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How to Switch to a Vegan Diet Without Losing Weight

The days of the vegan stereotype as a weak, pale, hippy are long gone. Nowadays veganism is mostly associated with vitality, glowing skin and healthy looking body. Weight loss can be one of the many benefits when first transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, yet for some, this is not a desirable side effect. People, who have a genetic predisposition to losing weight quickly, or those who have worked hard building up muscle mass and may be worried that they are not able to maintain it on a vegan diet. So here are a few tips on how to go...

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Should Vegans Eat Foods That ‘May Contain’ Animal Products?

For those with special dietary requirements, scanning the ingredients list on the back of packaging is a regular occurrence. If that list includes milk or eggs, it seems obvious that a vegan would have to return that product to the shelf; however, what is the procedure when the label lists a non-vegan item under the ‘may contain’ portion of the ingredients? When a foodstuff is labeled with ‘may contain’ it’s because there is a chance of cross-contamination by a substance not declared as an ingredient, for example, Oreos ‘may contain milk’ and some pasta ‘may contain eggs.’ Cross-contamination typically...

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5 Fascinating Ways Technology Has Helped to Save Animals

When we think about animal welfare, the industries that typically come to mind as the greatest culprits are food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and fashion. Thankfully, due to technological developments, animal exploitation has become less frequent throughout history and has even disappeared altogether from some industries. Here are five examples: 5 Fascinating Ways Technology Has Helped to Save Animals 1. Transportation In these days of electric and self-driving vehicles, it’s easy to forget that the first internal combustion engine was only created in 1876, and the personal vehicle only became a reality with the first Ford Model T in 1908. Before...

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A Guide to Eating Just Like Miley Cyrus!

Miley’s been vegan for a few years now, and her bright personality combined with her positive activism has motivated thousands. She’s continually advocating for animal rights and has certainly reaped the health benefits along the way. So, what does this celebrity eat on a daily basis? It’s no secret to say that Miley loves to eat, just like all vegans. However, Miley enjoys these eight plant-based ingredients in the majority of her meals. Bell Peppers These colorful veggies are low in calories and help to prevent against various types of cancer. Peppers are also extremely high in vitamin C...

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5 Vegan Kickstarter Campaigns Taking Sustainability to the Next Level

Most of us know about today’s problems and challenges when it comes to our daily food, the waste of plastic, and the fast fashion world. By being aware of those problems, there are always moments in which we feel bewildered, maybe helpless, facing all of these challenges as individuals. But the world is changing and so is the market for positive, sustainable, and game changing projects. The good thing: making an impact is no longer just a question of a big budget and profit-oriented investors. Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform, which gives individuals and start-ups the opportunity to present...

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From Hannah Montana to Animal Rights Activist: Miley Cyrus’ Vegan Story

PETA calls her “the Veganest Vegan to Ever Vegan”. While they might be slightly exaggerating, Miley Cyrus has definitely come a long way since her country, Hannah Montana days. After the death of her dog in 2014, Cyrus dropped animal products and committed to a vegan lifestyle. Like many others, Cyrus recognized how precious life is and how, when you stop and pay attention, every animal just wants to live. She’d reveal her newfound veganism to the world through a Paper magazine interview in 2015. Two years later, Cyrus is still hard at work for animals (and marginalized people...

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New Vegan Café with Dog-Friendly Treats Opening in Scotland

A new vegan café is set to hit Glasgow soon! The exciting, new café will open its doors for the first time in October this year. You will be able to find them at 380 Great Western, conveniently located near Kelvinbridge subway. Serenity Now Café will make a variety of foods in store, whilst also offering coffees, smoothies and juices. The food on the menu here will be an assortment of vegan brunches, lunches and baked goods. The café won’t only just cater for humans, they intend on providing treats for your dogs too! All the vegan dog treats...

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What’s Hiding Inside Your Winter Coat? The Lowdown on Down

The crisp weather and soon-to-be winter months are right around the corner. So you might be thinking about shopping for the just-right jacket, or even comforter. You’re probably wanting something soft, fluffy, and better yet, extra warm. But there’s a few things to consider while shopping for your next personal item. It all starts with what’s inside and how that product came to be. What Makes These Products So Comfy? Tons of clothing and bedding contain down feathers, which are the soft, fluffy feathers that lie closest to a bird’s skin. In America, these birds are usually geese, but...

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Pain Relieving Vegan Weed Popsicles Launch in the US

Pop Craft, in the United States, have partnered with BluDog Products to bring three flavours of cannabidiol oil (CBD) infused ice lollies. CBD is component in marijuana which is non-psychoactive. These newly created ice lollies will be made with 25 milligrams of CBD. And, the three flavours, which will be available from Pop Craft’s website, this winter are: Tangerine, Mixed Berry and Mexican Chocolate ‘Wall’. Some added bonuses to these popsicles is that they are plant based, organic, coconut milk based and gluten free. BluDog are known for their alternative over the counter therapeutic product which are said to promote...

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Could Switching from Beef to Beans End Our Environmental Worries?

Ecoanxiety: you may have never heard of it, but you’ve probably felt it. In 2011, the American Psychological Association described this emerging condition as “the dread and helplessness that come with ‘watching the slow and seemingly irrevocable impacts of climate change unfold, and worrying about the future for oneself, children, and later generations.” Not a pleasant sensation. Luckily, there are ways in which you can ease the pain of ecoanxiety and one of them is by changing what you eat. Simple moves like taking animal protein out of your diet and replacing it with plant-based protein could have a...

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Why Veganism in Schools Is The Next Big Thing

Move over Meatless Monday’s, schools around the world are embracing a meat free diet, and taking all the students with them! While veganism and India are no strangers, The German International School in Chennai made news earlier this year when they announced they were going fully vegan. They also won a ‘Compassionate School Award’ from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in January of this year. It proved especially successful in improving student health, as the admissions manager Sandhya Mohan stated, many of the children who were overweight lost weight through the plant based diet at school...

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Paleo vs Vegan: Which Diet is Best for Humans?

For as long as ‘diets’ have been around, we have always been concerned with the foods we put into our bodies – what’s healthy, how much should we be eating, and where are we getting our food? Even with these concerns, people are debating between a plant-based diet and a paleo-diet. So how are these diets different, and which one will best support your overall health? Paleo vs Vegan: Which Diet is Best for Humans? Vegan Diet A vegan diet focuses on the consumption of real plants: vegetables, fruits, grains, seed and nuts, and healthy fats. In other words,...

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Is Dr. Stork’s New Book Secretly Vegan?

Dr. Travis Stork’s new book ‘The Lose Your Belly Diet: Change Your Gut, Change Your Life‘ promotes plant based protein and fiber as the best way to ensure gut health and to lose weight. Dr. Stork rose to fame after appearing on ‘The Bachelor’ and now on the Emmy Award winning show ‘The Doctors’. He is a New York Times bestselling author and his latest book recommends the following: Instead of meat, use beans and lentils for increased fiber Eat high fiber fruits and vegetables like raspberries, blackberries, green peas, artichokes Pick a high-fiber cereal for the breakfast Try...

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James Cameron Releasing New Vegan Film With ‘The Cove’ Director

James Cameron has teamed up Louie Psihoyos, Director of The Cove, and James Wilks, a MMA and UFC champion, to create a new vegan documentary, The Game Changers. Travelling the globe on a mission to dispel the myths that you cannot be a top preforming athlete or build muscle as a vegan, the film introduces some of the world’s top athletes, special ops soldiers, scientists and cultural icons. They are all creating a shift in the way we approach food and lifestyle showing the many benefits of plant based living. Psihoyos was a pescetarian until around 30 years ago...

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BBC Reports That Doctors Are Unaware That Diabetes Can Be Reversed With A Vegan Diet

As reported by the BBC a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has added to previous studies showing that type 2 diabetes can be reversed if patients lose around 15kg and maintain the weight loss. Type 2 diabetes affects around 5-10% of the U.K. population and costs the NHS around £22m every day. As the study found it is generally perceived as incurable and progressive even though many studies have shown that lifestyle and diet are key to preventing and reversing the condition. As Professor Mike Lean, from Glasgow University’s School of Medicine, said: “They are not...

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Protein Packed No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake Tarts

These easy no-bake vegan cheesecake tarts are a perfect, and, much healthier alternative to traditional cheesecakes. Chock full of protein and topped with apples, pecans & cinnamon, you definitely won’t feel guilty going in for a second helping. Protein Packed No-Bake Vegan Cheesecake Tarts INGREDIENTS For the crust -1/4c almonds -1/4c pecans -1/2c vegan protein powder (vanilla flavour – try Genuine Health ) -1tsp vanilla -3 chopped Medjool dates -3 tbsp maple syrup -2 tbsp almond butter For the vanilla icing -1/2c soaked raw cashews -3 tbsp water -1tbsp lemon juice -3tbsp maple syrup -1tsp vanilla -1/3c coconut oil...

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World’s Largest Consumer of Pork Invests $300 Million In Lab Meat

China and Israel have just signed a $300 million trade agreement which will allow Chinese firms to partner with Israeli tech companies producing laboratory made meat. China is a heavily industrialised, factory-dense country which is serious about reducing it’s carbon emissions. Last week the Chinese government announced plans to reduce the number of fossil fuel cars sold, and they already have a campaign to encourage people to eat less meat and dairy, and this latest deal is just another step to improve the health of it’s 1.3 billion citizens whilst cutting greenhouse gases. As Reuters reported the new deal “allows...

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Top Cookery School Launches 100% Vegan Cooking Course

Top cookery school, Leiths, has launched it’s first ever 100% vegan cooking course. ‘Leiths School Of Food And Wine‘, one of the U.K.’s top cookery schools, launched ‘The Essential Vegan‘ a one day class which starts in October and has already sold out. Leiths was founded by The Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith in 1975. The school won the Food and Travel Magazine Readers Award in 2014 and has been voted 1 of the top 10 cookery schools in the UK by The Guardian, Independent, Country Life and Trip Advisor. The class teaches a range of cooking techniques...

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5 Amazing Vegan Fashion Labels You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Type ‘vegan fashion’ or ‘vegan clothing’ into an online search, and you will typically come across two things: a handful of longstanding vegan brands such as Matt & Nat, Vaute Couture and Olsenhaus; and big non-vegan brands such as American Apparel, J Crew and H&M that offer some vegan products. Unfortunately, many people are still unaware of the hundreds of smaller fashion labels that have emerged in the past few years that see vegan not as an afterthought – but as their main social responsibility. Below is a selection of five outstanding 100% vegan labels that you may not...

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Bodybuilder Star Shares His Secrets To Building Muscle on a Vegan Diet

Successful vegan bodybuilder and social media star, Jon Venus, shares his simple daily diet to stay fit and healthy whilst building muscle. Jon promotes a vegan diet on his You Tube channel with wife Katherine Moen, a nutritionist who helps with meal planning to ensure all the necessary vitamins, nutrients and protein are packed in. Jon consumes his calories from legumes, carbohydrates and of course lots of fruit and vegetables. As Jon says ‘carbs are really king’, he advocates a whole foods diet and avoids heavily processed foods or refined carbohydrates such as white pasta or bread. Jon has...

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Soy: A Healthy Source of Protein or A Harmful Dose of Hormones?

Soy is a very controversial topic and always has been. Most people either stand on one end of the spectrum or the other, and finding trustworthy information about this plant has been a struggle for many who are simply trying to improve their overall health. Is soy really that terrible for your health or are there specific forms that can truly benefit your life? Soy: A Healthy Source of Protein or A Harmful Dose of Hormones? Concerns The effects of soy have been studied since the early 1990s, yet new information is continually being found. Several studies in the...

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How Not To Die: Centenarians Across the Globe

There’s a way to make it to the ripe age of 100, or even longer – hundreds of people across the globe have been around since as early as WWI! From Hojancha, Costa Rica, Okinawa, Japan to Loma Linda, California, centenarians have been living simple lifestyles that have supported their longevity. The commonalities are consistent and quite simple to implement into our busy, on-the-go lifestyles. How Not To Die: Centenarians Across the Globe Healthy Eating Habits According to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: 9 Lessons For Living Longer, “The secret to eating right for the long run is emulating...

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New Studies Show Plant Based Diet Reduces Risk Of Cancer & Heart Disease

Two separate studies have shown the increasing benefits of plant based foods for combating two of the biggest global killers, heart disease and cancer. The first study published by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund reviewed 99 scientific studies from around the world comprising more than 29 million people. They reviewed diet, weight and lifestyle and the impact it has on colorectal (bowel) cancer and found that eating wholegrains and dietary fibre reduces the risk of colorectal cancer whereas consuming red meat and/or processed meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is...

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Children’s Hospital Ditches Cancer Causing Hot Dogs From Menu Thanks To PCRM Initiative

A children’s hospital in Arkansas has removed cancer causing hot dogs from it’s menu recognising the serious health risks associated with eating them.  Earlier this year, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) wrote to the CEO of Arkansas Children’s Hospital and also embarked on an advertising campaign urging the hospital to protect patients from #HazardousHotDogs. As the PCRM campaign highlighted hot dogs are the number 1 choking hazard for children, they are directly linked to higher rates of colon cancer and have been designated by the WHO as “carcinogenic to humans“. PCRM have been advising medical professionals and...

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Australian Truth Riders Gear Up For A New Kind Of Activism

We recently caught up with Joey Carbstrong at the Truth Riders launch event in Melbourne. Truth Riders is a form of activism that seeks to raise awareness through billboards which are pulled around the city by bicycles. As the boards can be cycled by anyone, yes, even you can pull it behind your bike, Truth Riders hope to reach hundreds of people everyday with their vegan message. The current message is one that provokes thought and raises awareness in a very subtle way. Animal rights activism comes in many forms from peaceful marches, supporting relevant petitions, joining animal protection...

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IKEA Swedish Meatballs Inspired Vegan Veggie Balls

These Swedish meatballs inspired veggie balls aren’t just vegan and super easy to cook but absolutely delicious. And you can get all ingredients in your local supermarket. I love going to IKEA and when I still ate meat I would always go for their meatballs. Now they have a vegan version which is great but I wanted to make my own! They are really easy to create and you can get all the ingredients in your local supermarket. The taste is slightly meaty and very rich in flavour. Perfectly filling. Then I combined it with a very nice cashew...

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Richard Dawkins On The Ethics Of Eating Meat And Animal Suffering

Richard Dawkins has talked extensively about animal ethics and his latest video, produced by Big Think, further cements his view around our morality where he asserts that our non human, animal cousins may be “capable of feeling more intense pain than we are.” Richard has previously talked about our society as being speciesist, in that we humans generally feel as through we are ‘ultra special’ and that has allowed us to have dominion over our non human ‘cousins’. As Dawkins says, if our ancestors hadn’t gone extinct perhaps our direct link to chimpanzees would be more present and we would treat all...

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Nutritional Yeast and The MSG Myth

Nutritional yeast, and MSG, have got some bad press recently. The product that is loved by vegans, vegetarians and chefs for it’s umami or savoury flavour is mostly used to replace cheese giving dishes an elevated, well seasoned taste. Nutritional yeast, or nooch as it’s often called, is a strain of yeast that has been deactivated. It’s grown on a sugar carrier, like sugar cane or molasses, before being harvested, heated, dried and crumbled into powder or flakes. So is it really bad for you? Nutritional Yeast vs. Cheese Nutritional yeast is most commonly used to replace cheese. Cheese...

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Kickstart Your Vegan Keto Diet With These Four Fundamental Tips

The ketogenic (keto) diet is a high fat, low carb way of eating which was first used medically in the 1920s and 1930s to treat epilepsy. These days it’s prescribed by doctors to manage diabetes symptoms, and can have many health benefits including weight loss, reduced hunger cravings, increased endurance performance and more. Traditionally a keto diet is filled with classic high fat, low carb foods such as bacon, eggs, cheese and lots of other things vegans don’t want to hear about! Have no fear though, because the vegan keto diet is not only do-able, but delicious, with the...

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10 High Street Chains In The UK You Didn’t Know Had Vegan Burgers!

Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word ‘Burger’ as: 1:  hamburger 2:  a sandwich similar to a hamburger tofu burgers —often used in combination But when it comes to food, who really cares about semantics? All we’re really concerned about is where we can get our hands on this nothing-short-from-perfect meal from the Protein Gods. Give us a flavoursome patty caked between two firm but fluffy bread buns any day and we’ll be smitten! (at least for the next 3-4 hours). Whilst beef burgers are easy to come by in almost any UK restaurant, you may be surprised to know that vegan friendly options...

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Soy! Does it Really Give Men Boobs?

Regardless of what you wish to call them – ‘man-boobs’, ‘moobs’ or ‘mannaries’ – enlarged male breasts can be a genuine and serious cause for concern amongst some members of the male population, both young and old alike. One of the main concerns of soy is that it causes this problem. But does soy actually hold the potential to give men larger breasts?  What’s the science behind such a suggestion? The root of the concern lies within the contents of soy itself, primarily phytoestrogens which act as a mimic of the estrogen found in females, which triggers the development of...

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London’s Vegan Shipping Container Giving British Celebrities The Munchies

In a modest 3x2 metre shipping container in East London’s aptly named Boxpark, Chef King Cook serves up some of the best dressed bowls of veggies a Shoreditchian could ask for. The restaurant, which opened in 2015, is part of a collection of mini retailers and restaurants “stacked up on top of each other like Lego”. Understated it may be however, this little metal box is getting a lot of attention. Shoreditch, being a cultural trip in itself, is certainly no stranger to ‘unusual’ cuisines, but Cook is on a mission to normalize one – Vegan food. With little...

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Biggest Schools In America To Feed Thousands With New Vegan Menu

The second largest public school in the U.S. and the largest in the state of California is trialling a vegan menu within 7 of it’s schools. Running from September 5th to November 18th the 7 pilot schools, including Roosevelt and North Hollywood High Schools, will provide a vegan food option and soy milk to its students. Students can choose from a ‘Range Free’ Burger, Veggie Chilli with tortilla chips, Bean Tamale, Hungry Planet Italian Sausage Sub, Teriyaki Veggie Sandwich. The Los Angeles Unified School District has over 650,000 students in over 1000 schools throughout California. Their Food Services division...

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Study Shows Vegans Have Lower Cholesterol Potentially Saving $3 Billion on Medical Bills

A systematic review of nearly 50 observational studies and clinical trials has revealed that plant based diets are associated with lower cholesterol. Published in Nutrition Review the study found that those eating plant based vegan diets had decreased total cholesterol, with lower levels of HDL and LDL cholesterol. The authors, Dr. Yoko Yokoyama M.P.H, Susan Levin M.S., R.D., and Dr. Neal Barnard F.A.C.C, reviewed 49 studies across the globe focusing on the long term effects of a plant based diet. “The immediate health benefits of a plant-based diet, like weight loss, lower blood pressure, and improved cholesterol, are well documented in controlled studies,”...

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The Connections Between Yoga, Karma and Veganism

Most of us have tried a yoga class before and probably enjoyed it. They can be very relaxing and some provide a challenging workout too. But what we don’t think about as we’re trying to get our heels to the floor in downward facing dog is what does yoga actually tell us about our actions, behaviour and diet. In the West we focus on the asana part of yoga, the bit that makes us sweat. And we’ve even come up with some novel ways of enticing more and more people to try asana, with trends like goat yoga, beer...

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University Gets “Alternative Meat Lab” Inspiring Students to Create Vegan Businesses

The University of California, (UC Berkeley) is introducing a new Alternative Meats Lab “alt.meat lab” as a way to help students find opportunities in the rapidly growing plant based food market. The lab will be fully equipped with the latest technology enabling the students to create plant based meats. Led by the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (SCET), the lab will provide a space for students who wish to pioneer their own businesses and find opportunities in areas such as data science, Blockchain and fintech. Meat alternatives are already showing mass market appeal and have been estimated to reach a...

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Ex-Dairy Farm Launches Delicious New Variety of Vegan Milks!

New York’s Elmhurst Dairy first made headlines back in 2016 after a dramatic change in business saw the end of cow milk production in favour of creating plant based beverages. This courageous move followed 92 years of dairy manufacturing, and was driven by CEO Henry Schwartz. “After 92 years in business, it was time to embrace a new model and look toward the future,” said Schwartz, aged 82. In this impressive turn of events, what’s even more exciting is that as of today, their new products are already available to purchase. The company have launched their beautifully packaged range of...

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4 Tips for Parents Who Wish To Teach Their Children About Veganism

Many parents will resonate with teaching children the values of kindness and compassion to all living creatures with the hope they will grow into kind and compassionate adults. Children naturally love animals and everywhere you look they are being encouraged to do so – animal books and cartoon characters, soft toys, pets etc. Yet, at the same time, they are served animals as food. My intention as a vegan writer is to help children to grow up in a world where this type of hypocrisy doesn’t exist and in doing so I have published a variety of books to...

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Celebrating 50 Years of Trader Joe’s With Their Top 5 Vegan Picks!

Trader Joe’s is celebrating it’s fiftieth birthday this weekend. To celebrate they are hosting a range of parties, giveaways, tastings and a limited edition 50c tote bag is on offer too. The celebrations run on August 19th and August 20th so drop in to your nearest store to see whats on offer. Originaly establised in 1958 as Pronto Markets, the founder changed the name to Trader Joe’s in 1967. The first TJ store was opended in Pasadena on August 25th and they now have 467 stores in 41 states. TJ employees first started wearing their signature Hawaiin shirts in...

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Target Ends Deal With Troubled Vegan Manufacturer Hampton Creek

Hampton Creek is making the headlines again as Target ends their deal, reportedly worth $5.5m every year, after just two months. Target claim that they received “specific and serious food safety allegations about Hampton Creek products.” Over 20 products, including Just Mayo eggless mayonnaise, were initially pulled from their shelves back in June and the matter was reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Targets concerns were around the possible presence of pathogens at a manufacturing facility where Hampton Creek’s products are made and another around the labelling of their products. The FDA has confirmed that they have “no safety...

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Gender Pay Gap Controversy And the Vegan Café In The Middle Of It

The gender pay gap is global, it’s divisive and it’s getting a lot of news time, particularly in Australia. Recently ABC, one of Australia’s biggest national public television networks, released a satirical video of Women leaving work at 3.43pm. The time at which the average woman ‘stops’ getting paid due to the gender pay gap. The video has been met with mixed responses, most finding the short video hilarious, others not so much. The other big story regarding the pay gap to hit headlines is the optional surcharge implemented by the recently opened vegan café, ‘Handsome Her‘. The small Melbourne...

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Gap Proves Sustainable Fashion Is Possible At Global Scale

Gap has long been known for it’s proactive approach to sustainability, committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all it’s worldwide facilities by 50% before 2020. Through this and its Gap for Good campaign they are demonstrating that big fashion can be ethical and sustainable. The initiative, launched in 2016, has focused on the two largest components of manufacturing denim: cotton and water. Gap was established in 1969 by Donald and Doris Fisher who had trouble finding good jeans that fit. Today denim is still a huge part of Gap’s iconic look; comfortable jeans and simple Tees. Cotton gives their 1969 denim...

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Inspiring Vegan Athlete Reveals Why She Stands Against Animal Agriculture

Self proclaimed eco-athlete, Donica Shouse is a professional paddle boarder from Hawaii who identifies as someone ‘willing to push for what’s right but do it with peace and love’. Like more and more athletes nowadays, Shouse’s performance is fuelled solely by plants, however this lifestyle choice wasn’t just prompted by the diet’s health benefits. Donica rides exclusively with environmentally conscious companies in addition to running her own, in partnership with husband, Abraham. “I don’t support Animal Agriculture” she says, realizing that the industry is a major factor in the planet’s water usage; “that alone cuts my water consumption footprint in...

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5 Ultimate Joe Rogan Vegan-Myths…… De-Mystified!

Whether you’re a fan of Joe Rogan or not, most will agree that as with many hot topics, he approaches veganism in an interesting way. A self proclaimed ketogenic diet fan, he recognises the ‘benefits’ limiting carbohydrates and consuming plenty of healthy fats. As he claims on his podcast he eats a lot of salad with nuts, seeds and avocado, plenty of vegetables and he avoids refined carbs like white bread and pasta. The only difference is Joe, like those on the keto diet, advocates the consumption of meat. Joe, however, is no stranger to veganism. He’s invited many vegan...

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5 Utterly Selfish (But Awesome) Reasons to Adopt a Vegan Diet

We all know that there are many reasons to go vegan – whether you’re an environmentalist concerned about the future of our planet, health conscious or an advocate for the welfare of humans and non human animals alike, the positive impacts of adopting this lifestyle seem to be never-ending. But what if… you genuinely don’t give a hoot? Well, to be clear, not all vegans are happy-healthy-animal-lovers, and many are not aware of their environmental impact (yes, vegans still drive cars and no doubt there are a few guilty of not separating recyclables – tut). So if you fall...

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What Makes Healthy Vegan Men SO Irresistible?

We all know that a lot of chemistry goes on when we meet someone special, but who knew a big part of this attraction was based on what that person eats. New research has found that men who eat more fruit and vegetables actually smell better to straight women. This small, yet interesting study, found that men who consumed more fruit and veg were significantly associated with a more pleasant smelling body odour whereas men who ate lots of refined carbohydrates, like white pasta and bread, had a more pungent less appealing smell. Ian Stephens, author of the study...

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Ne-Yo Speaks Out About Self Love And Going Vegan As a “Meat Lover”

Just last week singer songwriter, Ne-Yo publicly announced his decision to adopt a vegan diet after seeing Netflix documentary “What The Health“.  In his video announcement, Ne-Yo filmed his reaction to the movie as he scoured supermarket shelves for vegan food with his friend, saying “Send in recipes, send in restaurant recommendations. especially in Atlanta, because I ain’t messing with that meat no more.” More recently, the self confessed veggie-phobe opened up about life and “where he’s at” in an interview with the Herald Sun. “I’ve been on this whole ‘Self love’ and ‘There’s nothing wrong with you being you’ kick...

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Fitness Legend Tony Horton Experiments With Veganism and Feels Amazing!

P90X fitness series creator Tony Horton recently made an announcement via Instagram Stories, saying “I’m in the midst of a little vegan experiment. So far so good. I feel amazing!” Horton is renowned for his motivational speeches in addition to his hardcore fitness programmes which include the 22 Minute Hard Corps and 10 Minute Trainer. Initially his experiment into plant based eating was intended to last just two weeks however after seeing the benefits, Tony has extended his trial ‘indefinitely’. As an advocate for health and wellness, Tony has promoted the importance of good nutrition for many years, even publishing...

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Vegan Virtual Reality Film Shortlisted For Biggest Social Impact Award

A new Virtual Reality (VR) film written, directed and produced by Animal Equality has been nominated for an award by the largest UK independent film festival; Raindance. Now in it’s 25th year Raindance has embraced the next level in film by creating it’s Raindance VRX Awards to recognise the range of independent film makers and organisations adopting the VR platform. Only half of the 40 nominations in the VRX category will be played at the Raindance VRX Arcade. This newly established virtual reality strand, open for showings from September 28 – October 1, will feature the Raindance VRX Awards, VRX...

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5 Ways To Gently Introduce Your Family To Veganism

“You’re “vay-gun”? You’ll still eat mom’s famous chicken pot pie though, won’t you?” This may sound familiar. For some, breaking the news to family can be daunting; particularly if they think you’re planning to move to some obscure commune and survive on lentils and “toofoo”. But let’s say you’re past this stage and they’re pretty comfortable with your new lifestyle choice – (no dreadlocks or hemp shirts ’round here!). Now, as a fully fledged vegan, perhaps you want to start introducing your nearest and dearest to the amazing benefits of your new plant-based life. Yes… admittedly, this is the...

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5 Important Key Messages To Remember After Watching “What The Health”

“What the Health,” has generated quite a lot of attention in the media since its release earlier this year and perhaps it’s because this is the very first time these issues have been highlighted at scale. This poignant documentary brings much needed attention to the relationships between diet and public health as well as the industries responsible. In particular, What The Health delves deep into the inner workings of Big Agribusiness and Big Pharma, uncovering their ties with the US government and subsequent influence their deals have on America’s public. Following the film, many people have been inspired to embark on a...

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5 New Delicious Vegan Protein Snacks Bounce Into Stores!

Bounce has launched five new protein snacks which are completely plant based, as part of a their new vegan range. Recognising the continued demand for vegan products they have released two protein balls which they claim are a healthy, nutritious and ethical snack and the other three will be on our shelves soon. Bounce Nutritionist Susie Burrell, who has almost 20 years of experience, says, “The winning combo of pea and brown rice proteins replicates the amino acid chain of whey protein. That means, by skipping the whey, there’s no missing out on essential amino acids that the body doesn’t...

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FOX NEWS Interview Vegan Doctor about Cheese, Diabetes and “What The Health”



Fox News recently hosted top-plant based physician, Dr Neal Barnard for an interview on the health benefits of a vegan diet. Plant based diets are a hot topic for the press at the moment and have been receiving a lot of attention from mainstream media outlets, particularly since the release of Netflix documentary “What The Health” in which Dr Barnard appeared. Dr Barnard said.


”There’s been a lot of attention [given to What the Health], especially from the sports community who have been saying ‘maybe I’ll be faster if I go vegan, maybe I’ll be stronger’,” In the FOX segment, Neal...

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Forget Avocado Toast, You Need To Try NYC’s New Amazing Avocado Pizza!

Let’s face it we all (well nearly all) of us love avocado. And there’s nothing better than avocado on toast. That’s the inspiration behind the new avocado pizza at Kola House, a New York live music venue designed by Lenny Kravitz. The venue hosts private and public concerts throughout the week and showcases it’s food over the weekend, with Saturday Supper Clubs hosted by their chef Jon Feshan, a Michelin starred chef from ABC Kitchen. The pizza gained notoriety after it was featured in an article by Time. The pizza is made from handmade dough topped with layers of sliced avocado,...

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Yet Another Major Medical Journal Backs Plant Based Diets!

Plant based diets have once again been highlighted as key in the prevention of a range of serious health conditions according to a recent issue of the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, which the the Former Head of the American Heart Association, Kim A. Williams, has contributed. This is a another huge step towards plant based diets becoming a more common lifestyle choice amongst the global population. In fact the author states that encouraging patients to adopt a plant based diet whilst also exposing students, trainees and other practitioners should become the foundation of our approach to health care. The journal also states that whilst...

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Shoe Brand Gets Vegan Stamp of Approval for Their Love of Animals!

Ben and Natalie Nothling, founders of ‘Holster’ have become the very first Australian footwear brand to gain The Vegan Society seal of approval. The company, based near Noosa Beach, told a local newspaper, the ‘Sunshine Coast Daily’ that “[their] mission is to help prevent animal cruelty and embrace ethical production processes by producing shoes that do not contain animal products” Holster have been vegan since the company’s conception back in 2001, however have since sought out the vegan certification to reflect their love of animals and desire to raise awareness on the topic of animal treatment and sustainability. “We are...

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Why Vegan Products Grow But “Plant Based” Labels Lead

New global plant based product launches grew 63% from 2011 to 2015, said Kara Nielsen, manager of sales and engagement USA at Innova Market Insights. According to HealthFocus International, in the U.S alone from 2012 to 2016, plant-based product claims grew at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 35.8%, with 220 related product launches in 2016 and 320 in 2015. An interesting article in Fortune looks at why vegan products are on the up but the use of ‘vegan’ on labelling is decreasing. Instead there is increasing demand for plant based products as people become more health conscious, and...

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Global Health Concerns As Antibiotics in Meat Industry Set to Rise Over 120%

The use of antibiotics in poultry and pig farming in Asia is set to increase by more than 120% by 2030, as reported by the Guardian, causing global concerns about it’s effect on antibiotic resistance for humans and animals. The Guardian’s article focused on a recently published financial report by FAIRR (Farm Animal Investment Risk & Return) which details the huge increase in demand for meat in Asia, predicted to grow 19% by 2025 to an estimated 144 million tonnes. The report also highlights many damning aspects of the animal agriculture industry in Asia stating that: “The Asian meat, egg, fish and dairy...

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UK’s Most Vegan-Friendly City To Open Nirvana Themed Cafe


Nevermind scouring the streets for a measly side-menu Sliver – why not just head straight to Glasgow where plant based food options are In Bloom! The UK’s most vegan friendly city is adding to its ever expanding list of sustainable eateries, but this one comes with a twist! Soon you will be able to Come As You Are to the new self proclaimed “cruelty free cafe” on Clarendon Street. “In Bloom” will offer both seated and take out options but whether or not the menu will be serving Pennyroyal Tea is yet to be revealed as information about this...

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Creamy Broccoli and Almond Soup

A personal favourite of time, this soup is easy to make and equally tasty. When I think of soup, broccoli always comes to mind and this broccoli soup is always a hit due to it being the perfect combination of creamy, nutty and nutritious! This soup is sure to earn a place in your comfort food recipe vault. It’s a classic on those days when you’re feeling a bit sniffly – its warmth is soothing for sore throats and the broccoli packs it with vitamin C to help you feel better sooner! Broccoli and Almond Soup Serves 6 |...

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Independent Calls For UK To Go Vegan And ‘End The Meat & Dairy Industry’

Leading U.K newspaper, The Independent, has featured an opinion piece calling for the UK to end the meat and dairy industry altogether. In response to the recent announcement that all slaughterhouses in England will have CCTV the paper supports this move but questions why we want to kill animals at all.  In possibly the boldest article to be published in mainstream UK press, the vegan journalist rightly raises questions surrounding the meat and dairy industry. The article also includes shocking footage of animal cruelty in an abattoir in Yorkshire and separate footage of the current Prime Minister, Theresa May,...

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Revitalize Your Skin With LOVEBUD’s Natural Skincare Range

LOVEBUD is a natural skincare range that uses hemp seed oil as the main active ingredient. Their goal is to make you so happy with your skin, that you can smile and know you mean it. Using natural anti-ageing ingredients LOVEBUD offer a full range of skincare products, from hand creams, body lotion, moisturisers to lip balm. Hemp seed oil has quickly gained recognition as the superfood of skincare because it is high in Vitamins A, C and E as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Fatty acids promote hydration by reinforcing your skin’s healthy barrier function, which prevents water...

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Roasted Red Beet Vegan Burgers with Creamy Harissa Mayo

Burgers! My all time favourite food on the go, and a quick fix to having an all-in-one meal. Is it possible to have a healthy burger though? Hint: 100%, yes! And nope, it doesn’t have to be made from beans. Roasted Red Beet Vegan Burgers with Creamy Harissa Mayo   INGREDIENTS 2 1/2 cups of red beets diced 1 cup of cashews soaked for 2 hours 1 cup cooked brown rice 1 leek sliced thin – white parts only 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 clove garlic, minced 2 1/2 tablespoons of chickpea flour 1/4 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon...

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Meet The “Vegan Mafia”: Investors Making Your Vegan Business Dreams Come True

Spaghetti and meatballs? Fuggedaboudit ! Owner of bio-tech accelerator and “Vegan Mafia Boss”, Ryan Bethencourt, is head honcho of a powerful group of investors set out to encourage people away from their dependence on animal products. The nickname “Vegan Mafia” pays a subtle homage to Silicon Valley’s “PayPal Mafia”, in which investors such as Elon Musk, started in the ‘90s. What makes this Cost Nostra unique though, is that this group is made up of vegans venture capitalists mostly focused on investing in sustainable tech startups. Their network includes: – Kyle Vogt, CEO of Cruise- Self driving car tech acquired by General...

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Hampton Creek’s CEO Talks Future Business With 10 Global Meat Giants

As reported today by Global Meat News, Silicon Valley’s food tech startup, Hampton Creek has been revealed to be in talks with some of the world’s largest meat firms. Hampton Creek’s CEO, Josh Tetrick is apparently toying with the idea of licensing their lab-meat technology to at least one of the 10 meat companies he is in discussion with, with the aim to ‘bring industrialized production efficiency to lab-grown meat’. If a deal goes through, the plan is to allow the meat firm(s) to utilize Hampton Creek’s technology, meaning that they will be granted the ability to cultivate their...

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Animal Welfare Information Concealed by U.S. Department

Back in February the USDA, United States Department of Agriculture, deleted it’s public database of inspection records from zoos, circuses, and animal experimentation and research labs. What followed was public outcry, scrutiny by Congress and a lawsuit. It’s been 6 months since that happened and still the database has not been re-installed nor it’s disappearance explained. The USDA is responsible for upholding and enforcing the Animal Welfare Act and the Horse Protection Act, which federally protect the standards of care and treatment of animals. The database acted as a valuable source of accurate information used by journalists, investigators, animal welfare groups and the...

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Yaas! Flying Goose Sriracha Mayo Now Available At Aldi. And Yes, It’s Vegan!

Here at Live, we’re all about reporting breaking news and discussing hot topics. Whilst we’re not entirely sure you’ll agree this fits into either category, it’s news to us and by it’s very nature, it’s pretty darn hot. For the most part, hot sauce is vegan (always check the – ?), but mayonnaise is a little trickier to come by. Sure, you can go to grab something from H&B or scope out some weird own-brand goop that spreads like PVA glue. You could even go as far as whipping up your own batch out of chickpea juice (aquafaba or...

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Dr Neal Barnard Accused of Cherry Picking Studies in Netflix’s “What The Health”

Dr Neal Barnard, the president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC recently spoke out against a backlash of criticism following his appearance in Netflix documentary “What The Health”. The documentary, directed by Kip Andersen who also starred in and directed ’Cowspiracy’ details the corruption of the food industry in the US and the impact it is having on public health. The film highlights the prevalence of meat and dairy in the Standard American Diet (SAD) and warns of the risks this type of lifestyle poses to human health. Dr Barnard was one among a number...

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HUGE! CCTV Will Be Compulsory and Unrestricted In British Slaughterhouses

The British government appears to want to tighten up on poor animal welfare across the country and have insisted that CCTV installation in slaughterhouses will be non-negotiable by 2018. With plans to better-monitor animal welfare standards, the new rules will allow the FSA (Food Standards Agency) to view the footage upon request. Recording equipment will be set up with the ability to keep tabs on the treatment of livestock and reveal to the FSA whether the abattoir is meeting welfare laws and codes of practice. These rules cover everything from how the animals are fed, their general living conditions,...

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Orange Is The New Black’s ‘Taystee’ is Trying Veganism and Loving It!

Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson, played by Danielle Brooks, is a main character in US comedy-prison series Orange Is the New Black. Well known for her friendship with equally outspoken character, Poussey, Taystee is dominant in pushing for fair treatment and equal rights regardless of race, among fellow female prisoners. Outside of OITNB, the real-life Brooks is also involved in equal rights activism, attending such events as this year’s Women’s March and generally being an active role model for women, the LGBT community and particularly women of colour. Today is no different and it appears that not only is Danielle a...

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Delicious New Squeezy Vegan Greek Yogurts to Hit The Stores

Who doesn’t want to eat yogurt on the go? If you said ‘me’, dear friends, you are missing out! Vegan artisans, Kite Hill have announced that they are soon to release a new range of dairy free yogurts this September and we’re ready to be wowed. The almond milk-based brand have created drinkable, squeezable, Greek-style vegan yogurts and if it’s anything like their cheeses in terms of quality, we won’t be disappointed. Kite Hill are known for their high end vegan food range which include soft cheeses such as ‘fresh truffle, dill and chive’, a vegan ricotta and a number...

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Sweet Potatoes Tackling Famine In Africa

Over a million farmers in Africa are now growing sweet potatoes thanks to Maria Isabel Andrade. As a leading agronomist Ms. Andrade has developed bio fortified sweet potatoes to help combat famine and malnutrition in Afirca. Born in Cape Verde in sub-Saharan Africa, Maria’s childhood dream was to grow food and make hunger disappear from her town and she has made that a reality. Along with Robert Mwanga, Jan Low, and Howarth Bouis, she won the World Food Prize in 2016, for her contribution in developing orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, which were bio-fortified with Vitamin A, that has helped address...

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McDonald’s Pushed Out Of Medical Centre In Favour Of Plant Based Food

A medical centre in Georgia, U.S.A, has attracted media attention after it received a request from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM). Navicent Health is a designated Level I Trauma Center, with an onsite medical facility and children’s hospital. The PCRM has written to the local health department, in Macon Bibb, requesting their support in closing the McDonalds in favour of healthy, low fat, plant based vendors at the Navicent Health facility. They have also asked them to post a statement on their website publicly recognising that restaurant chains that provide high-fat, unhealthy food have no place in Macon-Bibb County hospitals.  PCRM is...

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Aussie Dairy Farmers Petition Against Labelling of Plant Based ‘Milks’

Soy, almond, rice, oat, coconut, macadamia, cashew, hazelnut….whatever your tipple, none of us are under any illusion that these plant based milks are from mammals. In fact, there is really no confusion and many have opted for a dairy alternative for health, ethical and environmental reasons or simply personal taste. Australian dairy farmers are the latest to oppose current milk labelling, claiming that plant based alternatives are in fact ‘juices’. Dairy Connect, a lobbying group consisting of national dairy farmers, is leading a petition to tighten the use of the word milk on product labelling. The group has been...

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Big Meat and Dairy Fight Against Removal of Their Products from Dietary Guidelines

In light of recent news revealing that Canada’s new draft food guide has proposed the elimination of both dairy and beef, it’s unsurprising to hear that the meat and dairy sectors are fighting back. Lobbying against the new recommendations which discourage public consumption of milk, beef, butter and cheese, a spokesperson on behalf of the Dairy Farmers of Canada said “It would be a disservice to the Canadian population and frankly, a recipe for disaster in terms of bone health,” . Milk is often touted to help us build strong bones however despite common beliefs, there have been no studies...

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Lush to Launch Subscription Box Service with 100% Vegan Bath Bombs !

Fuelling the Bath Bomb craze in which they created, Lush Cosmetics, the epicentre of natural beauty, has announced that they will be launching their very own subscription box service! SIGN US UP NOW! With the ability to get these treats delivered straight to your door, Lushies will have no chance of curtailing their obsession and we’re pretty sure the majority of the UK will never leave their tubs again (except to greet the postman in a bath robe). Honestly, is there really anything better than dipping yourself into a hot bath tub after a long day at work, with...

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Walmart Enters The Dairy Business Despite Milk Sales Plummeting

Last year Walmart announced intentions to move into the Dairy Business with plans to build a processing plant enabling them to produce their own-brand milk and serve an estimated 600 stores. Unfortunately for the discount superstore, this resulted in a 12% drop in stock for Dean Foods, which has more recently been reported to face an additional 20% decline in stock price. Even amid a declining market, Big Dairy still means big money, however consumer habits are continuing to pose challenges for the industry and animal agribusiness as a whole. The annual refrigerated milk sales peaked at a huge $8...

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Meat The Very Good Butchers – Making Beans Scream Since 2016

The Very Good Butchers are much like your traditional, local butcher shop in some ways. Small, family owned, and run by people who really know their stuff when it comes to making a decent burger. So what makes the Very Good Butchers any different? “Our goal is to make good quality meat alternatives that are as accessible as possible to everyone, whether you are looking to reduce meat consumption for environmental concerns, are already a vegan or vegetarian, or are just looking for a tasty healthier alternative.” – James Davison, VGB Founder. Yes, you read that correctly; this place...

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P.S This New York Vegan Eatery Donates All Profits To Charity

A new vegan eatery has opened in midtown Manhattan. The menu has been designed by Chef Gary Barawidan, who helped open Ravi DeRossi’s Avant Garden and worked at Union Square Cafe and Locanda Verde. Using quality ingredients, all 100% plant based, and classic French techniques the team have created an artisan inspired sophisticated menu. But that’s not all, all the profits will be donated to charity. P.S. Kitchen has a mission: To leverage the power of good food and an open heart to lovingly serve our clients, employees, society and the earth.’ They plan to do this by creating jobs for those...

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Vegan Bodybuilder Latest To Wrestle Protein Myth

Hong Kong bodybuilder Hin Chun Chui is making headlines as one of the few vegan athletes in China. A vegan for over 3 years and the 2016 champion of the Hong Kong Body Building Tournament Youth Group and silver medallist at the 2017 YOT Bodybuilding Open Competition (a men’s sports model category), he is showing the many carnivores in his sport that you don’t need protein from meat to succeed. Training for over 5 hours every day and competing for the Hong Kong Bodybuilding Team, in a city where most opt for carnivorous based diets, Hin is successfully promoting plant...

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“Not for Sharing” Homemade Vegan Glazed Donuts

Donuts! The pizza of the dessert-world! A doughy base with a never ending variety of toppings. Unlike pizza though, donuts are not impossible but certainly not the easiest item to come across veganized. So why not simply make your own? It’s simpler than you may think and gives you the freedom to create one-of-a-kind flavours you’d never find in Krispy Kreme. “Not for Sharing” Homemade Vegan Glazed Donuts Serves 6~ l Prep Time: 30 minutes l Cook & Rest Time: 17~ minutes l Total Time: 47~ minutes   INGREDIENTS 2 cups all purpose flour ¾ cups pure cane sugar...

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5 Ethical Fashion Companies in LA Which Are Stamping Out Modern Day Slavery

LK recently attended the 3rd annual Fair Trade Fashion Show Fundraiser – which although being the most amazing visual feast, was also an unbelievably emotional experience. With its purpose being to benefit the Free The Slaves organization, the event, while furnishing all the glitz and glamour you might expect, also provided the most incredible insight into the harsh realities of the garment industry. Hosting an hour long expert panel on the topic, the connection between fast fashion and its contribution to modern-day slavery was discussed at length. Being an overall $150 billion industry which affects an estimated 21 million people...

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Two Thirds of Brits Surveyed Considered Vegan Diet

A recent survey of 2,363 Britons found that two thirds had considered switching to a vegan or vegetarian diet in the past year. All those in the survey were meat eaters and 26% of them said they’d not switched their diet because of the ‘attitude of certain vegetarians and vegans’. When further questioned the researchers found that the respondents felt vegans/vegetarians were ‘quite aggressive to those eating meat’, ‘they consider their way of eating to be the only way’, and some said they’d been lectured about their diets and why they should make the switch which which put them...

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Canadian Meat Industry Exposed Twice in One Week

A recent university study has shown that 1 in 5 sausages tested in Canada contained meat different from that labelled. In what is turning out to be a disastrous week for the Canadian Meat industry following an article from the Vancouver Sun which exposed dire inspection records in B.C. slaughterhouses. Published this week in Food Control the study, conducted by the University of Guelph, discovered that 20% of sausage samples were either mislabelled or contained cross-species contamination. As reported by CTV News, of the 100 sausages tested: 7 of 27 beef sausages contained pork 1 of 38 pure pork sausages...

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Stella McCartney Launches Vegan Silk

Stella McCartney has announced on Instagram that she plans to eliminate animal products from her line thanks to a new partnership with Silicon Valley biotech company, Bolt Threads, which creates yeast-based vegan silk. The designer will debut a dress made entirely from this vegan silk at the design exhibition “Items: Is Fashion Modern?”, being held at the Museum of Modern Arts in New York this October. Wondering what the dress will look like? The custom knitted one-of-a-kind, gold dress is a modern interpretation of the classic shift dress and is made entirely of protein-based yarn inspired by spider silk.  Bolt Threads...

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World’s First Vegan Football Club Kicks Off New Season

Nothing quite beats the opening day of the season for football fans. The roar of the crowd, the nervous excitement and the hopeful optimism that perhaps this could be your year. With the English Football League having now begun, football fans throughout the UK will be relishing the opportunity that a new season brings. None more so than the small following of Forest Green Rovers. The club secured promotion to the English Football League back in May, making history in the process by ending a 128 year wait. Although this is truly an amazing feat there is far more...

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Kat Von D Launches Vegan Make Up Brushes

Kat Von D has done it again. More amazing, vegan products are on there way. The tattooed scarlet who last year committed to moving her beauty range from cruelty free to totally vegan is well on the way, and we are very happy. KatVonD Beauty already have over 35 products in the #veganalert range, including lipsticks, perfume, foundation, eyeshadow and of course the Tattoo Liner to re-create her signature winged look. Adding to the existing vegan and cruelty free brushes on offer, Kat Von D announced that a new set is on the way. Posting a picture of the...

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Al Gore’s New Movie Inconveniently Ignores The Big Truth About Climate Change

‘An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power’ has completely overlooked one of the biggest contributors to climate change: our diet. The documentary instead focuses on the events surrounding the landmark Paris climate change talks and Gore’s international efforts to address global warming. Aside from a momentary mention that “agriculture is another major cause” of CO2 emissions the film omits any facts or detail about the major contribution our appetite for meat has on carbon emissions. And all this from a vegan? Gore, a vegan since 2012, has admitted in the past that “it’s absolutely correct that the growing meat intensity of...

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Trump’s Multi Billion Dollar Wall To Pose Huge Threat To Endangered Species

Trump’s wall has made progress in the last week, with the House approving a $1.6 billion fund to start the “contiguous and impassable wall” along the Mexican border.  We’re all concerned about the motives behind it, how much it will cost, how it’ll be built, who will pay for it and of course the negative impact on people on both sides of it. The American Society of Mammalogists, the world’s oldest and largest organisation devoted to the study of mammals, is asking us all to consider the ramifications to local wildlife, in particular, over 100 endangered species directly affected...

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Plant Based Meat Set To Reach Massive $5.2 Billion in Sales Within 3 Years

The demand for plant based burgers is skyrocketing thanks to global demand for ‘healthier junk food’! With meatless meat options rapidly increasing in availability, so is the demand for plant based patties; the new go-to for thoughtful burger lovers. Business Insider reports that plant based burgers are “capturing more space on U.S BBQ grills this summer” than ever before and thus fuelling sales. It is expected that by 2020 the product could reach a staggering $5.2 billion in sales. The article from Business Insider also notes that such change in demand is not only drawing in more consumers but also...

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Arsenal’s Trophy Hunter Under Fire From Jeremy Corbyn and Ricky Gervais

American billionaire and Arsenal club owner Stan Kroenke has recently come under fire in the UK after headlines revealed the launch of his new TV channel “My Outdoor TV”. MOTV has been touted as the Netflix of trophy hunting; a pay-for-subscription plan which features a selection of hunting programs to watch online. Following the announcement a petition has been drawn calling for Arsenal’s sponsors to push Stan Kroenke out of the club. The petition has already reached over 66,000 signatures and the pressure for Kroenke to stand down is very much ‘on’. Promoting animal torture for fun shouldn’t be...

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NYC Fashion Store With History Of Selling Dog Fur, Faces Scrutiny Yet Again

Century 21, the retail store established in New York in the 60s, is the latest to be criticised for selling fur garments. The company offers a range of garments containing fur from foxes, rabbits, raccoons and mink. Animal protection agency, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the treatment of animals within the fur trade, urging Century 21 to stop selling fur garments. It’s not the first time Century 21 has come under scrutiny for its use of fur. Four years ago they were found to be selling a Marc...

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Popstar Jaden Smith’s StartUp Files Lawsuit Against Vegan Company

One of the most highly regarded philosophers of our time, Jaden Smith (descent of lyrical linguist William Smith) has recently embarked on his own personal journey into the business world. With the end of last year seeing young Smith invest his pocket money into an eco-friendly bottled water startup ‘Just Water‘, Jaden is proud to partner with a sustainably sourced beverage company which package their drink in biodegradable cardboard. Jaden Smith can ‘definitely taste the difference in different kinds of water”, he tells New York Magazine, describing Just Water as “crisp and natural”. Recently though, Jaden has been facing...

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New Report Shows Human Antibiotic Resistance is Linked to Eating Animals

A new European report has found a positive correlation between human resistance to antibiotics and the consumption of animals with the same resistance. The joint report issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the European Medicines Agency (EMA), and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) suggests that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals eaten by people can compromise the effective treatment of human infections. Antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, are substances used to kill micro-organisms or to stop them from growing and multiplying. They are commonly used in human and veterinary medicine to treat a wide variety of infectious diseases. Antimicrobial...

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Egg Company Fined $1 Million for Falsely Labelling Eggs ‘Free Range’

One of the largest egg producers in Australia, Snowdale Holdings, was fined AUS$1 million for falsely labelling their eggs as free range. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission brought the action against Snowdale Holdings, which supplies two of the leading supermarkets in Australia, Coles and Woolworths. After a court investigation the farms, now closed, were found to be overstocked with only one exit, which was too small, so half of the hens probably never got to go outside. Chickens had to compete with up to 17,000 others to free range outside. According to Humane Society International some of the sheds held...

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McDonald’s Supplier, Tyson Foods Blamed for Largest EVER Ocean Dead Zone

This week the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are set to release new information on the planet’s largest ever ocean dead zone. Located in the Gulf of Mexico, the impacted area is expected to stand at more than 8,200 square miles big; comparable to the size of New Jersey. Tyson Foods has been pinpointed by the report as a major influence in the pollution, due to its large production of animal products. The company supplies major food and retail outlets such as McDonald’s and Walmart which slaughter 35 million chickens and 125,000 cows each week! According to the report...

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Vegan Company, Impossible Foods Secures a Whopping $75 Million In Fresh Funds

Bay Area’s fast emerging plant based startup, Impossible Foods, is set to announce a fresh new $75 million funding by way of a ‘convertible note‘. With current investors including Bill Gates and Singapore-based firm, Temasek, this cutting edge vegan company is firmly securing their spot in the future of food. Availability of the company’s flagship product, the Impossible Burger has been successful at premium burger restaurants such as Umami Burger and Bareburger, however their recent financial injection is to be put toward expansion from gourmet restaurants into fast-food joints such as San Francisco chain ‘Gotts’ (which added the Impossible Burger...

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Court Demands Information on Fatal and Unsanitary Live Animal Exports

The Israeli High Court has ordered the Agriculture Ministry to respond to claims by animal rights organisations that they are granting licenses for the importation of live animals intended for slaughter. Anonymous for Animal Rights, Let Animals Live and other animal rights petitioners want to prohibit the provision of such licenses, claiming that they do not meet Animal Welfare Laws. The animal rights groups, citing Agriculture Ministry data, detailed that in 2016, over 570,000 sheep and cows arrived at Israeli ports from Europe and Australia – nearly double the number for 2015. In the first half of 2017 alone...

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Another Top Athlete Goes Vegan & Inspires Others Thanks to “What The Health”!

Trent Williams is at the top of his game, earning five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances, listed in the NFL’s Top 100 Player’s List for the fifth year and now a vegan. After watching ‘What the Health’ Williams decided to adopt a plant based diet, telling The Washington Post, “I’m bettering my life,” Williams said. “I ain’t [beeping] with that animal product no more.” The documentary gave him a clearer understanding of the link between diet and disease making his choice to switch easier. Williams inspired more team mates to try a plant based diet at a personalised training event...

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Arsenal Boss Launches UK “Netflix” Dedicated To Trophy Hunting Endangered Animals

Stan Kroenke, Arenal’s majority shareholder, has come under fire after launching a new television channel in the UK dedicated to the bloodsport of wild animals such as elephants, lions and other protected species. Dubbed the “Netflix of the hunting world” the television channel  ‘My Outdoor TV’ will include a variety of shows following trophy hunters across the globe, predominantly in Africa. My Outdoor TV has been in the US since 2016. For just a small fee of $9.99 per month, subscribers become voyeurs to “Big-Money” “Big-Game” hunting trips where vulnerable animals such as elephants and lions are killed for souvenirs....

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5 Fundamental Tips For Vegans Living With Non-Vegans

Living with other people is never easy, and anyone who has ever lived in a college dorm, uni halls or a shared flat will know that. Living with other people will get even harder when you and those other people disagree on fundamental issues such as ‘should we, or should we not eat dead animals’. However, until veganism becomes a larger percentage of the world population, we will have to arrange ourselves, so here are five tips for living with non-vegans: 5 Fundamental Tips For Vegans Living With Non-Vegans   1. Decide for yourself how much you are willing...

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Forget Protein, Recent Studies Show Aussies May Need To Up Their Fiber !

Nutrition Australia is calling upon the fresh produce industry to support its national campaign, ‘Try for 5’, aimed at increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables consumed daily by Australians to 5 serves. The campaign will be launched during National Nutrition Week, on the 15-21 October. National Nutrition Week began more than 20 years ago to raise awareness of the role of food on our health, and it continues to support the community to enjoy healthy eating. It coincides with the United Nations’ World Food Day, which takes place on 16 October. The non-government, non-profit, community-based organisation is looking...

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Bali Cleans Up Dog Meat Trade, But Is It Enough?

A month ago we reported on the dire practice of rounding up street dogs in Bali, which are then brutally poisoned, beaten or strangled to death and sold to local street vendors and restaurants. The meat has then been sold to unsuspecting tourists who were under the impression they were eating chicken. We are pleased to announce that over 179,000 people supported Animals Australia’s campaign to end this cruel trade which was killing 70,000 Balinese dogs every year. In light of this, Bali’s Governor has issued a decree, ordering officials to crack down on the dog meat trade, saying...

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Yogurt Brand Dannon Set to Build Mega Dairy with 4,500 Cows in 6 Barns

Dannon, a global provider of yogurt, is proposing to build a mega dairy farm with MVP Dairy. This newly formed partnership between McCarty Family Farms and VanTilburg Farms, named MVP Dairy, will see the construction of a farm which will house 4,500 cows in just 6 barns. The dairy is expected to be operational by early spring of 2018. With 750 cows in each barn this large Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) will be extremely stressful for the animals and will produce a huge amount of waste. It is the waste products and pollutants that have driven one man...

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5 Facts to Explain The Newly Approved ‘Humane Milk is a Myth’ Advert

In light of recent headlines reporting that the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency have sided with ‘abolitionist vegan” Sandra Higgins (campaigner from Go Vegan World), milk-drinkers across the globe have been left with a sour taste in their mouth and a lot of unanswered questions. Why is milk “inhumane”? Is there any truth to this controversial statement or is this simply “vegan propaganda”? Let’s explore! 5 Facts to Explain The Newly Approved ‘Humane Milk is a Myth’ Advert   1. Unmilked Cows Won’t Explode Like all mammals, a mother cow will rely on her offspring to take care of the...

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Vegan Meal Missions To Save US Army Who Are Fatter Than Ever

According to a new article by taskandpurpose.com, “a Department of Defense study revealed that the US Army was the fattest of all the service branches, with 10.5% of soldiers classified as overweight based on body mass index.” Worryingly, within less than a year the problem has only gotten worse. Latest studies indicate that 13% of soldiers are now overweight and considering the level of fitness required to even be accepted into the army, this figure is a huge concern. So, what to do? Troops are already taking part in daily, intensive training regimes so perhaps the problem lies elsewhere? Army officials are...

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What’s “Speciesism” And Why Should You Join The World’s Biggest March Against It?

With less than a month to go now is the time to get up to speed with the World Day for the End of Speciesism or WoDES for short. The End of Speciesism campaign has been running for 3 years and this year’s events are set to be the biggest to date. The WoDES will be held on Saturday 26th August, with marches in Canada, the U.S.A, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. A march? Really? If you’re like me, then the idea of a march feels somewhat alien and conjures up images of hippies, punks and riot police. A...

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Heavenly Brekkie Buddha Bowl

Sugar free, gluten free, cruelty free and delicious! Who doesn’t love a breakfast bowl? Healthy, filling and this one is especially refreshing for those days when it’s oh so hot out. It can easily be made the night before and stored in the fridge, ready to eat in the morning or, if you’re like me, at the office. This bowl consists of simply fruit, dairy free milk and homemade granola, so no excuses for skipping breakfast anymore! I make a big batch of granola at the weekend and keep it in an airtight container. This gets raided for a...

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San Choy Bau “Lettuce Wrap”

Lett-uce, wrap it up! San Choy Bau translates as ‘lettuce wrap’ and is traditionally filled with pork mince. This vegan version replaces the pork with a variety of mushrooms which are healthier, kinder and much tastier! San Choy Bau is mostly served as an entrée in Chinese restaurants but I happily eat four or five filled lettuce cups for a satisfying low-calorie dinner. The mushrooms are the star of the show and it’s completely up to you what variety you want to use, however I’d recommend dried shiitake if you can get your hands on them as the water...

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Vegan Cheese Company Acquired for $405 Million Dollars

Canadian plant-based food manufacturer and distributor Daiya is to be acquired by Japanese Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co. Ltd., based in Japan. In a statement, the companies say the 405 million Canadian dollar acquisition,‘’is expected to help increase Daiya’s presence throughout North America and beyond, while creating a global plant-based platform.” The deal is another strong indicator of the growing plant-based market, valued at 5 billion dollars in the U.S and around $500 million dollars in Canada. Otsuka Pharmaceutical, a global holistic healthcare company dedicated to bettering the health of people worldwide, already...

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Cheaper Insurance for Vegans Thanks to “What The Health”!

Thanks to Netflix’s exposé documentary ‘What The Health‘ in which film maker Kip Anderson unveils the corruption within America’s health and food industries, insurance company HealthIQ have announced that they will be slashing the prices for vegans who want to purchase life insurance coverage. HealthIQ reference a number of health-related statistics on their website, reflecting their reasons behind this marketing  strategy. Quoting studies from the likes of Public Health Nutrition Journal, HealthIQ show that vegans are 63% less likely to suffer from hypertension, which is the number one contributor to cardiac arrest (heart attacks). They also cite the evidence from Critical Reviews...

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Beyond Burger Triples In Distribution, Available in Meat Counters Nationwide

Revolutionary plant-based protein brand, Beyond Meat announced today that their Beyond Burger will soon be stocked across an additional 600 US stores, bringing their total distribution count to 1,300 grocery outlets across America! Their expansion has attracted attention of many, and this latest announcement marks a more than tripled distribution growth for the Beyond Burger within a mere two months. It’s fair to say that with the interest garnered from the likes of US meatpacking giant, Tyson foods and a growing public demand for vegan alternatives, Beyond Meat’s rapid ascend is simply reflective of the market place, indicating that...

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Celeb Ditches Dairy Due to Major Health Concerns – Gives Ice Cream to Sick Kids

Confused? Join the club. Tia Mowry of 90’s duo ‘Sister Sister‘ featured in a number of celebrity news articles earlier this year following her decision to ditch dairy products. The driver for her dietary change included major health factors, such as her debilitating symptoms of endometriosis. Mowry commented on her choice to eliminate dairy and other processed foods, saying to Health.com; “Food is powerful and has a significant impact,” and that “No matter what you put in your mouth—the good, the bad, or the Cheeto—it’s doing something.” Good news, right? Yes! And actually we are happy to report that thanks...

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Fur-Wearing Kylie Jenner Announces She Has Gone Vegan!

Rumour has it that Kylie Jenner has decided to go vegan! According to Harper’s Bazaar, 19 year old Ms Jenner is about to “take a stab at this whole vegan thing” following a Snapchat announcement earlier today. Her snap revealed a lunch of vegan tacos with what appears to be Daiya (or other dairy free) cheese, an orange smoothie and a side of salsa, captioned with “I’m trying this whole vegan thing. Vegan Tacos”. According to the article, Kylie has a healthy appetite for carbohydrates such as pasta and potatoes which could help see her through the transitional stage...

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Glasgow vs Edinburgh – Which One Is Scotland’s New Vegan Capital City?

The UK has seen a substantial rise in conscious eaters within the last decade, with a staggering 360% increase in vegans and an ever growing list of new veg-friendly products entering high street stores. Scotland in particular is experiencing a flurry of new vegan establishments arriving and proudly swinging open their doors to the public. Specifically Edinburgh, which has even made its mark as sitting among the most vegan friendly cities in the UK! In a recent article by iNews, Craig Tannock, the director of new vegan bar “Harmonium” said, “Whilst Edinburgh has been well serviced by vegetarian establishments...

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BREAKING! SeaWorld’s Last Captive Baby Orca Has Died at Just 3 Months Old

At only 3 months old, SeaWorld’s last Orca to be born in captivity has died. “Kyara” was the final killer whale in SeaWorld’s orca-breeding program and had reportedly been suffering from an infection since last weekend. Kyara’s health had since continued to decline despite receiving onsite treatment from veterinarians in their San Antonio park. Following years of pubic pressure, bad press and expose documentaries such as ‘Blackfish”, SeaWorld announced it would be ending its captive breeding program in 2016. Subsequent to the release of Blackfish and the widely publicized death of Tilikum, SeaWorld has seen a decline in popularity and...

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Chester Bennington: A Voice for The People and The Animals

With the devastating loss of Linkin Park’s frontman Chester Bennington earlier this week, thousands of fans and fellow celebrities have taken to social media to express their heartbreak. His music aided many LP followers through dark times of their own, however Chester will not only be remembered for the strength that he gave to his fans, but yet his compassion to all living beings. In a tribute to the late rockstar, we reflect on Chester not only as a talented lyricist but for his many acts of altruism. Through Linkin Park’s “Music for Relief” foundation, Bennington was involved in...

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The UK’s Top 10 Tastiest Vegan Sandwiches

Options! Long gone are the days when vegans didn’t have such a thing. Luckily the demand for plant based foods has been noted by the sandwich sellers of the country, meaning we no longer have to settle for  soggy home made lunches. Whoopie! So where can you find such delectable delights? Dotted across every high street imaginable, it seems. The UK’s Top 10 Tastiest Vegan Sandwiches “SUPER GREENS & REDS” | Pret a Manger “Slices of avocado covered with our tapenade made of roasted red peppers and cherry tomatoes.” Pret adds  add crunchy red pepper, kalamata olives and a...

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Can a Vegetarian Diet Lead To a Higher Risk of Heart Disease or Just More Clickbait?

Bad nutrition. There’s a lot of it out there, on the interwebs! Impossible to decipher, with potentially damaging consequences and with clickbait par for the course in media-land these days you’d be fortunate to avoid it. Perhaps you came across this recent report from the Independent? With the headline declaring “Vegetarian Diets Can Lead To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease,” it appeared the piece was all set to upend the scientifically sound plant-based world – and not for the better. However, this caption, while unsettling in its own right, didn’t hold a candle to the article’s content which was just a...

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Top 5 Plant Based Puddings | Los Angeles

Ok, so right about now, it’s +90 here in L.A. which means it must be time for some ice-cream! Not that you need any kinda toasty weather as an excuse, but as it makes any outing for cake sound a bit more legit….let’s run with it! But, where to, you may ask?! Well, not to worry, “Live” has you guys once again fully covered – and in having unearthed the best of LaLa Land’s most delish vegan desserts, we’re more than happy to point you in the direction of the best plant-based pudding destinations in town. So, here’s our...

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Dairy Industry Slanders Medical Association Due To Fears Over Rise in Veganism

Yesterday an article was published by Dairy Herd Management magazine, an online media publisher for industry related news. The piece is entitled “Los Angeles Schools Pilot Vegan Lunch Program”, and unsurprisingly their musings on this were far from positive. Earlier this year, Los Angeles Unified School District board members unanimously voted to bring vegan options to their lunch menus following a successful campaign from non-profit, preventative medicine committee, PCRM. PCRM or Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine work with many institutions across the US public sector such as schools and hospitals to advocate better health through a whole foods plant...

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International Non Profit Set to Kickstart Vegan Future

Folks…as yet, you may not have heard of Better Eating International, but now that you’re in the know, it’s time to sit up and pay attention. Yup, this fledgling non-profit is just about all set to take the modestly prospering plant-based movement by storm, with its aim to see it bud beyond all recognition! Initiating a Kickstarter campaign back in April, the group, by May 10th, had well exceeded their goal of $97,500. And, with these monies having been successfully secured, and then equally matched by a donor, they have been busy using the funds raised to bring us...

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Sweet and Spicy Mango Salad

Salads can start to become a bit boring after you’ve eaten your weight in them so I thought I’d make a healthy but exciting salad to spice things up a bit. I’ve used spicy ingredients and incorporated a fruity dressing to give this healthy meal option a bit of a kick, well a lot of a kick actually! Spinach is a great leaf to use for a salad like this, it brings great flavour to the mix and is rich in iron. Sweet potatoes bring in the sweet side as does the mango dressing. Sweet and Spicy Mango Salad...

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Interview With “The Mindful Vegan” Author, Lani Muelrath

With her NEW book, “The Mindful Vegan,” now available for pre-order, we sat down with award-winning health educator and best-selling author, Lani Muelrath, to get the scoop on all things plant-based, and of course, her much anticipated upcoming release! Lani, it’s a pleasure to have you here with us at LK, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat! So, lets get to it… …”The Mindful Vegan: A 30-Day Plan For Finding Health, Balance, Peace, and Happiness,” is due to hit the shelves soon (October 10th, everyone!)…it sounds pretty exciting, can you talk a bit about what...

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Show Your Love! 10 of The Best Vegan Condom Brands

Sex is like sauce, it compliments other things but isn’t always good on it’s own. Also, once you squeeze the sauce out of the bottle and cover your fries with it, you can’t just wipe it off the fries and put it back in (the fries will be soggy and stained!); once you take part in sex or sexual activity, you can’t undo what you have done. (You can re-do though!) Get our drift? No matter what your orientation, sex and sexual activities should be a way to display affection and love for another and compliments a healthy consensual...

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Dominos’ Cheesy Tweet Gets Slammed by Vegans

It appears that Domino’s Pizza are a little confused at the moment! With their recent announcement on the new vegan cheeses in their Israeli franchises, their #CowAppreciationDay tweet on Monday suggests that their digital marketing team may have missed the memo. pic.twitter.com/UNfIccdq2C — ImNotYrHomie (@her_liife) July 12, 2017 The “Italian” food chain posted the words “Without cows, there would be no CHEESE PIZZA #CowAppreciationDay #UndeniablyDairy “, leaving their vegan followers somewhat perplexed, however in response to this rather detached statement, vegans of Twitter took to their keyboards leaving the pizzeria inundated with plant-based sass. “Why don’t you show true appreciation for...

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Richard Branson Blogs About Okja and Why He Stopped Eating Beef

Virgin Tycoon Richard Branson, recently took to Twitter to announce that he no longer eats beef, and that it wasn’t as difficult as he thought it would be. Branson’s exact words were “A few years ago I gave up beef. Thought it would be difficult, surprised how little I miss it.” Included in the tweet was a link to a blog post of his, hosted on the Virgin website entitled “Okja and Eye Opening Films”. It is here that Branson notes how there are many delicious dishes and meat alternatives to be enjoyed and that he was keen to make dietary...

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#Winning! Charlie Sheen Goes Vegan!

While the Two and a Half Men actor may have Tiger Blood running through his veins, it seems Charlie Sheen has developed an appetite more akin to a Silverback Gorilla. Sheen has apparently turned over a new leaf, with sources telling America’s TMZ that he has recently adopted a vegan diet. His girlfriend, Julia Stambler, has also ditched the meat in an attempt to together embrace a more healthy, holistic lifestyle. Not only is Charlie committing to eating more consciously, his daily routine now also includes regular exercise including yoga and abstinence from alcohol and hard drugs. TMZ reported...

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New Government Guidelines Set to Completely Eliminate Dairy as a Food Group

The Canadian government has released a new draft of their healthy eating recommendations which not only favours a “high proportion of plant-based foods”, but has completely eliminated Dairy as an essential food group. Perfectly summed up in an article by the Huffington Post, “The milk category is indeed gone in the draft recommendations, and the powerhouse legume has been elevated above animal foods.” – and so it should be! This new dietary recommendation showcases the importance of whole foods, stating that a plant-based diet has the preferred source of protein by way of a “regular intake of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and protein-rich...

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NEW! Vegan Documentary: “The UK’s Answer to Earthlings”

Ok folks…brace yourselves – a new vegan documentary will be doing the rounds pretty soon. Aiming to expose the truth behind animal farming in the U.K., Land Of Hope And Glory is due for release on August 1st.  Promising to showcase the most up-to-date investigations, along with brand new undercover footage, its creators have disclosed the fact that while this documentary won’t be a comfortable watch, they feel its content is necessary viewing for all. Prompted by 2005’s Earthlings, one of the most critical animal cruelty exposés in recent years, the filmmakers, in an effort to dispel the widespread...

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Domino’s Finally Offer Vegan Cheese! But….

It’s in Israel. Props to Israel though, with the highest percentage of vegans per capita (a whopping 5%!) in the world, you guys deserve it! Domino’s originally introduced a vegan option to its Israeli menu 4 years ago, and although the range was a success, the pizza chain struggled to meet demand of better quality dairy free cheese. The company used a panel of taste testers to select their new dairy substitute and the feedback has resulted in Domino’s switching to British produced VBites’ Cheezly. Yum! We can concur. Ido Friedman, vice president of marketing at Domino’s said that “We switched...

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Sweet Potato Pizza Mexicana

Let’s be honest, this thing just sells itself, doesn’t it? Has anyone really ever had to convince a somebody to eat pizza? Granted, ordering one is much easier, however this recipe is just perfect for those times when you want to eat something healthy but not quite enough to subject yourself to a boring salad. Actually, this pizza is SUPER healthy, it’s literally just made out of vegetables, a tiny bit of flour and vegan cheese which you can totally skip. No oil, no salt, no greasy lips, just pure flavour. Dubious about sweet potato working as a base?...

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Let’s Talk Periods: Is Your Choice in Menstrual Products Harming the Environment?

Have you ever considered the environmental impact your choice in sanitary products could be having on our planet? Over 45 billion tampons or sanitary pads are carelessly thrown away globally each year, resulting in a huge 3.2 million kgs of waste! Tampons are typically made from cotton, rayon, polyester, polyethylene, polypropylene, and fiber finishes. Apart from cotton and finer finishes, all of these materials are non-bio-degradable, this means that our sanitary products sit in a landfill releasing nasty chemicals into our environment for up to 500 years. Not only are conventional sanitary products harmful to the environment after use,...

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Miley Cyrus Gets a Tattoo to Show She is Vegan For Life

“Vegan for life!” is the way Miley captioned her Instagram shot of her new ink earlier this week. The Vegan Society‘s sunflower logo accompanies Miley’s collection of  bodily ‘bumperstickers’, sitting discreetly on the underside of her arm. With her new “Vegan Society Approved” stamp located close to tattoos of her dog, “Emu” and her late blowfish “Pablow”, it is clear to see that Miley is a true animal lover. She even spoke publicly about her decision to go vegan for the animals (and her love of pigs) in a television interview with Jimmy Fallon. Miley went vegan in 2014...

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Yasai Yakisoba (Japanese Vegetable Chow-mein)

Yakisoba is a Japanese chow-mein dish that translates to ‘fried buckwheat’ and Yasai translates to ‘vegetables’, resulting in a Japanese vegetable chow-mein! Soba noodles are made using buckwheat which is rich in protein, fibre and also contains B vitamins. Although the word soba means buckwheat, wheat flour noodles are often used in this dish in Japan. I have used soba noodles in this recipe as they have more nutritional values and have a bouncier texture than standard wheat flour noodles. Yakisoba sauce is usually made using Oyster sauce and Worcestershire sauce. In this recipe I have used vegan alternatives...

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Hella Spicy Cauliflower Madras

Let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a good Madras? An all time favourite cuisine of mine is most definitely Indian food, and I’m a sucker for a Friday night take out – usually Saag Aloo (which I’ll add to the list for the recipe section), but this time I wanted to try something spicy… Actually, a spicy Madras was at the request of LK’s web developer (hey Luke!) and I love veganizing peoples’ favourite foods for them to show how totally easy and delicious it can be. Enjoy!   HELLA SPICY CAULIFLOWER MADRAS Serves 5 | Prep Time: 15-20...

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Artichoke and Spinach Pesto Pasta

My ride or die pasta sauce is pesto. I’m not sure what it is about the stuff (or what actually makes a pesto quantify as a pesto…? Please feel free to enlighten me before I make use of Google) but I’ve loved every flavour I’ve tried. Aubergine pesto, sun dried tomato pesto, your bog standard basil pesto…the unfortunate thing is, finding one without cheese or milk in it can be a nightmare! Subsequently, I’ve spent the last couple of years trying to perfect a home made recipe, and I can honestly say, this artichoke and spinach pesto surpasses any...

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The Best Vegan Eats in Cape Town

Cape Town is honestly one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I am so happy that the vegan movement is growing there. With many hidden gems and most restaurants offering vegan options, it certainly can make life easy when eating out with those who prefer meat dishes. The majority of vegan restaurants and offerings can be found in the city/ central business district, where the streets are full of energy and culture. The Best Vegan Eats in Cape Town THE HUNGRY HERBIVORE What started out as a small market stall recently opened its restaurant doors. Their...

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Cherry Chocolate Puddin’

Have you ever heard of ‘aquafaba‘? It’s a little known secret which vegans like to keep up their sleeve for surprising non-vegan friends with fluffy desserts which you would usually only achieve from whisking eggs. Aquafaba is chickpea water! Yup, no more pouring that stuff down the sinkhole! You can use aquafaba to make amazing things like vegan mayonnaise, meringue and chocolate mousse… Cherry Chocolate Puddin’ Serves 4 | Total Time: 15 minutes   INGREDIENTS – 2 ripe avocados – 1 cup fresh pitted cherries – 200g dark (vegan) chocolate – 1/2 can of chickpea water METHOD – Add...

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Kat Von D Finally Reveals Details of Her 100% Vegan Shoe Line!

After months of teasing, Kat Von D has finally revealed snaps of her new vegan shoe line! Kat, in addition to being an outspoken vegan and advocate for animal rights, is a self confessed shoe enthusiast with an entire closet dedicated to footwear. “My new vegan shoe line is coming to life”, she wrote “The first round of prototypes just arrived to my house”   The Illustrated Queen, well known for her love of shockingly high heels, has been hinting that she was in cahoots with Mink Shoes (a luxury vegan brand which specialize in unique, hand made Italian footwear). However,...

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Meat The Future: How Silicon Valley’s Tech Startups Could Change Food Forever

We all know why the consumption of meat is so pervasive. It is the same reason why smoking, drinking and fast food are equally as popular. Despite overtly negative health effects, we continue to binge with a justification of hedonism and an aspect of J.S Mill’s ‘Harm Principle’ in that as long as we indulge not at the expense of others then do as you please. I find this quite reasonable when this really is the case, but when ones indulgence has such a harrowing effect on not only animals, but also the very environment to which we all...

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Kat Von D Shames Cosmetics Brand’s Decision to Test On Animals

NARS Cosmetics has upset many loyal customers with their recent announcement that their company would no longer be labelled cruelty-free. The beauty brand has been a favourable choice among people who choose to avoid products which require animal testing, however their decision to begin selling their makeup and skincare lines in China will put an unfortunate end to their cruelty free status. With an estimated $50 billion spent in China’s beauty industry every year, it would be fair to assume that this was a forceful factor in the company’s decision. Not one to keep quiet about her views on the...

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Meat Eating Family Taste Test Vegan Snacks

Mail. After the age of about 15, it generally isn’t anything you want to be receiving. Phone bills, credit card bills, Jehovah’s Witness pamphlets, eviction notices… urgh! Enough already! Wouldn’t it be great if your mailbox could just be filled with delicious snacks instead? Well, that it can my friends; That. It. Can. In fact, ours already is! A subscription box of tasty treats wings its way to LK HQ on a monthly basis. How, you ask? Well the team at Vegan Tuck Box showcase a selection of yumminess 12 times a year, turning mailboxes around the globe into...

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Shred It! Making Serious Meat-Free Gains with Robert Cheeke

Wanna get ripped this summer? Wanna do it on a whole-food plant-based diet? If the answer to both these questions is a resounding YES!, then it’s time to treat yourself to a copy of Robert Cheeke’s, Shred It! Having just finished it, I already feel like I’ve spent too much time slopping about in my jim-jams with a copy of this curled in one hand, vanilla almond latte in the other. But, people, it’s a bit of a page turner, so what can you do?  Well, if you’re as pumped as me, dust the cobwebs off those old yoga...

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Spicy Chickpea and Cauliflower Tandoori

Cauliflower in a thick, chickpea and sweet potato tandoori sauce.  If you’re looking for protein then you’ve come to the right place, this recipe contains a whopping 23 grams of protein per portion! It’s also got heaps of fibre so don’t eat too much or you won’t be able to leave the bathroom! That being said, I have included asafetida (hing) in the ingredients to help with digesting this toot-inducing dish. I also included it in my Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry recipe, so if you’d like to find out more about this helpful herb then I’d definitely...

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Netflix Original “Vegan” Movie: OKJA

Making its Netflix debut just this week, I was excited to check it out after hearing many weeks of hype since its world premiere on May 19 at the Cannes Film Festival. Viewing it with my perpetually angst-ridden little rescue pup, I think – as we so happen to share the kind of telepathic relationship Mija (played by the brilliant Ahn Seo-hyun) similarly enjoys with her pet superpig Okja – we’d both like to confirm that the fuss is absolutely well-merited. Knowing he definitely appreciated the insane amount of extra cuddles he received throughout the film’s 120 minute heart-wrenching...

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US Medical Association Calls for a Ban on Processed Meat

The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates has called for hospitals to provide plant-based meals and eliminate processed meats from their menus. This is huge victory for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine who have been actively lobbying for healthier options across a range of government funded organizations. “RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association hereby call on US hospitals to improve the health of patients, staff, and visitors by (1) providing a variety of healthful food, including plant-based meals and meals that are low in fat, sodium, and added sugars, (2) eliminating processed meats from menus, and (3) providing...

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A Levy on Lives – Should We Be Taxing Animal Products?

I was on a flight back home from Crete, my stomach was rumbling like never before. I hadn’t eaten for hours and still faced a gruelling flight back. I turned to the air hostess to inquire about the unlikely event of having vegan friendly food on-board and, to my not-so-surprise, nothing. The cereal bars had milk powder in, as did the Pot Noodles, the powdered soups and the crisps (cow’s milk in dried potato snacks?). This wasn’t the first time I had been witness to superfluous dairy substances creeping into what may appear as vegan friendly food, but this...

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Warning to Travellers – You Might Actually Be Eating Dog Meat

Have you ever eaten meat in Bali? These findings may be tough to swallow. A recent investigation has uncovered that meat from dogs is being sold to unsuspecting tourists under the guise of chicken. According to a non-profit animal welfare organization, dogs are being taken from the streets and dumped into crates or sacks with their mouths taped shut and legs bound together. The dogs are then killed by either strangulation, cyanide poisoning or beating; that is if they haven’t already starved to death waiting in hot weather without food or water. Street vendors and “specialty restaurants” have since...

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Watch Out Carnivores! A Parasite Causing An 
Incurable Bacon-Allergy Is Spreading

A tick which makes people allergic to bacon? We’re sure you’re itching to know more! The “Lone Star” tick (Amblyomma americanum) has been biting thousands of meat-munchers and making them pay for their sins. Has this little critter been created by a vegan Dr. Frankenstein? According to this article from Wired, just one small bite from the tick can be enough to ‘reprogram your immune system to forever reject even the smallest nibble of bacon’. Reports of this allergy have so far been found across the US, in Minnesota, Hanover, New Hampshire and Long Island with seemingly no sign of...

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5 Top Notch Vegan Eateries | Los Angeles

The City of Angels is just heaven in terms of its super healthy selection of vegan eateries. Knowing tons of decent dining options abound, this is quite the relief when you’re somewhat familiar with La La Land’s expansive terrain. But, if you’re just trying to pin-down the best of the best on a flying visit, finding the tip-top of green-friendly spots can be fairly challenging. Fear not though, we here at Live have taken the time to check out every meat-free nook and cranny of PETA’s #2 ranked herbivore haven as is humanly possible, and are more than happy...

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Top 12 Luxurious Vegan Leather Brands

Long gone are the days of cheap, rubbery pleather! The demand for “beast-free” fashion is noticeably on the up; from veggie friendly Doc Martens to beautifully crafted wallets and designer handbags – vegans no longer have to compromise their ethics for personal style (and animals can wear their skin as nature intended – win/win!) “So where can I get my hands on some!?”  we hear you cry. Whilst consumer demand is rising, merchants are certainly still playing catch-up and finding high-quality leather can take a little bit of research… so (in the name of living kindly) we’ve done it...

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Is Soy Production and a Vegan Diet More Harmful Than Eating Meat?

People love a failed vegetarian story, don’t they? And perhaps you came across this one – an interview with ex-veggie and Argentinean ecologist, Claudio Bertonatti. Whilst it is wise to agree with some of the points Claudio raises in his work, such as our food choices directly linking with environmental welfare, the concern of species extinction and climate change being detrimental to our land – perhaps we should question his motive when it comes to the solution. Claudio begins by saying: “I thought that by becoming a vegetarian, I’d avoid killing so many animals. But then I changed my mind.” Continuing with, “As...

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Vegan Mezze – Turkish Dolmas and Garlic Flatbread

Rice filled dolmas with a drizzling of lemon juice and olive oil and soft, herbed Turkish flatbreads – perfect vegan mezze dishes you can make at home   Vegan Mezze – Turkish Dolmas and Garlic Flatbread For the Dolmas INGREDIENTS 300 g pickled grape leaves 2 cups of white rice 2 tomatoes 1 medium sized white onion 5 parsley stems 2 heaped tbsps of dried currants 1 lemon 4 tbps of oil Half glass of olive oil Salt to taste METHOD – Finely chop onion and combine half of cooking oil with half of the olive oil and roast...

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Caramelised Cashew Granola Bars

It’s crunch time! If you’re anything like me then you’ll know how it feels to have your tummy rumble hours before lunch because you skipped breakfast, again! I’m one of those people that only eats breakfast at the weekends; when there’s enough time to wake up and ponder the kitchen for breakfast ideas. I’m not exactly a morning person and always find myself choosing an extra few minutes in bed over breakfast before work. Well it’s time to worry no more, hit the snooze button in peace, for these granola bars are the quick morning boost you need to...

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How Plant-Based Patties Are Securing A Meat-Free Future

Recent months have witnessed the explosion of plant-made meats, an exciting change of course which, I believe, will steer many a skeptic in the cruelty-free direction. And with the facts, from a personal, agricultural, and overall environmental standpoint, slowly but surely coming to the fore, it’s the only way to go. Indeed, after taste-testing two of the most hotly talked about commercially available vegan burgers on the block, I can confirm (with raucous enthusiasm!), that both are equally sensational. In fact, they’re so scrumptious, the carnivores I convinced to give them a shot could not believe they were dealing...

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10 Reasons You Shouldn’t Go Vegan

What kind of person would choose a life of ridicule? Endless jokes from family and friends, and an automatic stigma when you eventually drop the v-bomb on your colleagues – Why do people subject themselves to it? In addition to the social inconvenience, there are so many other reasons to not go vegan. Here’s a list of things to put you off: 10 Reasons Not to Go Vegan 1) The food is terrible Probably the top reason; and anyone who loves food is not usually down for eating carrots and rose petals every day. Disclaimer: Veganism isn’t synonymous with...

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Can Vegans and Meat Eaters Have Lasting Relationships?

Veganism is all about peace, tolerance and kindness. To live and let live is the guiding philosophy, but that often becomes difficult when fellow humans seem so indifferent about the vegan cause. It seems easier to surround oneself with like-minded people or avoid eating out with non-vegan friends, but what if the oblivious omnivore is ones significant other? Vegan-omni relationships are very common, and with less than 1% of the world’s population being vegan, it is highly unlikely that all vegans will find vegan partners. However, those relationships are often complicated and laced with discussions about food, environment and...

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Is It Possible To Be an Animal Lover and Eat Meat?

How can people claim to love animals, but eat them? If you’re a passionate animal advocate like myself, I’m sure this is something you’ve asked yourself many times. This apparent disparity is known as ‘cognitive dissonance‘ – having inconsistent thoughts and attitudes, especially relating to decision making, which can lead to discomfort and even irrational behavior. We are human, and want our world to be consistent. In the context of effective animal advocacy, having an understanding of the psychology of animal product consumption is crucial for designing strategies for convincing the public to consume fewer animal products, and cognitive...

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Sweet and Simple Lemon-Berry Vegan “Cheesecake”

Your body is a temple; treat it kindly. This lemon-berry Vegan “cheesecake” is the perfect way to fulfill this mantra. As well as looking and tasting delicious, this dessert is free from dairy, eggs, refined sugars and gluten, and full of nourishing whole foods such as cashews, dates, chia seeds and raspberries. This dessert is sure to make you glow from the inside out! For this recipe, the ingredient measurements are approximate. When making this cheesecake I estimated the amounts, and tweaked them to get the perfect taste and texture. You can have a play around and adjust the...

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5 Best Places For Green Eating in The Emerald City | Seattle

Seattle’s always been a leader on the forward-thinking front (Space Needle, anyone?!), therefore it came as no surprise that the city’s vegan game was right up there with the nation’s best in terms of its deliciously fresh, and local, plant-based fare – being impressively listed on PETA’s “Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities of 2016.” While most regular eateries offer some fine veggie options to keep you going in a crunch, the abundance of top-notch exclusively vegan spots here means it’s highly unlikely you’ll have to lean-on any side-dishes for nourishment! Although spoiled for choice in this pioneering plant haven, we...

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Perfectly Sticky Pecan Pie

This ridiculously rich and delicious pecan pie is the perfect fix for anyone craving a sticky toffee treat. Pecans are probably one of my favourite nuts to bake with, alongside almonds. They are beautifully soft, rich and buttery in flavour and they crumble like a dream. They’re also the healthiest thing about this pie which, let’s face it, isn’t the healthiest thing I’ve ever baked. Sometimes you’ve just gotta live a little! Pecans are a great source of vitamin E, B vitamins, minerals like zinc, calcium and magnesium, and they contain properties that contribute to the body’s antioxidant activity...

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Vegans Vs Christians | What Would Jesus Do?

In many Biblical passages, you will find teachings of compassion or mercy towards humans and animals alike. In fact, Christian scripture is, in places, adorned with stories promoting the humane treatment of animals, often even encouraging total abstinence from animal products. According to Genesis, before the Fall of Man, the initial diet of humanity was a vegan diet: “And God said Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food.  And...

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10 Ways To Troll a Vegan

Tired of hearing your vegan friends bang on about “saving the planet”, “saving the animals”, “lowering risks of certain diseases”, blah blah blah? Wanna take ’em down a peg or two? Here are some tried and tested tips for trolling those bunny hugging leftos.     How to Effectively Troll a Vegan 1) Fool Them Into Thinking You Wanna Go Vegan Ask for plenty of tips, then post a pic of Eggs Benny on your Insta #datcholesterollife   2) Invite Them For Supper As they walk through the door, announce “So everything’s vegan, I only used a little bit of butter”...

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10 Annoying Things Vegans Do – Quit Shoving Your Opinions Down My Throat!

Bloody vegans! Always judging me for what I put in my mouth. It’s my body, my personal choice. What gives them the nerve? Elitist fixie riding hipsters. Vegan propaganda is rife, in fact I made a list. We need to stop this! 10 Annoying Things Vegans Do 1) The amount of billboards I see on my way to work promoting The Broccoli Industry’s corrupt agenda. Remember the celebrity endorsed “Got Broccoli” ads? As if that’s the only way I can get calcium. I don’t need David Beckham with a floret beard telling me what to eat, thanks. 2) The food...

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Roll Up, Roll Up! Fish Free, Homemade Vegan Sushi

I am always on the look out for vegan recipes to impress my none vegan friends with (the best way to spread veganism, in my opinion). A few weeks ago I had a few friends over, and I knew none of them liked fish, so I thought this was my chance to show them they could still have sushi, vegan sushi! Fish Free, Homemade Vegan Sushi   Sushi Rice: – 1 pack of Japanese sushi rice (500g) – 6 tablespoons of rice vine vinegar – 2-3 tablespoons of sugar – 2 teaspoons of salt. How to make it: –...

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Is Capitalism to Blame for Society’s Lack of Compassion?

Compassion – Is it learned? Are we born with compassion as a human trait or is it simply a learned act of kindness? The reality is, most people lack the ability to feel compassion for others, especially living in a world that is so full of hate, violence and death. We’re born into families who show us the way we should be in order to fit into society. But along the line, where did we lose our sense of compassion? When did it become normal to be unkind and unjust to one another? Our fast paced cultures have led us...

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Danish Politicians Go Vegan to Fight Climate Change

Who run the world? Danish Politicians should. Perhaps! Earlier this week, members of the Danish Parliament made like Beyoncé and committed to a 22-day Vegan challenge. According to an article in the Metro, leader of the Alternative party, Uffe Elbaek said “No doubt that this will be a huge challenge, but I expect it to be quite a lot of fun as well, and it’ll definitely be to the benefit of the environment. Western food production has an enormous climate footprint. Political action is needed, and I find it important that we, as politicians, take the first steps and begin...

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8 Nutrient Dense Foods for You and Your Baby

‘How are you going to make sure your baby is getting all the nutrients it needs?’ ‘What about your protein and iron levels?’ Some common questions one gets as a vegan mum-to-be. Having studied nutritional therapy, I am confident that a plant based diet is the optimum choice for a healthy pregnancy but I wanted get all the facts together and research nutritional guidelines for pregnancy for peace of mind. I have to say I was pretty shocked at what I found. NHS recommendations include these dietary suggestions: ‘Choose lean meat, remove the skin from poultry and try not...

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Top 10 Cook Books for Hungry Vegans

Got a party coming up? Wanna know how to make your own milk? No idea how to bake a cake without eggs? Chill – we’ve totally got you covered. Whether you’re new to a plant-based diet and have no idea where to start or you’re a seasoned vegan just lacking inspiration, this handpicked list of cookbooks will (quite literally) cater to all your food-related needs.   TOP 10 COOK BOOKS FOR HUNGRY VEGANS THUG KITCHEN | EAT LIKE YOU GIVE A F*CK SMITH & DAUGHTER | A COOKBOOK (THAT HAPPENS TO BE VEGAN) VEGAN STREET FOOD | FOODIE TRAVELS FROM INDIA TO INDONESIA MINIMALIST BAKER | EVERYDAY COOKING...

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Curried Pea Soup for Easy Peasy Protein

Pea soup with a kick!  High in protein and fibre, this pea soup is an easy fix for a lazy but nutritious meal. This recipe is beyond simple to make and ridiculously cheap too. There’s lots of great stuff in this green bowl of goodness; fibre, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, magnesium, iron, and zinc, just to mention a few! This subtly spiced soup is tasty hot or chilled, go wherever the mood takes you! CURRIED PEA SOUP Feeds 3 | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 40 minutes | Total time: 50 minutes  ...

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Super Simple Vegan Pancakes

Pancakes are mine and and my boyfriend’s favourite breakfast, and once I went vegan, I tried a million different recipes. I tried making my own vegan buttermilk, I experimented with mashed banana and apple sauce and I tried every egg substitute known to mankind.Until a week ago, when I realised, the easiest way works best. Super Simple Vegan Pancakes Five ingredients | 15 minutes, 1 plate of Perfect Pancakes INGREDIENTS (for 2): 1 1/2 Cup of Plant Milk (I like using Oat Milk) 1 1/2 Cup of Plain Flour 2 tsp. of Baking Powder 1 Splash of Vanilla 1/4 Cup...

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Top 10 Mascaras For Beautiful Lashes | Vegan & Cruelty Free

Whether you’re looking for lash lengthening witchery or just want to give them some extra body, we’ve got your back! These 10 cruelty free, vegan mascaras are the perfect tools to give you that dramatic face-framing flick when you want to make a bold statement, or simply just enhance your natural beauty. Take a look at our list below, of the top performing, (and mostly) budget-friendly mascaras. Top 10 Mascaras | Vegan & Cruelty Free   PHYSICIAN’S FORMULA | 100% NATURAL ORIGIN THE BALM | “WHAT’S YOUR TYPE?” BODY BUILDER 100% PURE | FRUIT PIGMENTED BLACK TEA ULTA | FEATHERED LASHES URBAN...

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Yulin Government Set to Enforce Ban on Dog Meat

The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is an annual event held in China, where street vendors and restauranteurs partake in the sale of meat from dogs and other “domesticated” animals. In an effort to bring an end to the mass slaughter of these animals, the Yulin authorities have initiated a plan to prohibit the exchange of money in return for their meat, which is reportedly due to come into effect on 15 June this year (the festival taking place shortly after, on 21st). The Express has noted that according to government officials, “the event has no official backing” and have...

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Chilli & Garlic Hasselback Potatoes

Hasselback (Hasselbackspotatis)  is the Swedish way of roasting potatoes, and oh boy, do they know how to roast potatoes! The potatoes are sliced finely, but not all the way, to let the flavours soak in and make the potatoes extra crispy! These are a great alternative to traditional roast potatoes that can accompany a variety of dishes using different flavours and seasonings. In this recipe, I’ve used chilli and garlic to make them mouth-wateringly delicious. Combining chilli and garlic is one of my favourite things to do in cooking, they make such a tasty pair and are fantastic for helping boost your metabolism...

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Sesame Tortilla Wraps

Wrap it up! These tortillas are so easy to make and a great way to cut out all those unwanted additives that are found in the store-bought variety. They’re also much yummier and extremely cost effective! Not only is it way cheaper to make these at home but you can cut out waste by making as many or as little as you like, just adjust the recipe to suit your needs. You can make these sesame tortillas as they are or if you prefer plain ones then simply don’t include the sesame seeds in the recipe, easy! You can...

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Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

Sweet and spice and everything nice Curries have always been one of my favourite dishes to make. They can be made to be extremely healthy and low in fat while still tasting great and giving the impression of decadence. I don’t know what it is that makes curries this way, for me, I think it’s the spices and exciting flavours that they create. Some people think that healthy food equals bland food. While this recipe may be simple and easy to make, it certainly isn’t bland! I combined the staple spices with tasty vegetables that give you a great...

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Sticky BBQ Chocolate Tofu Skewers

We are well on our way to BBQ season! A delicious mix of sweet, spicy, and savoury, this recipe is a flavour and texture lovers dream. Perfect grilled, fried or baked, this recipe is naturally gluten-free, vegan and the flavours are out of this world delicious. Contrasting warm and cold sensations, along with firm, squidgy and crunchy textures, these BBQ chocolate tofu skewers are perfect for your next get together or for a fun family dinner. Either way, you are going to fall in love with these flavour-filled treats! Sticky BBQ Chocolate Tofu Skewers   INGREDIENTS 1 Green pepper 1 Yellow pepper...

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Vegan Friendly Ingredients List

Vegan Friendly Ingredients List   BEANS & LEGUMES All of which are great for you nutritionally speaking; no cholesterol as with all plants, they are also low in saturated fat and sodium and very good sources of protein. Luckily beans and legumes are also very versatile and you can use them in an array of recipes such as black bean brownies,  lentil daal, cannelini-bean pesto or hummus (from chickpeas), to name a few. AQUAFABA This is the liquid in your canned chickpeas. Don’t throw it out! You can use it to make vegan-mayonnaise, meringue, mousse, ice cream, butter, cheese and marshmallows...

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Animal Derived Ingredients List

Animal Derived Ingredients This list has been created to help in the avoidance of purchasing products which contain animal derived ingredients and whilst it may seem long, note that it is not inclusive of all ingredients as new variations for names are continually being patented. It is important to know that it is extremely difficult to avoid every single animal ingredient and to remember that a vegan lifestyle is focused on reducing harm to animals in a way which is possible and practical. As stated by PETA, “boycotting products that may contain trace amount of animal products can actually be more harmful in the long run. E.g., by refusing to eat a veggie burger from a restaurant because the bun “may contain traces” of milk or eggs, you may discourage that restaurant from offering vegan options because it is seems too difficult a task”, it is also worth keeping in mind that this label is often used for protection against lawsuits from customers who suffer from food-related allergies. Each ingredient is hyperlinked to a Wikipedia definition for your convenience as some ingredients are also available from plant sources. Please use this list as a guide for how to best avoid them. (We also recommend downloading the ‘Is it Vegan?” app for convenience when grocery shopping)   ANIMAL DERIVED INGREDIENTS MOST COMMON Gelatin Casein Rennet Whey OTHERS Adrenaline Alanine Albumen Alcloxa Allantoin...

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Cruelty-Free Self-Care Secrets for When You’re Expecting

Being pregnant is an exciting time. It’s also terrifying, tiring and transformational in more ways than one, especially when it comes to your body. It’s important to be kind yourself, to embrace the changes you are experiencing whilst acknowledging that you are more than likely going to develop a few symptoms, both good and bad. Whether you are pregnant or not these products are awesome. They feel really luxurious to use and are all 100% vegan and cruelty free. Cruelty-Free Self-Care Secrets for When You’re Expecting   SLEEP WELL Never underestimate the power of sleep. When you’re expecting a...

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