The research is clear: a plant-based diet is better for our body and our planet. But are people in the US making dietary changes to keep up with the times?
‘I just could never do it!’ my friend said. ‘Just, gosh, the constant vigilance — I could never be vegan, it’d be way too hard for me!’ Then she told me all about the new Weight Watcher’s plan she’s on now, since the gluten-free diet failed to perform as promised. Points, lists, calories, meetings, portion measurements — all designed to counteract the chronic obesity spiking her risks for diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease, and early mortality resulting from standard American food habits. As I listened, I had the feeling I always have in conversations like this: seriously?! Veganism is just SO MUCH EASIER than all’a that!
Have you heard about the vegan ‘Game of Thrones’ themed burger, or the new app to help you fight food waste? Did you see the new diet and nutrition research on MS and heart disease? Do you know about Big Ag’s efforts to railroad organic standards, in a direction no one here wants ’em to go? Read on for a roundup of all the good, bad, and interesting news from the food world this week!
According to a new study, following a low fat ‘McDougall-style’ plant-based diet markedly reduces the debilitating fatigue often associated with multiple sclerosis.
Ag-gag, organic standards, and GMO labeling debates rage through this week’s food news cycle. Meanwhile Tyson recalls contaminated chicken nuggets (mmm, plastic!), and the media erupts with glee over an Australian study they say indicts vegetarianism: does it really? Don’t miss the drama — find the week’s hottest food news here!
As the vegan movement grows, statistics say it resonates most strongly with women — at least so far. Of the 2.5 million or so Americans who identify themselves as part of Team Vegan, about 79% are female. Society sends some screwy messages about ‘acceptable’ gender-based behavior; in this case, those messages may be doing men a disservice. Vegan eating isn’t ‘a girl thing’ — especially if you’re a fellow who values strength, health, environmentalism, and sex!
I’ll give it to you straight: this week’s food news isn’t for the faint of heart! Food recalls, food insecurity, corporate SNAP exploitation, and 3-D food printing loom large on the week’s newsfeed. But there’s good news too: Hawaii’s surfers are getting up to some nifty non-GMO activism, and Samuel L. Jackson gives vegan eating (yet another) hefty celebrity boost. So don’t be afraid: read on, for the worst and best news this week in the world of food!
Is BPA safe to eat? According to a recent FDA study, absitively and posolutely! Go ahead and gobble that stuff up, it’s fine! But according to about a dozen researchers close to the project, that BPA study is total bunk — and even worse, the FDA knew it was bunk when they published it.
Don’t drink the water, and don’t eat the beef. Don’t go to Chick-fil-A, but DO give ’em a high-five for their recent move against antibiotic resistance. New research links food prices to diabetes risk for low-income consumers, Idaho strives towards ag-gag ugliness, and farmers sue each other over genetic contamination. Meanwhile, genies with name-tags reading ‘GMO awareness’ and ‘plant-based health’ escape irretrievably from bottles. Read all about it: get your weekly food news fix here!
New research indicts sugar, Subway ditches doughy carcinogens, and the GMO labeling battle escalates. Meanwhile, vegans take over the world. For the week’s best news stories from the food world, read on!
Are you looking for some good nutritional guidance, to make sure you’re getting what you need from your newly plant-based habits? Thinking of going vegan, but not sure exactly how to healthfully make the leap? Look no further: these nutrition resources make it easy to be a healthy herbivore!
Katie Couric strode impressively onto the documentary scene this week with Fed Up, a film premiering last Sunday at the Sundance film festival. Fed Up explores the underlying and often invisible forces driving the childhood obesity crisis, and brings the idea of food as a vital political issue to an ever-growing mainstream audience.
Holy guacamole, Bat-Man (or -Woman) — there’s some big news afoot in the food world! Consumers and citizens view GMOs with skyrocketing skepticism; but the Monsanto-staffed USDA doesn’t much care, and pushes on with expedited approval of new stacked-resistance genetically modified crops. Not to be outdone, the FDA draws fire for lackadaisical (ahem) ‘regulation’ of agricultural antibiotics. Newly published studies show alarming global obesity trends, and disturbing trends among patients with metabolic syndrome. Fox meat, donkey meat, and ‘food loaf’ as punishment — read on for all the best stories from this week’s top news in food!