Jill Ettinger

Tesco Shuts Down 6 Meat Counters Due to ‘Low Customer Demand’

Leading UK supermarket, Tesco announced it will be closing its meat and seafood counter at six of its UK locations due to lack of customer interest, the chain said. Signs posted in the select stores read “Due to low customer demand, the Meat & Fish counters will be closing soon.” The world’s third largest supermarket chain operates more than 3,700 stores in the UK and says the decision is part of an “ongoing trial.” It is still offering meat and seafood as prepackaged options in its refrigerated and frozen sections of those six stores. The announcement comes just weeks...

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NBA Star Kyrie Irving Says a Vegan Diet is Making Him a Stronger Player

What in the wicked heck is going on in Boston? Not only does Patriots QB Tom Brady have a vegan meal track with meal kit company Purple Carrot, but the Bleacher Report is now reporting that Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving is giving the vegan diet a go, too. Last month, Irving told the NBA Countdown broadcast crew that he has “been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that.” “I had to get away from that,” he said. “So my energy is up. My body feels amazing.” “All that”  is the more...

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Vegan Vacations to Be 2018’s Hottest Travel Trend, Says Lonely Planet

Planning a big vacation for 2018? Well, hope you’re hungry, because according to the travel guide website, Lonely Planet, vegan and vegetarian travel is the hot travel trend for the coming year. What does a vegetarian vacation look like? Pretty much any other vacation, with a few exceptions. The main one of course being food. Lots and lots of vegan food. And according to Lonely Planet, you can hit up the world’s favorite travel destinations even as a vegan. Including Paris. Yes, Paris, home to boeuf borgenoin, duck liver pate, and all those butter croissants is also a destination for...

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Bill Gates Urged to Make His 25,000-Acre ‘Smart City’ a Vegan One

It’s no secret that Bill Gates sees a pretty vegan future. He’s invested in a few of the leading plant-based brands: the El Segundo, Calif., based Beyond Meat, and the Northern Calif., based Hampton Creek. He’s also invested in Memphis Meats, another Calif., startup focused on creating cultured “clean” meat that uses animal cells instead of the entire animal to produce meat. It all makes sense that Gates would be so enamored with food tech; it’s ushering in a new wave of food possibilities that not only make food healthier and better for the planet, but also more capable...

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Whole Milk Consumption Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk, Study Finds

Men suffering from prostate cancer should avoid whole milk, says new research out of the University of California, San Francisco. The research, published in the November 6 issue of the journal The Prostate, found that of more than 1,300 men participating in the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Research Endeavor study over the course twelve years, the men who reported drinking whole milk four or more times per week experienced an 80 percent increased risk of recurrence compared with men who drank milk infrequently or not at all. The researchers also noticed a correlation with body mass index (BMI)...

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Jeni’s Launch Vegan Ice Cream for Plant Based Chocoholics

It looks like instead of cookies, Santa will be getting pints and pints of vegan ice cream this year as another conventional ice cream maker says it’s adding vegan options to its offerings. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream is the latest to toss its scoop into the nondairy ice cream tub. Ben & Jerry’s and Halo Top both made headlines earlier this year after announcing nondairy options.  “Are you ready?” Jeni’s asked on its Instagram page last week. “Because Dark Chocolate Truffle is changing the dairy-free, vegan frozen dessert game. It blows every other non-dairy flavor you’ve ever tried out...

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5 Things Donald Trump Needs to Know Before He Eats Shark Fin Soup Again

Far be it from us to tell President Donald Trump what to eat. But the rumors that he recently indulged in shark fin soup while visiting Vietnam made us do a double-take. This food may once have been considered a delicacy amongst royalty. But today, it’s just indulgent cruelty. Here are five reasons President Trump should consider avoiding it in the future.     5 Things Donald Trump Needs to Know Before He Eats Shark Fin Soup Again There are more than 400 species of sharks in the wild. But sadly, more than 100 million sharks are killed for...

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Doctors Are Prescribing Plants to Patients (and They’re Working Better Than Drugs)

Increasing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables is so vital to human health that doctors are now writing prescriptions…for produce. A program in Houston, called Wholesome Wave, is being offered by Memorial Hermann Hospital, and allows more than 300 families in the area to redeem their “prescriptions” at local farmers markets and Target stores. Houston isn’t the first city to use a program like this. Wholesome Wave has seen success in other major metro areas like Los Angeles and Miami. The programs have, so far, been successful. The coupons — about $1 per day per family member —  are particularly targeted...

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Reddi-Wip Launching Vegan Whipped Cream Due to Declining Demand for Dairy

Conagra, parent company to the popular Reddi-Wip brand of canister whipped topping, says it’s working on creating a nondairy option made from almond and coconut milk, to “cater to consumers’ growing interest in non-dairy, plant-based foods,” CNBC reports. The company already sells a nondairy version of its original, but it does contain sodium caseinate, a dairy protein. It’s also loaded with palm oil and high fructose corn syrup, ingredients that may not be present in the forthcoming topping, based on the direction Conagra seems to be heading. The popular whipped topping brand recently made changes to its original dairy-based...

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Nutty Vegan and Veggie Diets Can Slash Heart Disease Risk by up to 42%

Two new studies point to the benefits of a plant-based diet on heart health. The first study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that regular consumption of nuts was associated with a decreased risk of heart disease. Study participants who consumed walnuts one or more times per week were 20 percent less likely to develop heart disease than the control group. For peanut lovers there was good news as well. Just two servings of peanuts per week led to a 14 percent risk decrease. And regular consumption of other nuts like almonds and cashews...

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New Study Shows What Would Happen to America If Everyone Went Vegan

New research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences modeled what a total shift to a vegan diet would do for U.S. food and greenhouse gas production. According to the research, removing all animal food from the supply chain would increase U.S. food production by 23 percent. Currently, the USDA estimates 12.6 percent of the U.S. population is food insecure. The researchers also noted that under a vegan model, the diet shift would decrease agriculture greenhouse gases by 28 percent. “Testing for the outcomes of benefits and adverse effects with livestock removal is complicated by the...

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South Park’s Eric Cartman Goes Vegan In Beyond Meat Parody Episode

Comedy Central’s “South Park” took vegan mainstream last night when everyone’s favorite curmudgeon Eric Cartman went vegan for his girlfriend, Heidi. The episode, “Doubling Down,” was hailed by Forbes writer Dani Di Placido as “the most insightful episode in years,”  for many hilarious reasons, including Cartman’s failed attempt at genuine human (?) connection. He’s guided instead, as always, by his own self-preservation, gluttony, and in this case, mashed potatoes and gravy. “I want to be vegan with you,” he tells a reluctant Heidi over the phone, through his tears. “That’s how much I love you. I’m vegan from now...

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Vegan Breakfast? You Can Finally Have One at Tiffany’s

It should take you exactly four seconds to jump out of your seat and head to New York City this Friday…but of course, “I’ll give you two.” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” fans, the wild ones, anyway, are likely already holding court outside the iconic NYC jeweler for a chance to have real breakfast at Tiffany’s, when the retailer’s first restaurant opens this week. That’s right, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” no longer means you curled up alone (with a cat, of course) on the couch with a vegan Halo Top pint on a Saturday night. You can instead put on that LBD and...

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It’s True – Even France Wants Everyone to Eat Less Cheese

WWF France and the ECO2 Initiative say new research should convince French citizens to decrease their appetite for animal products. If they care about the planet, that is. The study looked at the weekly shopping habits of French families observing a more “flexitarian” style diet – two-thirds vegetable proteins instead of the typical two-thirds or more meat, dairy, and eggs of conventional diets. “Consuming better quality products with less impact on the environment is within everyone’s reach,” Pascal Canfin, Director General of WWF France told FoodNavigator. “It’s good food for the health and for the planet and it does...

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Gastropub Gets Vegan Revamp Making Downtown LA a Legit Veggie Destination

Trendy Downtown Los Angeles is about to get a vegan pub-goers dream: Beelman’s (formerly Beelman’s Pub) is re-opening on November 8th with a 100 percent plant-based menu and revamped bar program. The menu has been overhauled by Chef Caroline Concha, the former longtime chef at Burbank’s Tony’s Darts Away.  “Tony’s Darts Away is where it all started – where I grew and where I learned everything I know about plant-based food. I am thrilled to bring a redefined plant-based pub experience to Downtown LA, creating a casual environment where both the beverage program and plant-based fare can share the...

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Doctors Encourage Rugby Star to Stay on Vegan Diet Amid Cancer Battle

In his recently publicized battle with testicular cancer, London Irish rugby star Darren Dawidiuk says his switch to a vegan diet is helping his recovery and he plans to get back in the game as soon as doctors give him the go ahead. “The doctors have already noticed the benefits of me being on a vegan diet and they are encouraging me to keep it up and continue with my training,” he explained to BBC Sport. That’s right — Dawidiuk, 30, is training during his cancer treatment. The hooker has yet to get on the field with the London...

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Halo Top to Serve Vegan Ice Cream at Its Very First Scoop Shop

For all of you still holding onto summer, the ever-popular low-cal ice cream brand, Halo Top, says it is permanently extending the season with the opening of its first-ever brick and mortar ice cream shop in Los Angeles next week. Break out the flip-flops (but maybe not the bikini?) and get in the queue on November 15th when the shop is set to open. The Halo Top Scoop Shop will be located inside the Westfield Topanga mall’s second floor dining terrace, and will serve several vegan options including made-to-order ice cream sandwiches with high protein vegan cookies. In September,...

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15 Vegan Celebrities Who Are in it for the Long Haul

Eating is complicated no matter who you are. In today’s world we’re inundated with options, and let’s face it, some of them come with some pretty hefty ethical dilemmas. So, we turn to the red carpet for a little glamour and a whole lot of Good On It motivation from these vegan celebs who’ve made meatless a way of life. 15 Vegan Celebrities Who Are in It for the Long Haul 1. Moby The musician, author, restaurateur, and festival producer has been vegan for 30 years, and says animal rights is his life’s work. To that we say, thank...

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Vegan Menus Increase by a Staggering 309% Since Last Year

Protein preferences are changing immensely around the world. Among U.S. shoppers, according to recent data reported by the Foodable Network, they’re drastically different than just a decade ago. While pork is now the preferred protein overall (and beef dropped to the number five spot behind chicken, seafood, and lamb), interest in plant-based protein shows significantly steady growth. “Aside from beef no longer being the most loved protein, top foodie influencers are slowly moving away from animal proteins altogether, showing a 309% increase in mentions of vegan menus since just last year,” Foodable reports. “The healthy halo category of restaurants...

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Tesco Launch Two New Vegan Cheeses Due to Success of ‘Free From’ Range

After launching a comprehensive line of vegan cheese earlier this year, the UK’s Tesco has expanded the flavor selections to its “FreeFrom” label, to include a Spreadable Goats Cheese Alternative and a Rainbow Peppercorn Cheddar Alternative. The line expansion is indicative of the chain’s success in venturing into the nondairy cheese sector, and shows promise for the world’s third largest retailer to expand its vegan offerings elsewhere in the store. Tesco teamed up with Scotland-based Bute Island Foods last spring to launch the private label vegan cheese line. Bute also produces vegan cheeses for Tesco competitor Sainsbury’s. The FreeFrom...

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Is ‘Jane the Virgin’ Star Gina Rodriguez Returning to a Vegan Diet to Balance Her Thyroid?

In a recent interview with Shape Magazine, actress Gina Rodriguez revealed her top secrets for how she manages her hectic schedule while staying fit, healthy, and dealing with her Hashimoto’s disease – a serious thyroid condition that can cause chronic bouts of fatigue and make it more difficult to balance body weight. The Jane the Virgin star apparently gave the vegan diet a try back in 2016 according to her Twitter feed and may be leaning back into it these days to keep up with her skyrocketing career, of which she says all the long hours and strenuous filming schedules...

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Certified Vegan and Vegetarian Food Labels Coming to the EU

Clear and consistent labeling for vegetarian and vegan food in the EU is underway. The European Commission says it has approved the move to develop labeling guidelines and will begin designing the labeling rules in 2019. The decision received praise from the European Vegetarian Union (EVU), which said the label requirements will “improve the positions of all parties involved in the food chain.” EVU has played a crucial role in pushing for label guidelines, working with the trade group FoodDrinkEurope, which represents the region’s leading manufacturers, and recognizes the growing demand in the vegetarian sector: “Taking into account the...

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Domino’s Pizza Hint That Vegan Cheese Will Be Added to Their Menu

Domino’s Australia announced on its Facebook page this morning that customers interested in vegan cheese could sign up to register their support for the option and then be among the first to know if the chain does indeed launch a nondairy cheese option. The comments blew up from vegans and nonvegans: Others weren’t so convinced the chain could even get it right: Domino’s already offer vegan cheese options in Israel, which has a large vegan population. It even earned a certified vegan-friendly rating for customers who want to ensure the ingredients being used are all vegan. The chain hasn’t said...

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Hollywood Bowl Goes Exclusively Veg for the First Time Ever Thanks to Morrissey

On November 10th and 11th, Morrissey fans in Los Angeles are in for double the treat. Those attending the Hollywood Bowl concerts will not only find themselves hypnotized by Morrissey’s unmistakable crooning – they’ll also be dining exclusively on vegetarian fare while they take in the sounds, both old and new (his new album drops November 17th). The Hollywood Bowl is more than just a venue – it’s a full-on Los Angeles experience. From the epic outdoor amphitheater’s sound quality to being surrounded by lush SoCal forest just a stone’s throw from downtown Hollywood, the venue is also known...

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‘Just Try It’: Sir Paul McCartney Urges the World to Go Vegan

Sir Paul McCartney is hero to many – but the former Beatle is often known these days not just as a rock ‘n’ roll icon, but the guy from Liverpool (with great hair) who once said that if slaughterhouses had glass walls we’d all be vegetarian. And if there’s anything that has a chance of having a longer lasting impact on the world than the Beatles, it may just be that message about our diet, something the 75-year-old takes more seriously than ever before. A post shared by Paul McCartney (@paulmccartney) on Aug 26, 2016 at 4:01am PDT  “I...

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Veganism Could End Climate Crisis Within 40 Years, According to The Independent

 “Should we all go vegan to save the environment?” That’s the question posed by Jimmy Pierson, the UK director of ProVeg International, an organization focused on the reduction of global animal consumption. In an op-ed for The Independent for World Vegan Day, Pierson looks ahead 40 years to 2057 and imagines a world most of us would want to live in – one where the threats of the looming climate crises have been eradicated. “We did it,” he writes. “We managed to halt [climate change’s] seemingly unstoppable path to destruction. Best of all, it was done by the people....

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Canada’s Biggest Ever Vegan Cheese Festival Completely Sells Out

We’re calling it — 2017 is the year of vegan cheese. Between Miyoko’s omnipresence, to Domino’s launching vegan cheese pizzas in Israel, there wasn’t much more we thought could melt our hearts. But just on the heels of the announcement that New York City will host the first annual vegan cheesecake festival, we get this news: Montreal is hosting a vegan cheese festival and it’s completely sold out. If there’s one thing vegans and nonvegans can agree on, it’s that cheese is pretty much the best thing on the planet (well, besides vegan Ryan Gosling). But in recent years,...

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Spike Lee’s ‘It’ Girl DeWanda Wise and Husband Alano Miller are Vegan Couple Goals

Starring in the 10-episode Spike Lee directed forthcoming Netflix series based on his first major film, “She’s Gotta Have It,” is the stunning longtime vegan, DeWanda Wise (“Shots Fired”, “Underground”). Wise and her husband, the equally stunning actor Alano Miller, were seated next to LIVEKINDLY at the first all plant-based dinner hosted by the premier farm-to-table dining experience, Outstanding in the Field, held last week at Los Angeles’s Wattle’s Farm, a 173-plot organic community garden in the heart of Hollywood. OITF dinners take place in epic settings — typically farms — with a table that seems to stretch for...

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Leading Cancer Support Site Recommends Vegan Diet

Mesothelioma is an extremely rare type of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos. Just 14,000 people globally will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and it is often misdiagnosed by medical professionals and thus mistreated. The website Mesothelioma.net has helped more than 1,000 patients suffering from the rare cancer since it launched more than 15 years ago. It specifically works with a large population of veterans with mesothelioma. And now, the website is recommending people suffering from the disease may benefit from a shift to a plant-based vegan diet. “One of the most compelling findings from modern...

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The First Ever Vegan Cheesecake Competition Heads to New York City

New Yorkers are about to get a visit from the cheesecake gods. Vegan cheesecake, that is. On November 6th, The first ever vegan cheesecake completion, the Great Cheesecake Throwdown, will take place at St. Mark’s V Spot Organic, from 7-9 p.m. Vegan cheesecakes from throughout the tristate area will be on site for the tasting, including offerings from Tere Fox of Rockin’ Raw, Katerina Justova of Culiraw, Chef Rootsie of Veggie Grub, Nancy Grenier of VegNature, and many more. “There is something magical about cheesecake. Almost everyone loves it, but we vegans just hate the cruelty behind the cheese,”...

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Veggie Grill Just Launched a Loaded Vegan Thanksgiving Family Feast

Fast casual restaurant chain Veggie Grill, best known for its burgers, salads, and those delish bowls, says it’s making it easier than ever to go plant-based this Thanksgiving with the launch of its first complete pre-cooked VG Thanksgiving Feast. The limited-edition holiday menu comes stacked with enough food to feed 4-5 hungry adults (or just one, no judgements). And the menu does not disappoint: it features a tofu and seitan based holiday roast that’s completely stuffed with cranberries and wild rice, sure to satisfy any traditionalist. It’s paired with all the sides you’re used to: cornbread stuffing, green bean...

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‘No Meat for You’ at This New Seinfeld-Inspired Vegan Cafe

You don’t have to be a Costanza to find “serenity now,” Seinfeld fans. Giddyup and get yourselves to Glasgow for the November opening of Serenity Now, the Seinfeld-inspired and totally vegan café. What’s the deal with that, you ask? For fans of the show, which ran from 1989-1998, you’ll of course remember the famous episode where George’s father, Frank Costanza (Jerry Stiller), relies on the “serenity now” mantra to try and manage his anger issues. Perhaps it’s a nod to the frustration vegans can feel when trying to find one single thing to eat on a menu (a big...

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UK Supermarket Teams Up With Vegan Butcher to Meet Demand for Plant-Based Meat

The UK’s Waitrose supermarket chain says plant-based foods are in such high demand that it’s increasing its store space for vegetarian and vegan options by 35 percent. The expansion includes a partnership with The Vegetarian Butcher, a Dutch company that makes meat products out of plants. “There’s little doubt that plant protein will play an increasingly important part in a healthy balanced diet in the future,” Chloe Graves, vegetarian buyer at Waitrose told European Supermarket Magazine. “By working with The Vegetarian Butcher we can offer our shoppers a first-to-market high quality replacement protein that is more akin to the...

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Speech Will Make You Cry (and Go Plant-Based)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gave the city all the feels this week when he addressed the news that 15 schools in Brooklyn were adopting the Meatless Monday campaign. Praising Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams for his example and commitment to a plant-based diet, de Blasio said that “Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger for generations to come.” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams spoke to his personal transformation on a plant-based diet. “I am living proof of the power of a plant-based diet to transform one’s health,”...

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This Vegan Baby Food Company is Out to Change the Way Kids Eat

What in the world are you supposed to feed your baby? Of course, the easy answer is breast milk. It’s best for baby – not only is it the perfect food, but it helps to populate a healthy microbiome, promotes mother-child bonding, boosts baby’s IQ, and provides comfort to babies navigating this new world. Most doctors now recommend breastfeeding for at least one year, but many moms will go even longer. But here’s the thing: no matter how long you breastfeed, babies need to start eating solid food at around six months. Some eat as early as four months...

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Lewis Hamilton Credits Vegan Diet For His Latest U.S Grand Prix Win

Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton says his secret to winning three major F1 titles, and being on the brink of the fourth, is his switch to a plant-based vegan diet. “I feel the best I’ve ever felt physically and mentally,” Hamilton, 32, told City A.M., after recently winning the U.S. Grand Prix, putting him in position to become the fifth driver to win four Formula One titles. “All year I’ve felt very strong mentally but I think physically I’m now taking also a big step and that’s really the decision I made to change my diet,” the Mercedes...

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New Study Finds America’s Meat Addiction Strongly Linked With Rising Obesity Epidemic

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the nation’s obesity epidemic is spiraling out of control. According to the data, nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population is obese, making an astounding 70 percent of the country now either clinically overweight or obese, which puts those with an ideal or normal body mass index in the minority for the first time. And, according to other research published earlier this year, those with healthy body weights are more likely to be vegetarian or vegan, as plant-based diets are linked with maintained lower body mass...

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Vegan Takeout Orders Reach an All-Time High, Says GrubHub

Vegan takeout orders increased 19 percent so far in 2017, says GrubHub, the nation’s leading takeout service platform. The data show that interest in plant-based and vegan foods are at an all-time high. The Meatless Monday campaign in particular, which encourages people to go meat-free on Mondays for their health and for the planet, is indeed a success, with plant-based proteins showing a strong five percent lead in sales on Mondays over other days of the week. Somewhat surprisingly, the trendy jackfruit is seeing tremendous growth – sales of the fruit that cooks up like pulled pork are up 33...

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Introducing The World’s Best Vegan Nut Sacks for Homemade Plant Milk

If you’ve never made nut milk from scratch at home, you’re missing out on two things: First, the deliciousness of a homemade nondairy milk is not to be understated. It’s just off the charts yummy and you can tweak it to your freaky flavor preferences as much as you want. That is, unless, the second point derails your effort —  the insanely messy complications of what-the-heck-is-a-mesh-nut-milk-bag-and-how-does-it-work-anyway. The struggle is real. Or at least, it used to be. Meet Goodnuss, a startup company now raising funds for the first mess-free, mesh-free reusable nut milk bag. Cue the heavens opening up....

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This Vegan Coconut Yogurt is About to Be Available Everywhere (and Super Cheap!)

While the nondairy milk sector is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds faster than conventional milk sales, which have been on the steady decline in recent decades, there’s another category in your supermarket cooler section to keep an eye on: nondairy yogurt. Just a few years back finding vegan yogurt took some effort, but not these days. Today, most supermarkets and health food stores carry a variety – from soy to almond, cashew, and coconut. But there’s still a lot of room for growth to take nondairy yogurt to the next level. And one brand, COYO (which stands...

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Nude Alicia Silverstone Appears in Portland for Vegan Anti Wool Campaign

Actress, author, and activist Alicia Silverstone is turning heads in Oregon this week. The “Clueless” star is featured naked on a giant PETA billboard in Portland in an effort to bring awareness to the egregious practices of the commercial wool industry. The star and billboard say she’d rather go naked than wear wool. “It’s just so fast, the shearing process,” Silverstone said about the wool industry in a recent interview with PETA. “[The sheep are] cut. They’re harmed. They get very seriously wounded, and there’s no care for them when they’re wounded. It’s just, ‘Move on to the next.’”...

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Is Ryan Gosling Secretly a Vegan Animal Rights Activist?

Who’s sexier than Ryan Gosling? Trick question? No, really. How about vegan Ryan Gosling? According to animal rights organization Mercy for Animals (MFA), The Gos is a hard-working animal rights activist even when he’s busy filming blockbuster movie hits. And although he hasn’t come out and publicly said he’s vegan, all Notebooks point to whatever the polite Canadian way of saying ‘HELL YES’ is  — especially when you consider how on the down-low he and partner Eva Mendes keep their relationship and family business. But the smart folks at MFA put it all together – and when you look...

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Plant-Based Comfort Food Brand Launches 14 Vegan Meals Including Bacon Mac n Cheese

Chicago-based Upton’s Naturals has been busy redefining plant-based comfort food for the last decade. And the self-funded team is showing no sign of slowing down as demonstrated by the company’s launch of 14 new vegan meat alternatives and meal solutions this year. “We’re taking meat alternatives that have been around for thousands of years and updating them for today’s consumer and the mainstream palate,” says co-founder Dan Staackmann, pointing toward the tremendous growth in the $5 billion plant-based food category. Staackmann is referring to foods like seitan—the wheat-based protein found in a number of Upton’s products with a long history...

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Cadbury’s Descendant Just Launched a Vegan Avocado Chocolate Bar

Can’t seem to get enough avocado or chocolate in your life? Then the UK-based chocolate company Love Cocoa may be your dream come true. The chocolatier has recently launched a vegan chocolate bar featuring avocado. Love Cocoa is the brainchild of James Cadbury – yes, that Cadbury family (he’s the great-great-great grandson of Cadbury’s founder) – and he says his chocolate-centered upbringing had an impact. “Growing up a Cadbury, I’ve always loved chocolate and experimenting in the kitchen,” Cadbury told the Independent. And he’s certainly experimenting in a healthy direction. Vegan chocolate retains more of cacao’s naturally-occurring nutrients, and avocado...

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Itsu Sushi Increases Vegan Menu Options as Vegetarian Sales More Than Double

Is tofu the new tuna? If UK-based Japanese sushi chain Itsu is any indicator, it just might be. The chain says that since 2015 sales of plant-based dishes — not just vegan sushi — have more than doubled in its 70 locations, now making up 20 percent of its overall sales. And it’s responding in kind with a new menu heavy on the plant-based options.  “Itsu is synonymous with sushi but we wanted to remind our customers about how much variety there is in our range. We’ve seen a lot of increase in our vegetarian sales, for example, our...

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Heart Disease Epidemic in Young People is Linked to Meat Consumption, New Research Finds

Risk factors for developing cardiovascular disease in young people ages 18-45 have increased significantly in the last two decades, despite a decline among older populations during the same time period, says a new study published in the journal Nature Reviews Cardiology. These younger generations have consistently engaged in less physical activity, and have higher rates of substance abuse than previous generations. But one of the leading causes is the prevalence of chronically poor dietary habits that contribute to the early onset of type-2 diabetes and obesity, two leading factors for heart disease. “The authors found strong links between unhealthful...

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Former Google Director Joins Fight for Vegan Meat by Moving to Impossible Foods

Impossible Foods is continuing its disruption of the animal agriculture industry by adding a former Google HR Director, Marcella Butler, to its team. Butler, recently led the HR department for Opower, now part of Oracle, and ran Google’s HR department from 2007 to 2012. In her new role, Butler will serve as Chief People Officer for Impossible Foods. She’ll report directly to company founder and CEO Patrick O. Brown and work to recruit and retain employees at the fast-growing Silicon Valley darling that’s received funding from the likes of Bill Gates and Richard Branson to further develop its plant-based...

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International Vegan Food Festival Sets Attendance Record

Vegan website and event producer Ecorazzi is reporting that its third season of the Vegan Food & Drink Festival brought in more than 35,000 attendees at three events this year. The season kicked off with a bang at Chicago’s Grant Park in June. “The hot summer day welcomed thirst quenching drinks, our first oversees vendor, and a push-up contest that proved once and for all that vegans get enough protein,” Eva Lampert wrote on Ecorazzi. “Guests also got the first crack at our epic VEGAN sign, scales of justice, and other art installations around the park. The windy city may...

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Leo Di Caprio’s Vegan Snack Brand HIPPEAS Receives Huge $10M Investment

Need proof that the plant-based diet is here to stay? Crunch on this: beans are the hottest snack trend. Yes, beans. HIPPEAS, the certified organic plant-based brand of extruded puffed chickpeas first drew attention when Academy-award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio invested in the business, and now, the company has announced a $10 million round of funding from CAVU Venture Partners. Brett Thomas, CAVU’s co-founder, will also join the HIPPEAS board. The company only launched last year but already has 100,000 points of sale in the U.S. and UK, reports FoodNavigator-USA, “from Starbucks, Whole Foods, Wegmans, Kroger, Albertsons and Safeway, to...

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Are These Vegan Foods the Key to Preventing Diabetes?

Plant-based foods rich in omega-6 fatty acids, like soybeans, walnuts, and avocados, may help to prevent the risk of developing type-2 diabetes, finds new research published in the recent issue of the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology Journal. The researchers looked at data from 20 international studies in ten countries. The studies were conducted on the dietary habits of nearly 40,000 people where new cases of diabetes were reported in about ten percent of the study population. The researchers controlled for factors like family history and looked at the presence of two key omega-6 markers: linoleic acid and arachidonic acid....

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An Apple a Day… for Your Feet? Meet the Vegan Shoes Made From Apple Leather

Veerah, the leading luxury vegan shoe brand has just launched a new line of heels that bring new meaning to walking the plant-based talk. These vegan shoes are made from apple peels. Talk about eliminating food waste. According to the company, a mission-driven business founded for women to make a positive impact in impeccable style, the heels are a byproduct of apple juice that comes from a sustainable orchard in Italy. “The production process involves scientists taking dry apple peels and extracting fibers to construct apple leather, a sustainable textile,” the company said in a statement.  “The apple leather...

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Vegan Celeb Jaden Smith Teams With Impossible Foods to Launch Burger Trio

Umami Burger upped its already cool status to ‘impossibly’ cool earlier this year when it announced a partnership with Impossible Foods, the cool, innovative Bay Area startup which makes meat-like burgers entirely from plants. Now, both are getting another tick in the impossibly awesome category as actor and musician (and son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith), Jaden Smith, 19, has joined in the fun with the launch of the limited-edition “Jaden’s Impossible Trio” – sliders featuring Impossible burgers in three distinct styles: the original Impossible (a traditional American burger style); Korean BBQ, which features gochujang glaze, caramelized kimchi,...

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Vegetarian University to Host Conference on Plant-Based Nutrition

For three days next February, southern California’s Loma Linda University’s School of Public Health will host more than 700 scientists, physicians, and nutritionists at the 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, an internationally recognized event that highlights scientific advances in plant-based nutrition. “We’re pleased to be hosting The 7th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, which will provide a forum for a review of all the best research, concepts and applications of vegetarian dietary practices for preventing diseases and promoting health,”Joan Sabaté, MD, DrPH, director of the Center for Nutrition, Lifestyle and Disease Prevention and chair of the event, said...

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‘Ghosted’ Star Craig Robinson Credits 50lb Weight Loss to Vegan Diet

Craig Robinson has seen a ghost. But it’s not the ones he’s investigating on his new hit FOX series, Ghosted. Instead, it was a flickering of what would happen if he continued on with his unhealthy diet and lifestyle. But the Office, Hot Tub Time Machine, and Pineapple Express star says a vegan diet changed all of that. Now fifty pounds slimmer, Robinson, 45, recently told talk show host Harry Connick Jr. that he turned a new leaf last January, giving up alcohol as well. The bloating and unhealthy animal-based foods had left him feeling sluggish and in need...

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Hollywood Bowl Celebrates the Inspiring Vegetarian Who ‘Changed the Way We Think’

Even the stars were starstruck at the site of Dr. Jane Goodall, who spent a good 40 minutes on the red carpet last night at the sold-out Hollywood Bowl premiere of JANE, the Brett Morgen directed National Geographic documentary on the legendary researcher, vegetarian, and environmentalist, now aged 83. Dr. Goodall took to the press line much like her furry friends took to her more than 50 years ago in the Tanzanian forest – cautiously and curiously, but with an undeniable purpose. She worked slowly, greeting all in her path, even stopping for a photo opp with a young...

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Forager Project Launches Droolworthy Vegan Chips Made from Food Waste

Bay-area-based Forager Project is no ordinary food and beverage company. What started with cold-pressed juice in 2013 out of a belief that organic, plant-based, dairy-free products could be delicious, made from clean ingredients, and better for people and the planet, has turned into a nascent vegan empire replete with cashew milk, yogurt, probiotic smoothies, shakes, and it’s chipped, made with upcycled juice pulp. The company takes the pulp from its fresh-pressed juices – essentially eliminating food waste from its juice production — and turns them into delicious corn and gluten-free chips that taste just like traditional tortilla-based chips. It’s...

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83-Year-Old Vegetarian Environmentalist, Jane Goodall, Walks Hollywood’s Red Carpet

Jane Goodall’s story is the stuff of legends. The now 83-year-old primatologist-turned-icon known for her efforts to conserve primate habitats and help acclimate humans to the consciousness of animals is the subject of a highly anticipated new documentary, simply titled, JANE. The film, directed by Oscar®– and Emmy®-nominated director Brett Morgen, is not the first to look at Goodall’s work in Tanzania, but it may be the most revelatory, pulling from more than 100 hours of never-before-seen 16 mm footage, much of which has sat in the National Geographic archives for fifty years. Some of the footage is sourced...

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