Move over, Movember—it’s Veganuary!
With approximately 9 million vegetarians and vegans in the U.S., chances are that many families will be hosting an herbivore sometime during the holiday season. It should be a no-brainer—just use soy milk in your mashed potatoes, leave the ham out of the green beans, and use margarine in place of butter. Easy, right?
Can eating vegan actually make you healthier? Check out these ways that a vegan diet might just help you live longer.
You’ve seen the ads on TV for all-you-can-eat shrimp buffets. Shrimp, once a special treat that you’d get once in a while on a summer seaside vacation, has turned into cheap fast-food like McDonald’s hamburgers. And like fast-food burgers, cheap shrimp is an ecological disaster.
Did you know that this was ‘Be Kind to Animals Week?’ Today, Michelle Kretzer at PETA shares some meat substitutes to help you kick the animal product habit. Here at Eat Drink Better, we like to think of these – often processed – meat and dairy substitutes as a way for folks to transition to a plant-based diet, not as dietary staples. If you’ve been wanting to give plant-based eating a try and need something to help you on your way, these can be a great sometimes food to help you on your journey!
The dairy industry starts marketing to us practically from birth—kids are often exposed to its slick (and misleading) campaign materials at school. By the time we’re grown, we may think that we know milk well—but you might want to think twice before stopping at your supermarket’s dairy case.
If your mom was like mine, she gave you the same home remedies when you came down with a cold or the flu: a warm blanket and a bowl of chicken soup. Mom is usually right, of course, but you might want to think twice about that chicken soup when you’re choosing flu-fighting foods.
While you watch the pundits pour over the results at your election day party, why not pour yourself a glass of lemonade or a cold beer and whip up a down-home vegan meal that’s as American as baseball!
Wearing pink may help raise awareness about breast cancer, but eating green—healthy vegan foods—can actually help prevent the disease. Perhaps that’s why not only is October just Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s also World Vegetarian Awareness Month. If you want to “go” both pink and green, try Pink Lady apples, pink grapefruit, pink rhubarb, or even mushrooms in special pink packaging.
That organic meat is no magic bullet shouldn’t come as any surprise.
Get out your maracas and get ready to do a happy dance. The nation’s top-earning fast-food restaurant and leading meat producer both saw lower sales this quarter.
Much of the United States has been experiencing near-historic drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The drought and accompanying heat wave are not only parching people’s lawns and impacting their air-conditioning bills but also causing animal suffering—more than 1,000 calves died from heat stress on Midwestern dairy farms in July alone—and sending food prices soaring, especially for people who eat meat, eggs, and dairy products.
California’s groundbreaking foie gras ban went into effect on Sunday, making it the only municipality in the world to ban the product as well as the production of the deadly dish. (Chicago temporarily banned foie gras in 2006, but the ban was repealed in 2008.) Some of the Golden State’s chefs are campaigning to overturn the California ban, but for now, only one state senator, Lois Wolk, is expressing any interest in their cause, and even she will only commit to amending the law to “create an acceptable humane standard for the production of this agricultural product.”