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Is Brad Pitt Vegan? What You Need to Know – LIVEKINDLY

Brad Pitt is vocal in his support for vegan food. The award-winning 56-year-old actor is also rumored to be a longtime vegetarian. But is he really vegan?

Reports on Pitts diet vary. A recent article by Glamour said that he has been a vegan for years. Elle Australia has also reported on the actors vegan diet, referencing an article published by Eonline 2012. Other publications, including the Daily Mail, suggest that Pitt is vegetarianand has been for decades.

Vegan or not, Pitt has yet to confirm any details of his diet. However, he is extremely vocal about political, social, and environmental issues, including animal welfare. The actor has now advocated for better living conditions for egg-laying hens on at least two separate occasions.

In 2015, Pitt wrote to the chief executive of American warehouse chain Costco regarding its use of battery eggs. According to New York Daily News, Pitt said: As you know, these birds producing eggs for your shelves are crammed five or more into cages that are not large enough for even one hen to spread her wings.

Pitt and his ex-wife, fellow actor and social justice advocate Angelina Jolie, regularly supported the Naankuse Wildlife Sanctuary in Namibia through their humanitarian organization, the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. They donated $2 million to the conservation sanctuary after visiting and observing the work there.

Pitt has also supported various humanitarian causes, including the ONE Campaign which combats AIDS and extreme poverty. The ONE Campaign also advocates for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Regardless of his personal diet, Pitt is vocal in his support of vegetarian, vegan, and meat-free food. Earlier this year, he complimented the vegan food served at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.

Originally, the award ceremony was due to serve a seafood dish. However, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) changed the menu last minute to send a good message about sustainability.

Im all for it. It makes sense, cause everyone can eat vegan but not everyone can eat a steak, Pitt said to the Associated Press on the red carpet.

By the way, when they do the steak, its never that good, he added. And what they like to do is fish, which I never understand because then everyone is walking around with fish breath. So, Im all for the vegan thing.

Pitt won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Quentin Tarantinos Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). DiCaprio, who was nominated for Best Actor, is also rumored to be a vegetarian and similarly praised the awards ceremony for its plant-based menu choices.

Instead of the fish, attendees ate chilled golden beet soup, wild mushroom risotto, and vegan opera cake. The 77th Golden Globes was the first major awards ceremony to go vegan in 2020. Shortly followed by the 25th annual Critics Choice Awards, the 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the 92nd annual Academy Awards.

In his acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, Pitt closed by saying: If you see a chance to be kind to someone tomorrow, take it. I think we need it.

In 2018, Pitt and DiCaprio both appeared in a video PSA for the Get Out the Vote campaign. The actors encouraged fans to use their votes in the midterm elections, citing their importance in everything from healthcare to the environment.

Statehouse elections will determine the future of climate change, criminal justice reform, education funding, LGBTQ equality, and even your ability to vote, said Pitt.

Following Pitt and DiCaprios introduction, the video references several of their various initiatives. Including the Prevent Cruelty California Act, also known as Proposition 12. The propositionwhich passed with a vote of 63 percent yes to 37 percent nonow protects farm animals from extreme confinement in California.

Prop 12 will free millions of egg-laying hens, mother pigs and newborn calves used for veal from cruel cages, said the YES on Prop 12 Campaign, at the time. Proposition 12 also requires any animal products imported from other states to adhere to the same welfare requirements.

Its cruel and inhumane to lock animals in tiny cages for their whole lives,the campaign stated at the time. Such confinement causes extreme suffering and increases food safety risks. Farm animals and California consumers deserve protection from such inhumane and substandard products in the marketplace.

Pitt also held a press conference in support of Californias Prop 87, which aimed to tax oil production. The money raised by the taxapproximately $4 billionwas to be used to promote more energy-efficient cars and alternative fuels.

While Pitt hasnt confirmed what type of diet he follows, veganism is synonymous with several of the causes he is vocal in his support for. In particular, environmentalism. Adopting a vegan diet could help preserve the natural environment. It could also mitigate the impact of climate change and establish a more sustainable food system.

According to a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), eating sustainable and plant-based food is essential in reducing the carbon footprint of the human diet. It also adds that cattle farms and rice fields create over half of the worlds methane emissions.

The consumption of healthy and sustainable diets, such as those based on coarse grains, pulses, and vegetables, and nuts and seeds presents major opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the report.

Critics of animal agriculture also maintain that it causes unnecessary cruelty to animals. Even improved welfare standardsfor example, free-range eggsoften fall short of what consumers expect.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) sued the Happy Egg Co. last March for misleading advertising. Specifically for its use of the term pasture-raised, which implied more spacious housing than the birds received.

A vegan diet is also thought to be healthier than one containing meat, dairy, and other animal products. Some government organizations now advocate for plant-based diets, both for their health and acknowledged environmental benefits.

Canadas 2019 Canadian nutrition guidelines explicitly recommended a reduction of animal-based foods. Instead of animal products, the Canadian government recommends eating more fruit, vegetables, and other fresh produce.

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Meet the mountaineer who accomplished the impossible a 100 pc vegan ascent of Mount Everest – YourStory

In 1993, eighth-grader Kuntal Joisher wrote his first piece of software code. Somehow, I felt that I would be doing that for the rest of my life, he says. But, thats only a tiny part of what he does today. A part-time software engineer, Kuntal is now a well-known name in mountaineering and vegan circles.

In 2018, he summited Mt. Lhotse, the fourth-highest mountain in the world at 8,516 metres, and became the first person to ascend an 8,000 metre mountain on a 100 percent vegan lifestyle. A year later, he repeated the feat on Everest, another first for the vegan community.

Born in Kharagpur, a small town in West Bengal, Kuntal moved to Mumbai when he was four. He says, It is the city I call home today."

After completing his bachelor's in Computer Engineering, Kuntal moved to the US to pursue a master's in Computer Science at the University of Southern California in 2001. It was here that he was introduced to veganism.

He adds, I realised how the harmless glass of milk or that tasty block of cheese came from cows, which were impregnated over and over and their calves stolen and sent to slaughterhouses.

With that realisation, Kuntal became a vegan. I learnt the true meaning of the words empathy and compassion the day I decided to turn vegan. However, little did I know this one decision would completely change the direction of my life.

After six years in the US, Kuntal moved to India to be with his family after his dad was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

I was your average next-door guy stuck in the corporate rat race, says Kuntal reflecting on his life before he took up mountaineering.

Even in my craziest dreams, I did not imagine climbing mountains, he adds. But, a visit to Narkanda a tiny village near Shimla made him fall in love with the mountains.

In October 2010, Kuntal signed up for a trek to Everest base camp in Nepal. Hiking through some of the most spectacular Himalayan landscape and reaching the base camp of Pumori the daughter of Everest Kuntal witnessed something that unearthed within him a dream.

There, I saw the most magical scene of my life. The last light of sunset was falling directly on Everest. The other mountains had faded into the backdrop amid the evening hues, but Everest was burning golden in colour, as if someone had set the snow on fire. In that very moment I had found my dream. I promised myself that one day I would come back and climb to the top of Everest!

To realise that dream, Kuntal quit his job and decided to be a freelance software engineer. His family too collectively decided to adopt a frugal lifestyle to enable him to pursue his new-found passion. But the biggest sacrifice, Kuntal says, was to be okay with him being detached from the family.

Not wanting to comprise his readiness, Kuntal trained in the Himalayas for almost four months a year for four years.He was not just training to climb Everest, but he was also training to do so as a vegan. But there was a lot of scepticism in the mountaineering community.

The recommended diet for extreme climbing expeditions includes salami, spam, cheese, processed meats, eggs, and dairy. I, on the other hand, couldnt eat any of these high-fat high-protein animal products.

In April 2014, he felt ready to embark on that big dream. But a few days into the climb, 17 Sherpa guides died in an ice-avalanche and the expedition was cancelled. Kuntal returned in 2015, but this time, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal the largest in a century and it resulted in a massive avalanche that hit the base camp.

I distinctly remember the moment when I saw the giant cloud of snow and ice about to hit us. In that moment, I didn't think that I was going to die; I was sure I was going to. But, I narrowly escaped death.

Having failed twice, he began to have self-doubt. But he reminded himself of how he had spent every waking moment of the last six years chasing a dream, and the sacrifices he and his family had made.

Kuntal recalls, Standing on top of the world, quite literally, instead of feeling happy, I felt otherwise. After all, I was wearing a one-piece mountaineering Down suit, which was not cruelty free. Even though an alternative did not exist, it was no excuse.

So he decided to climb once again, this time a 100 percent vegan ascent of Everest.

Collaborating with a company that specialised in making animal-free jackets, eight months of R&D later, Kuntal received the worlds first animal-free one piece suit for 8,000 metre mountains, 50 percent of which is made from recycled materials.

But the only pitfall was that it was not tested in extreme weather conditions, which meant there was an element of risk. In 2018, he climbed Mt. Lhotse, the fourth-highest peak in the world, wearing his new suit.

There was no scratch, no frostbite, no cough, no illness at all," says Kuntal, who now returned to Everest in May 2019, and fulfilled his long-pending dream.

The recommended diet for extreme climbing expeditions often includes salami, cheese, processed meats, eggs, and dairy. Yet, the vegan diet has never compromised his nutritional requirements and performance, says Kuntal.

He adds, Ive now been part of over 25 serious Himalayan climbing expeditions. Ive successfully worked with the kitchen staff of expedition operators in the high Himalaya in India and Nepal, and even a remote region such as Northern Ice-cap in Chilean Patagonia.

He says his diet during an expedition depends a lot on where he is climbing. If it's the Himalayas, then most of the local food tend to be vegetarian, and hence easier to veganise.

In addition, the diet also takes into account the energy requirements at varying altitude levels.

At a higher altitude, the calorie requirements of a human body are dramatically different compared to while at sea-level. At the base camp, which is at 18,000 ft, a climbers calorie requirements could easily be around 4,000 calories a day, and this number would easily go up to 8,000 to 9,000 calories at 25,000 ft, and a climber burns through about 15,000 calories on a typical Everest 20-hour round trip to the summit.

He says the vegan diet has not only helped him train harder, but also derive performance benefits and faster recovery. In addition, I have noticed that I never catch a stomach infection that most mountain climbers catch at some point during the climb either due to lactose intolerance or infected meat.

Having achieved his biggest dream, Kuntal now plans to scale the highest peaks across the seven continents, three of which he has already completed. (including Everest.).

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Danone: Taking Veganism Seriously While Honouring Front Line Workers in the Pandemic – vegconomist – the vegan business magazine

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Danone is taking theplant-based revolution seriously and has its sights set on a target of 5 billion euros in its plant-based sales in five years. Additionally it was revealed yesterday that its subsidiary So Delicious, producer of vegan dairy products, will be donating supplies to frontline workers in National Nurses Week this May.

Danones reported plans include a new Plant-based Acceleration Unit to leverage expertise, further growth opportunities across Danone and expand beyond North America. The company appointed Shane Grant (previously president of Coca-Cola Co North Americas still-beverages) as the new head for its biggest business, North America Essential Dairy and Plant Based, stating it is moving into a new plant-based chapter.

The company is also reaching out to frontline workers during the pandemic. Two of its brands Oikos (Greek yogurt) and So Delicious have teamed up with plant-based company Jamba, formerly known as Jamba Juice, to provide free smoothies to nurses, doctors, teachers, mail carriers, grocery workers and more, amid the COVID-19 pandemic during National Nurses Week 2020 (May 6-13), when customers purchase a smoothie or bowl. See website for details.

Luisa Robinson, Marketing Director of Strategic Growth Channels for Danone North America stated: Danone North America is on a mission to bring health through food to as many people as possible. Were proud to partner with Jamba on this initiative and recognize those that are going above and beyond to serve their communities during this time. Oikos and So Delicious are the brands behind some of Jambas favourite menu offerings, and we join Jamba in thanking our local heroes with something that brings energy and joy to their day.

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The Truth About Vegan Cheese: And Tips To Find The Best – Plant Based News

Which vegan cheese should you opt for?

Morrisons has just launched a range of vegan cheeses, including smoked, mature and jalapeno. These cheeses are fantastic, but can cause so many issues with new vegans and I just wanted to explain why and offer some advice.

Firstly, if you are reading this and you are new to veganism, or just curious, then its important not to get your hopes up to find a vegan cheese that will imitate a dairy cheese.

The new cheeses at Morrisons and other major supermarkets are based on coconut oil, which helps the cheese melt, but doesnt mimic the taste of dairy.

Brands like Violife offer a range of vegan cheese options (Photo: InstagramAlternative Stores)

Even as a lover of vegan cheese, in my opinion there is still no block that matches dairy. Dairy cheese contains casein, which is actually addictive and our brains know the difference.

Vegan cheese can match the saltiness, the fattiness and even now the meltiness, but so far we dont have anything that replaces the casein.

My thoughts are that the wizards behind the Beyond Meat burgers and Just Egg will come up with something in a lab that replicates it almost perfectly, but so far in the UK there isnt anything.

Theyve nailed plant-based meats, they are amazing and almost exactly like the real thing, but we are still searching for the holy grail when it comes to vegan cheese.

Lots of brands are making vegan cheese - but have yet to perfectly replicate dairy-based alternatives (Photo: Vitalite)

Everyday I see members of the Vegan Food UK community ask this exact question: "Is there ANY vegan cheese that doesnt taste vile?

The answer to this is yes, but in comparison to dairy, you will be quite disappointed.

My advice and model for success is to go vegan and give up all cheese for a few weeks or even months. Let the body adjust to not consuming casein and then start your dairy-free cheese journey.

First thing to do after your cold turkey (horrible expression) has been well and truly served, is to move onto a mild vegan cheese that melts.

Applewood vegan is a popular option for many plant-based eaters(Photo: Supplied to Plant Based News)

By now you will probably miss having melted cheese on food? The good news is that there are a few to choose from, but the key is to go for something neutral like Violife Original. It melts well and wont offend your taste buds too much.

Once you get used to melted Violife, you can up the ante and move onto something with a bit more flavor and depth, like the Vegan Applewood Smoky Block, which melts even better than Violife.

What about pizza? In my opinion pizza cheese needs to be light without too much flavour. A perfect cheese for this is MozzaRisella: a brown rice milk based mozzarella cheese that melts perfectly on pizza. Its so good that Zizzis, Pizza Express and even Co-op have used it for their pizzas.

Zizzi uses MozzaRisella on its vegan pizzas (Photo:Supplied to Plant Based News)

Something also worth considering from the get-go are nut-based cheeses, which I regard as some of the best cheeses in the world. Use social media to seek them out, but also your local health store should stock a few. These are cheeses to be proud of and are usually made with cashews.

If you have followed my advice and arent satisfied with any cheese that you have tasted so far, then have a go at making your own. You will be amazed with what a bag of cashews and some nutritional yeast can do.

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Global Vitamin D Supplements Market Insights, 2020-2025 – Rising Trend of Veganism Positively Influencing Market Growth – ResearchAndMarkets.com -…

The "Vitamin D Supplements Market - Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2020-2025)" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Global vitamin D supplements market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 7.2% during the forecast period of (2019-2024).

Vitamin D supplements are increasingly recommended to children, especially due to its deficiency majorly found in children, and also because it performs a host of physiological functions.

Both forms of Vitamin (D3 and D2) are commonly found in daily diets. While both the types help in meeting vitamin-D requirements, they differ in a few important ways. Some researches suggest that vitamin D2 is less effective than vitamin D3 at raising vitamin D levels in blood, which has made it popular among consumers in the United States.

Dietary supplements are continuously evolving, in order to cater to the niche population segments (pregnant and breastfeeding women, geriatric, and pediatric nutrition) and due to intensive fortification initiatives undertaken by governments, the world over. The increasing awareness related to vitamin supplements has led to favorable sentiments toward the vitamin supplements market.

Key Market Trends

Growing Acceptance of Dietary Supplements in Healthy Diets

Dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, botanicals, enzymes, fatty acids, and proteins, help promote general health and well-being, by preventing nutritional deficiency diseases. The preferences for dietary supplements is growing tremendously due to the global demographic trend with rising aging population, increasing lifestyle-related diseases, and increasing costs of healthcare.

Increasing sales of sports nutrition on account of growing fitness trends and sports activity, with new product launches is likely to have a significant impact on the industry. Regulatory agencies are paying more attention to the dietary supplement health claims and hence, the industry is becoming more regulated.

North America Holds the Largest Share of the Global Vitamin D Market

Publicized studies in North America have a suggested a link between vitamin-D supplementation in palliation of autoimmune symptoms, a reduced risk of bone fractures and the prevention of certain types of cancers in specific subsets of the American population, scientific evidence supporting a contrarian view is emerging, which has been looked upon, as one of the most lucrative opportunities of the vitamin-D supplements market.

With the rising trend of veganism across every region of the world, the consumers in North America are also seen preferring supplements, tailored with vitamin D2 and not vitamin D3, since, the former does not come from an animal source. For example, In the United States, vitamin D2 is more commonly used in the country, in order to fortify milk. The population of North America is highly affected by the deficiency of vitamin D, causing them rickets. thus, leading to the demand for vitamin D supplements.

Competitive Landscape

The leading participants, including Pfizer, The Nature's Bounty Co, Amway, Pfizer Inc., and GlaxoSmithKline plc., holds the largest share of the market. The established players in the market are focusing on rapid expansion and new product launches, in order to gain a better market share, efficient results, and competitive edge over newer competitors.

Key Topics Covered

1 INTRODUCTION

1.1 Study Deliverables

1.2 Study Assumptions

1.3 Scope of the Study

2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

4 MARKET DYNAMICS

4.1 Market Drivers

4.2 Market Restraints

4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

5 MARKET SEGMENTATION

5.1 By Product Type

5.1.1 Vitamin D2 Supplements

5.1.2 Vitamin D3 Supplements

5.2 By Distribution Channel

5.2.1 Supermarkets/Hypermarkets

5.2.2 Pharmacies/Health Stores

5.2.3 Online Retailing

5.2.4 Other Distribution Channels

5.3 Geography

5.3.1 North America

5.3.2 Europe

5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

5.3.4 South America

5.3.5 Middle East & Africa

6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

6.1 Most Active Companies

6.2 Most Adopted Strategies

6.3 Market Share Analysis

6.4 Company Profiles

6.4.1 Amway

6.4.2 General Nutrition Centers, Inc.

6.4.3 Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd.

6.4.4 Everidis Health Sciences LLC

6.4.5 Sapien Products LLC

6.4.6 Pfizer Inc.

6.4.7 The Nature's Bounty Co.

6.4.8 THQ Nordic AB

7 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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One-fifth of UK consumers reduce meat consumption during outbreak, The Vegan Society reveals – FoodIngredientsFirst

30 Apr 2020 --- A fifth of UK consumers have cut down on their meat consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by The Vegan Society. It also found 15 percent have reduced their dairy/egg intake over the lockdown period. These figures highlight how pressures on supermarkets and consumers are changing buying behavior towards a more ethical, compassionate alternative, says the Vegan Society. Particularly in a time of crisis, peoples purchasing habits can tell you a lot about what the future might hold for the industry, a spokesperson tells FoodIngredientsFirst.

The data shows three main strands behind why people are opting for plant-based alternatives instead of meat or dairy products: these are the fact that their preferred product isn't on the shelves, the desire to improve the rights of animals, the environment or their own health and lastly, the cost of meat and dairy produce, The Vegan Society spokesperson comments.

Its really encouraging to see 20 percent of UK consumers reduce their consumption of meat in favor of plant-based alternatives, they highlight.

Out of those who have reduced their meat or dairy consumption, 41 percent did so due to their preferred product not being available on the supermarket shelves, while 43 percent chose to reduce their meat consumption out of concern for health, environmental or animal rights reasons, data from the study reveals.

The cost of meat products was also noted by respondents, with 15 percent opting for alternatives due to the price of meat in the supermarkets, highlighting how creeping financial pressures are contributing towards a shift to plant-based alternatives.

Click to EnlargePlant milk is also proving to be popular, with 54 percent and 42 percent of those who have tried soya milk and almond milk respectively saying they will make them a regular purchase.Meanwhile, plant milk is also proving to be popular, with 54 percent and 42 percent of those who have tried soya milk and almond milk respectively saying they will make them a regular purchase once the lockdown has been lifted. The most popular being almond milk (42 percent), meat alternatives such as vegan sausages and burgers (38 percent), soya milk (36 percent) and pulses such as lentils and chickpeas (34 percent), says The Vegan Society.

The issue of cost is particularly important, as some corners of the media seem to think that veganism is an unaffordable lifestyle for many. The reality is anything but. Swapping out mince for lentils or chickpeas, for example, or choosing fresh vegetables over meat produce, is actually rather cost-effective and doesn't sacrifice flavor. Consumers are starting to understand this, says the spokesperson.

People have also become more conscious of the damaging impact that animal agriculture has on the planet, as well as how exploitative the practice is towards farmed animals. This is definitely contributing to the shift towards plant-based products, they note.

Interestingly, many of the one in five Brits are fans of the new plant-based alternatives theyve tried and have committed to buying them. Half of those who have also tried vegan meat alternatives such as vegan burgers and sausages have said they will keep on purchasing them.

There is no better time for innovators to explore new plant-based options, continues the spokesperson. The demand for these products is at an all-time high and supermarkets, restaurants and brands are all looking for ways to catch up with the demand and launch new, vegan products. The plant-based boom has only just begun, they remark.

Lots of UK supermarkets are imposing a limit of three per product to limit stockpiling, and this is the case with many products, not just vegan ones. Supermarkets and suppliers are facing an unprecedented situation, we are sure they are doing all they can to keep up with this increased demand for vegan alternatives to meat and dairy, adds the spokesperson.

People are spending more time than they usually would at home, and this has given families more time and space to cook and try out new recipes or being more creative in the kitchen. This might explain why some people have decided to take a leap of faith and try a vegan alternative that they wouldnt usually buy, the spokesperson says.

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The truth about veganism and cycling – Cycling Weekly

In the opening sequence of The Game Changers documentary, presenter James Wilks a former mixed martial arts champion explains that his interest in veganism started when he got injured and began genning up on recovery.

He claims to have spent 1,000 hours researching recovery-boosting nutrition. One thousand hours? Assuming he studied 9am to 5pm without lunch breaks, thats a full six months of solid reading. Anyway, amid these mountains of paperwork, he stumbled upon an article purporting to prove that Roman gladiators (the original professional fighters) ate a mostly plant-based diet.

Wilkss mind is blown. Over the rest of the film, he advances the case, in no uncertain terms, that eating only plant-based foods is better for recovery, health and crucially sporting performance. It was no surprise, then, The Game Changers garnered enormous attention, even among ordinarily hard-headed cyclists.

Full disclosure to kick off: I eat a mostly plant-based diet; Im not a strict vegan, but I avoid meat and dairy products most of the time (largely for ethical reasons). If my position were prone to bias, it would be skewed in favour of The Game Changers its message that veganism boosts sporting performance is good news for me. My job here, though, is to be unswervingly objective in answering this question: will going vegan make you a fitter, faster cyclist?

Adam Hansen cut animal products out of his diet three years ago

Quite early in the film, we meet Dotsie Bausch, the seven-time US national champion and Olympic silver medallist. This is the segment for the cyclists. Bausch tells us that she was in her mid-30s and ready to retire when she switched to a vegan diet, from which point she unexpectedly just kept getting better pointing out that she went from struggling to leg-sled 300lb to pushing 585lb in sets of 60 reps.

She relives the pinnacle of her career: silver in the team pursuit at the London Games, where she stood on the podium aged 39.5 years Im still the oldest person in my event to even go to the Olympic Games.

The film implies the Americans late-career improvements were the result of her switch to a vegan diet. However, it doesnt take much research to discover Bausch took up cycling relatively late, aged 26, as part of her recovery from an eating disorder. In light of which, the fact she was still improving at 35 was perhaps not so much proof of plant power as the natural development of a huge talent that for many years had lain dormant and/or been hampered by improper fuelling. Of course, this is to take nothing away from her remarkable achievements.

I contacted Bausch by email and asked what made her so confident her improvements were the result of diet over and above other factors.

Truly, this was the one thing that I changed, she replied. My coach and my training stayed consistent it was the diet change that gave me this advantage. And, lets be honest, I wasnt getting any younger when my body should have been resisting and slowing me down, I was actually getting fitter, stronger and more resilient.

Bausch is a passionate advocate of veganism, and as a plant-powered athlete has become a professional influencer on the topic (dotsiebauschusa.com). Her anecdotal evidence is compelling but is it supported by hard science?

Read the full article in this weeks Cycling Weekly magazine that includes nutritious recipes from a top cycling chef that can be made with store cupboard items, an honest look at supplements and which ones you need and how the pros used to eat. You can take out a subscription to Cycling Weekly or its available in supermarkets and newsagents.

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What to know before going vegan – The Standard

There are countless delicacies where veggies are the star (Shutterstock)

Are you considering giving up on meat? Well, it is obviously greener on the vegetables side and there are countless delicacies where veggies are the star.

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While going vegan widens your exploration margins, there are a few things you need to think about if you are considering veganism:

Protein power

You have to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet to meet your bodys demands and requirements. Good news is, you can readily find all the vitamins and minerals you need from your vegetarian diet.

To ensure that you get the full complements of proteins, you can consider eating varied sources. You can eat beans, seeds, pulses, nuts and even grains.

Calcium intake

Now that dairy will no longer be an option, you need to figure out how to add calcium to your diet. There are consequential health impacts of low calcium in diets including high risk of osteoporosis - which is higher in vegans.

You can easily incorporate calcium in your diet by thinking about what you are eating. A good place to start would be to get fortified dairy alternative milks instead of the unprocessed nut milks that are not calcium fortified.

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Other common sources of calcium are the green leafy vegetables, such as kales, nuts and dried fruit.Consider variety in your vegan diet (Shutterstock)

Other nutrients

There are nutritional concerns that are associated with having a vegan diet.

Being low in iodine is a common side effect of a vegan diet and it can cause thyroid problems. To curb this, you can consider using iodide salt to cook. Another way would be to throw in sea vegetables to your diet from time to time.

For zinc, you may need to include dried beans in your diet as they are rich in the mineral. For omega 3 fatty acids, you can consider adding some flax seeds, soybean oil or walnuts to your diet.

Iron levels

If you have a history of anemia, you may have to consult your doctor before you start your vegan diet since consuming iron in a complete plant based diet can be a challenge.

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To ensure you have some iron in your diet, you can consider regularly having some fortified cereals, beans, lentils, leafy green vegetables, sesame seeds and dried fruits.

You can add in some vitamin C sources, such as fruit juice, as the vitamin C helps in the absorption of more iron.

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Knowing how to cook only a couple of plant based dishes can be quite restrictive.

In as much as you could be getting satisfied by taking your limited options, they will not be covering your nutritional needs.

A good tip would be to consider looking up some vegan recipes online or getting a vegan cookbook.

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Burger King NZ Faces Calls To Go Vegan As It Falls Into Receivership – Plant Based News

Lack of sales during lockdown has hit Burger King NZ hard (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

Burger King New Zealand has gone into receivership - leaving 2,600 jobs hanging in the balance according to reports.

The chain, like other eateries, has suffered as a result of the coronavirus.

Now vegan charity PETA has written to the outlet, suggesting it 'takes this opportunity to reinvent the chain as a revolutionary, all-vegan business, focused solely on a kinder, more environmentally friendly plant-based menu'.

The chain's staff were told about the financial struggles in a letter from Burger King chief executive Michelle Alexander.

She wrote: "As you know we have applied and received the Government wage subsidy, and this is assisting to pay all staff during the lockdown, however with no sales since lockdown commenced, the Company does not currently have the cash flow to fund trade creditors and rent payments."

PETA cited the chain's Rebel Whopper as proof demand is growing for animal-free food (Photo: Burger King)

Now Emily Rice, PETA Australia's senior outreach and partnerships manager, has reached out to the ailing chain, saying that ditching animal products would be beneficial to the environment and animals, as well as meet growing demand for plant-based food.

"Vegan business is big business, with demand continuing to grow, and the global vegan food market set to reach an estimated $31.4 billion by 2026," she wrote."

She added: "Receivership need not be negative. Not only is a global shift towards veganism necessary if we wish to make meaningful headway when it comes to avoiding environmental catastrophe and future global health crises, while respecting our fellow animals, it's also simply good business."

Burger King has not yet publicly responded to the letter.

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