Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale

Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale

Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s cooked. The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It More »

A third of people say they wouldn’t date vegans

A third of people say they wouldn’t date vegans

Sorry, vegans. You may be morally superior. You may have glowing skin. Your health may be spectacular. But just like the rest of us, you’re going to end up alone. Well, you’re fairly likely More »

A map of most vegetarian friendly countries in Europe

A map of most vegetarian friendly countries in Europe

The number of vegetarians in the UK continues to rise, as more and more people choose the diet for health and environmental benefits. Not only can a diet which excludes meat reduce More »

Arnold Schwarzenegger: I’ve Given Up Meat For The Benefit Of Humanity

Arnold Schwarzenegger: I’ve Given Up Meat For The Benefit Of Humanity

Terminator star and former governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger has urged members of the public to give up meat and take-up a plant-based diet “for the benefit of humanity”. In partnership with More »

NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold

NFL veganism? David Carter, Griff Whalen have broken the mold

David Carter played in all 32 games for the Arizona Cardinals in 2011 and ’12. (Paul Spinelli/AP) David Carter, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound defensive lineman, and his teammates are at a steakhouse, the More »


8 Meal Planning Rules A Vegan Should Live By To Meet Nutrient Needs


Once you decide to go vegan, you are already convinced in the fact that there are plenty of foods you can eat to meet your nutrient needs and satisfy any food craving you might have. Yet, if you’ve done a bit of research and checked out some of the other articles in the Vegan Nutrition Essentials section here on the site, you possibly know that vegans need to consume more calories from plant foods in order to meet these nutritional requirements.

No Body Needs Milk


Over the past several decades, cow’s milk and its byproducts have come to be seen as an essential part of the diet of most Americans. Milk and milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, whey, kefir and butter have been effectively promoted by the Unified Marketing Plan[1] with a budget in excess of $165 million a year. But this promotion hasn’t just been about advertising. Federal laws mandate that all schools will provide children with milk at each meal or face the loss of federal funds.

Those responsible for this mandate have chosen to ignore the fact that up to 90 percent of African- American, 70 percent of Asian, and 15 percent of Caucasian children are unable to digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. Despite this and other controversies regarding health consequences, dairy consumption has steadily climbed since 1980. Half of all dairy consumption (per capita consumption currently exceeds 584 pounds per year) comes in the form of cheese, a super-concentrated form of health compromising saturated fat and salt.

Of all the animals on the planet, people are the only creatures who routinely consume the milk products of other species. What has been assumed to be a beneficial practice is, in fact, more than merely questionable. The scientific evidence suggests that the consequences of this practice are devastating.[2] It appears likely that no other component in the modern diet causes more pain and suffering, including premature death and disability, than dairy products.

There is compelling scientific evidence that our consumption of dairy products is strongly associated with the following conditions:

  1. Childhood onset (type one) diabetes[3]
  2. Constipation[4]
  3. Otitus Media (ear infections)[5]
  4. Sinus congestion and Rhinitis[6]
  5. Skin problems including rashes, dermatitis, eczema, hives and acne[1]
  6. Asthma[8]
  7. Digestive disturbance (including irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease)[9]
  8. Arthritis and joint pain[10]
  9. Cancer (lymphoma, leukemia)[11]
  10. Obesity[12]

The Problems With Milk Are Numerous

  1. Milk proteins – All dairy products, especially low or non-fat dairy products, contain abundant quantities of milk proteins. Milk proteins are the most commonly implicated causal factor in promoting the diseases listed above.[13]
  2. Bacterial contamination – Dairy products are among the most common foods recalled by the FDA for contamination with bacteria such as salmonella, staphylococci, listeria, Ecoli 01573,and Mycobacterium paratuberculosis.[14] Pasteurization kills most of the bacteria found in milk;however, in doing so, it creates viral fragments that may also be health compromising.[15]
  3. Biological concentration of toxins – All animal products, including dairy products,biologically concentrate the various poisons, including pesticides and other environmental contaminants. The resulting meat or milk products have highly concentrated levels of these toxins.
  4. Hormones – In order to maximize milk production, dairy cows are routinely injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This hormone dramatically increases milk production but also increases insulin-like growth factor-1 which has been shown to promote the growth of cancer cells.[16]
  5. Antibiotics – Large quantities of antibiotics are given to dairy cattle and may be contributing to the increasing problems of antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.
  6. Gut leakage – Dairy proteins appear to be particularly well suited to stimulating inappropriate immunological reactions when they are absorbed through an inflamed intestinal mucosa, a process commonly called “gut leakage.” In vulnerable patients a variety of inflammatory processes are aggravated and may be associated with many of the disease processes listed above.[17]
  7. Environmental – The process of raising dairy cattle for milk and meat is a major user of fresh water and a leading contributor to both water and air pollution. Meat and dairy based diets are very hard on the environment.[18]
  8. Moral and ethical – Some people believe that the involuntary incarceration of sentient beings is morally repugnant and refuse to participate in a practice they consider immoral and unethical.


Top 10 Vegan Halloween Recipes and Treats


After all the spooky vegan Halloween drinks that Jackie made for you, you must be craving some munchie treats! We have searched close and far, entered spooky zones, roamed the Halloween web buzz, and found the best Halloween recipes and treats, just for you. So here they are, our top 10 Vegan Halloween recipes and treats. Enjoy!

Study: Vegan Blood is 8x More Effective at Killing Cancer Cells


Eschewing animal products isn’t only good for the planet, it improves your odds of living a long and healthy life! At present, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women in the United States will develop cancer in their lifetimes. Furthermore, the number of cancer cases is expected to double by the year 2050. Obviously, this news is distressing. However, there is hope, and the solution could be as simple as eating more unprocessed plant-based foods.

Scalloped Potatoes with Coconut Milk and Basil


Full-fat coconut milk eases up the indulgence level of this creamy-cheesy potato casserole.
½ large onion, finely chopped (1 ¼ cups)
1 13.5-oz can full-fat coconut milk, whisked until smooth
3 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and sliced into
⅛ inch-thick rounds
½ cup coarsely grated Gruyere or Swiss cheese
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
¾ cup grated Parmesan cheese

11 Cheap Vegetarian Meals: Because Being Healthy Doesn’t Have To Break The Bank


Vegetarian meals (whether you’re opposed to eating meat or not) can be super delicious, good for you and wait for it— cheap. That’s right, not all vegetarian meals run at Whole Foods prices, and still offer all of the delicious taste you expect out of breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Check out these 11 cheap meals that I believe don’t cost more than $2 a serving and start rethinking how you do dinner from now on. From refried bean quesadillas to eggplant meatballs, these meals won’t disappoint.

22 High-Protein Meatless Meals Under 400 Calories


Vegetarian eating isn’t for everyone, but if you’re trying to eat less meat OR you’re going meatless for the long haul, getting enough protein is super important.Of course, how much protein you need differs from person to person depending on your size, activity level, and whatever your health and fitness goals might be. For these meals, we aimed for at least 15 grams as a good place to start when you’re cutting meat (aka a big source of protein) out of your diet.

Also worth noting is that the 400-calorie limit here is mostly arbitrary: The goal is to show that you can be mindful about portion sizes, if that’s your thing, but still get the protein you need to function and feel good. You can figure out how many calories you actually need throughout the day here.

Bacon and other processed meats cause cancer, claims WHO report


The World Health Organisation is reportedly planning to declare that bacon, sausages and other processed meat cause cancer. Red meat is also expected to be listed as being “probably carcinogenic to humans”. A source told The Daily Mail that the announcements were expected to be made on Monday with processed meat put in the same category as cigarettes, alcohol and asbestos.
The NHS Choices website says that “evidence shows that there is probably a link between eating red and processed meat and the risk of bowel cancer”.

Researchers discover seaweed that tastes like bacon and is twice as healthy as kale


Researchers at Oregon State have patented a new strain of seaweed that tastes like bacon when it’s cooked.
The seaweed, a form of red marine algae, looks like translucent red lettuce. It also has twice the nutritional value of kale and grows very quickly. Did we mention it tastes like bacon?

15 Vegan One-Pot Recipes If You Are Considering Cutting Animals Out Of Your Diet


Those nights are coming—you know the ones I mean. The weather is cold and blustery, you maybe got stuck a little late at work, and the whole household is a bit cranky—even the dog. You certainly don’t feel like cooking, let alone doing the dishes afterwards. At these times, do you open a jar of salsa and a packet of organic corn chips and dump an avocado in front of everyone? Tempting, but no! Instead, we’ve got you covered with 15 vegan one-pot dinners the kids will love, and that will have the whole family nourished with minimum fuss or mess. One thing to note is that many of these recipes include some measure of chili, so you may want to reduce or omit that depending on your children’s tolerance to the spicy stuff. Read on for a fast track to full bellies and minimal washing up.

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