with dozens of particles becoming embedded in tissues, scientists have warned, in findings described as ‘sobering’ by the Prince of Wales. Researchers from the University of Ghent in Belgium believe that microplastics accumulate in the body over time and could be a long term health risk. And they say the amount of plastic absorbed will only get worse as pollution in the oceans increases, a finding described by the Prince of Wales as ‘sobering.’ The Prince has previously described micro-particles as ‘grey goo.’ Dr Colin Janssen, who led the research, said the presence of plastic particles in the body was ‘a concern’. “Now we’ve established that they do enter our body and can stay there for quite a while, we do need to know the fate of the plastics,” he told Sky News to coincide with the launch of Sky’s new environmental campaign Sky Ocean Rescue. “Where do they go? Are they encapsulated by tissue and forgotten about by the body, or are they causing inflammation or doing other things? “Are chemicals leaching out of these plastics and then causing toxicity? We don’t know and actually we do need to know.”
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Eating vegan is like a work of art. It takes practice and imagination to cook up delicious vegan lunch ideas, desserts, and soups. Because vegan grub omits everything made with animal products, it’s essential to get clever with your cooking. That’s where this list comes in.
FOE gave kids a lunch menu designed to eliminate foods it says are “unsustainable for our planet.” The new menu features far less meat and more plant-based food. Any meat or cheese the school did use came from “pastured, organic dairy cows.” The student’s lunch menu went from beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza to vegan stir fry tofu and vegan tostadas. The new FOE-approved menu served meat and cheese-less frequently and reduced the portion sizes.
Guards are trained to shoot and kill poachers, which is why thousands of Indian one-horned rhinos are still alive in the park. If humans fail to change their ways and adopt more sustainable habits, incredible species will go extinct. In fact, the African Elephant isn’t expected to outlast the next decade due to increased poaching activity. It’s because of this sobering reality and the increasing demand for ivory that a national park in India is shooting first and asking questions later.
More people than you may have thought are on plant-based and animal-free diets: PETA reports that 2.5 percent of U.S. residents are vegans, while another 5 percent are vegetarians. Celebrities are no strangers to these dietary changes; big names like Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres and now Al Gore are all on board with veganism. Just how nutritious is this plant-based diet, though? Experts note it can be one of the healthiest ways to eat, as you’ll limit calories and harmful fats while still consuming vitamins and minerals. It’s also good for the environment; it uses fewer resources, and doesn’t support industrial livestock farms, which often face criticism for their treatment of animals and environmental waste.
These days we are seeing more celebrities either adopting a vegan lifestyle, or adhering to it for a specific reason like weight loss. Beyoncé and Jay Z teamed up together with a vegan meal delivery service to encourage more people to eat healthier. Recently Gwyneth Paltrow demonstrated to the world that eating plant-based can be cheap and underwent a challenge to prove it. Now the big buzz is about Adam Richman following a vegan plant-based diet to lose weight. What?! Yes, it’s the popular Adam Richman of Man vs. Food who has been downing all those insanely large quantities of artery-clogging foods to win prizes and earn fame on restaurants walls. It appears he’ has had enough. (1)
Keep your kitchen cupboard stocked with these must-have vegan ingredients!
1. Nut Butter
These tasty spreads, such as almond butter and peanut butter, are an excellent source of protein, fibre, minerals, and healthy fats.
Use in baking, add to your smoothies, spread on toast, mix into sauces, use as a dip or even eat straight out of the jar.
These creamy nuts are often used as the main ingredient for cheese-based recipes, such as mac ‘n’ cheese, cheesecakes and creamy sauces.
Cashews are packed with vitamins, proteins and an abundance of minerals, including calcium, iron and zinc.
3. Nutritional Yeast
Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that comes in the form of yellow flakes. Famous for its cheesy flavour, nutritional yeast is the perfect ingredient for vegan cheese recipes, such as mac ‘n’ cheese.
Look for brands that are fortified with vitamin B12 for a boost of this important vitamin!
4. Medjool Dates
Naturally sweet and delicious, you can blend medjool dates with a milk alternative to make vegan ‘caramel’
Low on the glycemic index and high in many vitamins, minerals, and fibre, using medjool dates is a healthy way to add sweetness to any recipe, such as energy balls (see above).
5. Spirulina Powder
An algae, spirulina is a great pick-me-up when added to drinks and smoothies. A 7g serving gives a whopping 4gs of protein and also contains other nutrients such as amino acids, B vitamins and iron.
We love how the bluey-green colour reminds us of the ocean!
These nutrient-dense beans are high in protein and minerals, and they’re great in curries, stews, casseroles and salads. They’re also the ideal ingredient for making vegan sausages and burgers.
If you’re looking for a gluten-free, protein-rich alternative to flour, grind dry chickpeas to make chickpea flour.
7. Black Beans
Rich in protein and fibre, black beans are great for replicating meaty textures in burgers, meatballs, burritos and stews.
For a healthy spin on classic desserts, black beans can also be used in baking recipes such as brownies, cakes, and cookies.
8. Chia Seeds
To make the signature ‘chia pudding’, add one part chia seeds to four parts vegan milk, and refrigerate overnight.
Chia seeds can also be added to many recipes, most notably smoothies, cereal bars, cookies, cakes, pancakes, muffins, and jams. They can also be added to savoury meals such as pizza bases and stews.
High in omega 3, protein, fibre, and minerals, these little seeds promote health both inside and outside the body by looking after bones, digestion, and skin.
9. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Surprising for some, apple cider vinegar is an important ingredient in vegan baking. When used with baking soda the reaction acts as an egg substitute.
But the pairing of apple cider vinegar and baking soda doesn’t end there! You can also combine them to unblock unruly drains.
Despite the myth, vegans can also indulge in a cheeky chocolate treat!
Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% or above) is usually vegan or vegan milk / white chocolate alternatives can be found at health food stores. You can also make your own by mixing melted coconut oil with cocoa powder and a sweetener.
11. Canned Coconut Milk
Canned coconut milk has to be one of our favourite cupboard essentials.
Pour the contents of the tin directly into soups and curries, or refrigerate the can overnight so the cream and milk separate. You can then use the cream for desserts, such as the cupcakes above, and the milk however you like!
This popular breakfast ingredient can be cooked and served warm, or soaked overnight and eaten cold.
Rich in minerals and proteins, oats are also great in breads, cakes, granola bars, and pancakes.
From porridges to cakes and salads to burgers, buckwheat is an incredibly versatile ingredient for both sweet and savoury recipes. It’s high in protein, fibre and magnesium, and comes in the form of both flour and groats.
V-Eats Modern Vegan, a meatless restaurant, is shaking up a time-honored Texas tradition with its menu of meatless roasts and meat-substitute sliders. But meat lovers in Dallas aren’t too pleased with a food critic’s surprisingly positive review of the restaurant’s vegan brisket. On Tuesday, the Dallas Observer’s food editor Beth Rankin visited the restaurant during its soft opening to try out the meatless brisket—a smoky, seitan-based loaf that’s served several ways at V-Eats. Rankin says she was skeptical at first but describes the chewy “brisket” as “smoky and moist” and ultimately admits that while it won’t “fool a pitmaster, but it is something I’d order again.”
Vegans and vegetarians still comprise a relatively small portion of the American public—but the trend to go meatless is on the rise giving way to a host of eateries around the country like V-Eats.
But after Rankin posted her review, which also includes a review of a fried breadfruit meant to replace chicken, many meat-lovers rallied against the mere idea of creating a brisket out of anything other than beef.
True meat lovers may never venture into tofu territory but if you’re willing it to give it a go, V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves is now open to public.
The study is the first comprehensive risk assessment of its kind. Scientists calculated that more than 99 per cent of the microplastics pass through the human body – but the rest are taken up by body tissues.
Most are excreted, but on average each mussel contains one tiny fragment lodged in its body tissue. As plastic pollution builds up in the ocean that will increase.
If current trends continue, by the end of the century people who regularly eat seafood could be consuming 780,000 pieces of plastic a year, absorbing 4,000 of them from their digestive systems.
The Prince of Wales said: “I find it sobering to think that almost all the plastic ever produced is still here somewhere on the planet in one form or another and will remain here for centuries to come, possibly thousands of years.”
There are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in the world’s oceans and the equivalent of one rubbish truck of plastic waste is being added to the sea every minute.
By 2050 that will increase to four trucks every minute. The plastic in the ocean will take decades or even centuries to break down into small pieces, but many scientists believe it will never completely disappear.
Dr Janssen added: “The next generation or two generations might say they left us a rotten plastic legacy because now we are suffering in various ways from that legacy.
“We have to do something about it.”
Sky Ocean Rescue launches today with the campaign, initially led by Sky News, aiming to educate and inspire people to change their behaviour to help protect our oceans and dramatically reduce the amount of plastic waste produced every day that end up in them.
Visit the campaign’s website at www.skyoceanrescue.com. To discover the scale of the damage caused by plastic disposed in oceans, watch A Plastic Tide on Sky Atlantic at 8pm on Tuesday January 24th or on Sky News at 8pm on Wednesday January 25th.
Who says vegans can’t have a good time at a BBQ? We’re here to help you think outside the typical veggie-burger-box with some yummy inspiration to help you grill it vegan-style all summer long. Now, pass the hummus.