he could no longer eat meat, when he saw videos of the burning of the Amazon forest.

After watching videos of the Amazon on fire this week, Ive decided that this corned beef I ate at Juniors last week will be the last piece of beef I ever eat. I love beef, I love oxtails, I love Peter Lugers, I loved growing up in a steak house cutting NY Strip on Xanax. It was soothing but beef is f***ing us.

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After watching videos of the Amazon on fire this week, Ive decided that this corned beef I ate at Juniors last week will be the last piece of beef I ever eat. I love beef, I love ox tails, I love Peter Lugers, I loved growing up in a steak house cutting NY Strip on xanax. It was soothing but beef is fucking us. Actually, we are fucking ourselves on multiple levels and we need to make changes. Im going to go vegan because it takes 20 times less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater and over 90% of the land cleared in the amazon rainforest since 1970 is used for grazing livestock, but if all of us just stopped eating BEEF it would solve huge problems. Eat fish, eat chicken, eat pork until the next crisis but if all u can do now is quit beef, please do it. I know a lot of ass backwards people think vegetarianism or veganism is some uppity white girl thing to do but its not. There have been Asian Buddhist Vegetarians for thousands of years, Ital Rasta, Hindu as well, this is not some new age thing to laugh at. We are getting back to roots, healing the Earth, and ourselves. Ive eaten my last bite of meat. I wish I had planned this better and ate my moms ox tail soup but fuck it. There really isnt time to waste. Some things have to start today. I started to get these feelings shooting the last season of Huangs World and fasted for 5 days because my producer Davids mom said I looked sick. She was right. The 5 days not eating fundamentally changed me and I shot the second half of the season while intermittent fasting. Ive made a lot of food videos because I love food but more than anything because food was fertile ground for exploring difference, but I dont love what food tv and more importantly what food has become in our culture: a drug. I had a really rough 2018- early 2019, got high and just ate myself to sleep watching Harry Potter a lot lol but Im getting back on my shit. Take a moment, think about it, and reexamine your relationship with food because itll make the Earth and ourselves very very sick if we keep abusing it.

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Actually, we are f***ing ourselves on multiple levels and we need to make changes. Im going to go vegan because it takes 20 times less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater and over 90% of the land cleared in the Amazon rainforest since 1970 is used for grazing livestockIve eaten my last bite of meat.

I wish I had planned this better and ate my moms oxtail soup but f*** it. There really isnt time to wasteTake a moment reexamine your relationship with food because itll make the Earth and ourselves very very sick if we keep abusing it.

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Marvel Just Turned This 12-Year-Old Vegan Activist Into a Superhero – LIVEKINDLY

Twelve-year-old vegan activist Genesis Butler will feature in Marvel Studios upcoming documentary series, Marvel Hero Project.

Marvel Hero Project is an unscripted series that shares the positive impact several young, real life heroes are making in their own communities across the country.Every youth leader featured in the show will also be the star of their own comic book.

It is such a huge honor to be part of the Marvel Universe, Butler told LIVEKINDLY in an email. She was shocked that one of the worlds biggest franchises chose her to talk about veganism.

Butler believes that being on the show is a great opportunity for veganism.It makes me so happy because I am going to be able to share why we should have compassion for all animals and when we have compassion for all animals, we are also showing compassion to the planet and to each other, she continued.

She filmed her activism lobbying for animals at the State Capitol and at New Life Animal Sanctuary in Lake Elsinore, California. Butler added that learning that getting her own Marvel comic where shes an animal ally was a complete surprise.

According to her website, Butler went vegan at age six after learning that milk comes from mother cows. Now 12, Butler is a real-life superhero to the animals. She is known for her 2017 TEDx talk A 10-year olds vision for healing the planet. Additionally, Butler is also the youngest person to deliver a TEDx Talk.

Butler has since given talks across the U.S. and Canada. Last February, she joined the Million Dollar Vegan campaign in urging Pope Francis to go vegan for Lent in exchange for a $1 million donation to a charity of his choice.

Butler has received numerous awards for her activism, including Animal Hero Kids Sir Paul McCartney Young Veg Advocate award, PETAs Youth Activist of the Year, and the Lisa Shapiro Youth Activist award. She appeared in the 2019 documentary The Invisible Vegan, directed by Jasmine and Kenny Leyva. The independent documentary explores unhealthy dietary patterns in the African-American community and highlights activists leading the modern vegan movement.

Last October, the Harvard C-CHANGE (Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) Instagram featured Butler for her activism. She is the founder of the nonprofit, Genesis for the Animals, which raises money for animal sanctuaries around the world.

Marvel Hero Project premieres on Tuesday, November 12 on the Walt Disney Companys upcoming streaming platform, Disney+.


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Pittsburgh Vegan Expo and Convention offers tasty sample of the lifestyle – TribLIVE

Dacia Thorson recently obtained a registered trademark for legal rights to the word Beaf.

Thats not beef, but rather Beaf, a plant-based meat alternative.

Thorson and her husband Curtis are vegan and own Honest Pastures in Virginia Beach, Va., where the products they manufacture and ship throughout the U.S. include Grillable Beaf Steaks, Corned Beaf, Gyro Beaf, Jackfruit Beaf Ribz, Montreal Chickun, Veggeroni, Teriyaki Beaf, Beaf Broth and Smoked Beaf.

Their Beaf products are made from natural ingredients such as vital wheat gluten, vegetable broth, organic brown sugar, chickpea flour, herbs and seasonings and are adaptable to many recipes.

Each meat involves one or two cooking processes, sometimes three, to get different textures and flavors, Dacia Thorson says.

Moving to Monroeville

They will be offering consumers samples and sales of their products at the Pittsburgh Vegan Expo and Convention Nov. 9 at the Monroeville Convention Center.

The expo is being presented by Amy Cottrill of Pittsburgh, who is bringing the food show to Monroeville for the first time after offering similar vegan food events in Mount Oliver, the North Side and North Hills.

I have watched veganism slowly grow in our city very slowly at first, says Cottrill, who has been a vegetarian, then vegan, since she was a child.

In the past 10 years, she says, the pace of the growth of the vegan lifestyle in Pittsburgh has increased dramatically.

It used to be very hard to find good vegan options in most mainstream restaurants and grocery stores around here. Now, it is rarer to find a restaurant without vegan options, she says.

Making the transition

Among the speakers at the expo will be Dean Caliguire, who played football for the University of Pittsburgh before being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. He also played for a year and a half with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Caliguire will talk about his transition to a plant-based diet and how he feels it played a major role in him overcoming several health problems and illnesses. After battling obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, chronic inflammation and sleep apnea, he took steps to improve his condition and was able to lose 80 pounds and reverse or improve his medical issues.

He spent time at a health center in Santa Rosa, Calif., where he participated in an eight-day water fast and learned how to make diet and lifestyle changes.

Caliguire also credits his family, including his wife; his brother Joe, owner and chef of Sarafinos Restaurant in Crafton; and his godfather, Dr. Dominic Brandy, also a speaker at the expo, for helping him on his journey back to good health.

I still have a ways to go, but I have kept off the weight for a year and I feel like a new person, he says.

Speakers and exhibitors

Other speakers will include Sally Lipsky, talking about her book Beyond Cancer: The Powerful Effect of Plant-Based Eating, and Joel Holc, an energy awareness coach and author of The Eggshell Effect. Professional fighter Khama Worthy will discuss his studio, The Academy: Pittsburgh MMA and Fitness, and his training and career in mixed martial arts.

Local exhibitors will include Taylor Kalasky, owner of Yumzio Bistro in Greensburg, who says she recently expanded her vegan- friendly menu to include items such as vegan omelets and breakfast sandwiches.

One of our most popular vegan dishes is our Vegan French Toast, made with Cellones thick sliced Italian bread which is then dipped in homemade vegan tofu custard, she says.

Yumzio Bistro will feature vegan- friendly mini-doughnuts, fudge, brownies and cupcakes in its booth at the expo.

Josies Sweets and Treats in Dormont recently expanded its menu to include vegan smores cupcakes, cookies and brownies, and savory vegan cornbread muffins with bell peppers and mushrooms.

Owner Christine Krutules vegan options at the expo will include vegan and gluten-free apple crisp, smores cookie bars, pumpkin coffee cake, cinnamon rolls and brownies.

Cottrill says Pittsburgh Vegan Expo is open to and designed for everyone, not only vegans.

All are welcome to try new foods and gourmet desserts, watch cultural dance performances and an eco-friendly fashion gala and do holiday shopping to support local businesses, including artists, jewelers, body care product makers, makeup reps, clothiers, book authors and more, she says.

There will be a performance by four-time North American Beatbox Champion, Villain, accompanied by child break-dancers from The Get Down Kids, under the instruction of Kid Cuba of The Get Down Gang.

Candy Williams is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

Pittsburgh Vegan Expo and ConventionWhen: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9Admission: $5, free for ages 16 and younger Where: Monroeville Convention Center, MonroevilleDetails: 412-225-3302 or

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Vegans, vegetarians and the meat of the matter – The Guardian

George Reynolds (The war on vegans, the long read, 25 October) conflates eating less meat, being vegetarian and being vegan. When he says Veganism, of course, is rooted in social justice, it is likely that phrase should apply to vegetarianism.

At root, vegetarianism poses philosophical and moral issues. We are, by nature and evolution, fitted to a mixed diet, but at scale have a cruel and brutal way of putting meat on the table. Many people dont like being reminded of this. It makes them uncomfortable, and they take it out on the messenger. But there is something more going on, and that is specifically about veganism.

Georges article contains much of the answer to his question. He points out veganism is replacing one kind of industrialised system with another and that intensive industrialised farming of soya, maize and grains comes at a significant carbon cost, too as does flying in the ingredients to keep berries and nut butters on aa bowls or avocado on toast. He doesnt mention the impact of almonds, palm oil and quinoa on indigenous people, water resources or forests.

Veganism has always been a smaller grouping within a broader movement. It has to face greater dietary challenges. From necessity it attracts the most committed people and inevitably some of them proselytise with the fire of justice in their bellies. When you mix an uncompromising stance on diet with an absolute insistence on the moral high ground you very quickly annoy people.

When veganism is scaled up in the hands of global capital, it becomes vastly more complicated. So, in addition to reminding us of the structure of animal cruelty, and triggering a blame the messenger response, the messianic certainty of some vegans can also attract hatred because it makes a difficult, complex structural issue into one of personal consumer choice.Brian FishChapel Allerton, Leeds

George Reynolds may have overlooked the main reason that vegans upset people. Preparing and sharing food is so central to human culture that it has ritual significance. Strict veganism undermines the fundamental social rite of eating together.

When vegans cook for omnivores, the interaction is generally successful. The guests eat what they are given and compliment the cooking. The etiquette of food-sharing has been preserved. But when strict vegans are fed by omnivores, there is tension. The hosts face a daunting list of exclusion and must try new recipes. For practical reasons, the vegan menu may be imposed on the whole gathering. This offends our deep-rooted belief that guests should adapt to the host culture, gratefully accepting whatever food they are given. The alternative option of the vegans bringing their own food is even more offensive: the social bond of food-sharing will not be achieved.

Historically, religious dietary taboos were used as a tool to prevent social interaction with others outside the sect. Unconsciously, vegans may be causing grave offence by othering their families and community. This has implications for the best strategy to reduce meat-eating and save the planet. Gradualism, flexitarianism and reinforcement rather than undermining of traditional food-sharing culture will result in greater societal change.Dr Quentin ShawShrewsbury, Shropshire

Your long read falls into the trap of tarring all vegans with the same brush, like cyclists or other groups that seem to arouse irrational hatred. Like many vegans, I dont engage in internet warfare, or mention my dietary choices on social media. Where my new diet has been met with consternation by friends and family, Ive won them over by cooking for them, which habitually ends with them asking for seconds and for recipes. Some dont even notice theyre eating coconut yoghurt or ice cream, aquafaba meringues etc.

Where the article falls down is seeing beyond the issues associated with eating less meat, essentially lumping vegans in with vegetarians. It is worth looking with more scrutiny at animal products. Rearing cows for dairy has a serious environmental impact; the data (for example in the Oxford university study referenced in the article) makes this perfectly clear. The piece also perpetuates the mythical dangers of soy farming; around 90% of soy is grown to feed livestock. If we ate more of it as a protein source instead of meat, wed need to grow much less of it.Matt KanerLondon

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