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Fake Meat Fight: Can the Plant-Based Movement Get Past the ‘Processed Food’ Debate?

JENNY SPLITTER: 'Though sales of plant-based foods grew by 11.3% in 2019, a growing chorus of critics say these foods are too processed for their liking, vegan junk food with a plant-based health halo. That rejection has to sting just a little if you’re Beyond Meat. Unlike Impossible Foods, which gets its beefy taste from genetically engineered yeast, Beyond embraced the non-GMO label as a way to straddle the nature-tech divide. The move failed to win over critics, but the critics may have missed the mark too, lost in their obsession over processed food. Can the plant-based movement get…

Vegan parents will sue UK government for discrimination over nurseries only offering cow’s milk

LORRAINE KING: 'Vegan campaigners are threatening to sue the UK government if they fail to introduce a plant-based drink in the Nursery Milk Scheme. Under the scheme, children under the age of five who attend nursery are entitled to a third of a pint of cow's milk every day for free. The Vegan Society claims the scheme is unfair as it does not include alternatives to cow milk. Legal advisors working for charity say that the Government is failing in its duty to the 2010 Equality Act. In a letter to the Government, the charity demanded that alternative is offered otherwise they could take…

Veganism Continues to Climb Popularity Charts Bolstering the Growth of the Global Vegan Flavors Market

PERSISTANCE MARKET RESEARCH: 'The rising inclination of consumers towards natural and plant-based products is estimated to enhance the sales of vegan flavors. Increasing awareness about the side-effects of chemicals present in animal-based products, and growing animal concerns are some of the major reasons for the growth of natural and plant-based products. Therefore, manufacturers in the food and beverage industry are looking for natural and plant-based ingredients to develop innovative products and to gain traction of health-conscious consumers... The global vegan flavors market is…

STUDY: Vegan diet could help people lose nearly a pound a week and slash their diabetes risk

SAM BLANCHARD: 'Going on a vegan diet could help people lose almost a pound a week and slash their risk of diabetes, according to a study. People who switched to a plant-based diet high in carbohydrates lost an average of 13lbs (5.8kg) in the space of just four months. Scientists suggested changes to bacteria living in the gut could have been responsible for boosting the people's digestive health. And they said the diet could make their bodies more able to absorb sugar from food, reducing the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Scientists at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine…

STUDY: Plant-based diet could heal your rheumatoid arthritis

LIJI THOMAS: 'According to the latest review, adopting a plant-based diet could well relieve the swollen joints and pain of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is autoimmune in origin, a painful joint disorder caused by inflammation of the joints, affecting 1 in 100 people all over the world. Both genetic predisposition and lifestyle factors participate in its etiology. The latter includes factors like infections, diet and the gut microbiome. How does diet affect the joints? One theory is that dietary factors may reduce the strength of the intestinal barrier which allows food molecules to…

Mozaffarian & Glickman: Our Food is Killing Too Many of Us

D. MOZAFFARIAN & D. GLICKMAN: 'Americans are sick — much sicker than many realize. More than 100 million adults — almost half the entire adult population — have pre-diabetes or diabetes. Cardiovascular disease afflicts about 122 million people and causes roughly 840,000 deaths each year, or about 2,300 deaths each day. Three in four adults are overweight or obese. More Americans are sick, in other words, than are healthy. Instead of debating who should pay for all this, no one is asking the far more simple and imperative question: What is making us so sick, and how can we reverse this…

Fashionably vegan: How veganism is taking the step from kitchen to closet

JILL TREANOR: 'It has just become a selling point: clothes and accessories marketed as free from cow skin and any other animal products, are being launched by retailers up and down the High Street, including Marks & Spencer, Zara and New Look. There are fur coats, that are "vegan", jute and plastic "vegan" belts, and shoes made from tree bark, natural rubber and coconut fibre, labelled "vegan". While an increasing number of Brits are trying to eat less meat, market researchers Mintel found in their latest fashion and sustainability report that the trend is now spreading from kitchen to…

Veggie burgers caught in a war over the future of meat

LAURA REILEY: 'For decades veggie burgers were the token offering to vegans at the backyard barbecue... But as plant-based meat goes from an afterthought to a financial juggernaut that aims to change how most people eat, the opposition has suddenly awakened: Many of the country's 800,000 cattle ranchers have declared war on newcomers Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, which use technology to make products that hew closely to the taste and texture of meat, and now "first-generation" veggie burgers and similar products are caught in the crossfire... In 2019, officials in nearly 30 states have…

A nutritionist and meat-industry consultant claims vegan diets can stunt brain development, health experts disagree

GABBY LANDSVERK: 'Advocates of plant-based eating are in an uproar this week after a respected UK nutritionist claimed veganism could be depriving babies and children of a critical "brain-building" nutrient. Emma Derbyshire, a nutrition consultant and author of a book on maternal nutrition, said the UK may face a "potential choline crisis" in an article published August 30 in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health. Derbyshire argues that many adults don't get enough choline, an essential nutrient, in their diets, a problem exacerbated by the popularity of plant-based or vegan…

How veganism is offering new ways to play our favourite sports

ITV NEWS: 'The rise of veganism has seen an increasing number of sports stars convert to the animal-friendly diet. Tennis star Serena Williams and footballer Jermain Defoe are among the new wave who have spoken of the benefits of switching to ethical eating. And F1 champion Lewis Hamilton has teamed up with Oscar-winning director James Cameron to find out if vegan athletes perform better. But not all equipment they use is quite so friendly to animals. So which sports have started to adapt to veganism and which need to up their game?' SOURCE... RELATED VIDEO: