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Vegan News – Health, Diversity, Vegan Tips, and a Public Branding

Every Friday I post the most interesting vegan news articles and blogs I’ve read. This week in vegan news …

1. Vegan health

Photo by Alex Proimos

Photo by Alex Proimos

April Diodato went meatless for a week in an attempted to “learn everything [she] could about the lifestyle.” Many of the people she interviewed shared similar health benefits. “I hear the same stories from so many vegans. I still have my natural hair color, and people think I’m a lot younger than I am,” said one of the members of the Chautauqua County Vegetarian-Vegan Society.

The Baltimore Sun has an interview with Ingrid Beardsley, registered dietitian at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital: “In general, vegans tend to have lower blood cholesterol levels, lower risk of heart disease, blood pressure, and Type 2 diabetes. They also tend to have lower risk of cancer and lower BMI (body mass index).”

Wondering if you’re getting enough zinc? Virginia Messina breaks it down for you in Zinc in Vegan Diets: Meeting Needs is Easy.

2. Tips for going vegan

Last week the NY Times Wellness blog gave tips from vegan chefs on How to go Vegan. This week they share Your Twitter Tips for Going Vegan. My two favorites:

3. Diversity in vegansim

Photo by NASA

Photo by NASA

Piper Hoffman looks at the growing diversity of the vegan movement in The Vegan Stereotype no Longer Applies. “Like the environmental movement, veganism has been seen as a diet for whites,” writes Hoffman.

The growing number of black vegans counters not only a stereotype of vegans, but also a stereotype of African Americans. Black vegan Evelyn Redcross says she has been told that “black vegans don’t exist.”

That stereotype is changing as more “African-Americans are beginning to make the shift to a plant-based diet.”

4. Vegan to be publicly branded to protest animal cruelty

Photo by Steve Arnold

Photo by Steve Arnold

A London woman is planning on using a hot iron to publicly brand a male volunteer with “269” in order to protest animal cruelty in the dairy industry.

Naturally, this story will be getting a bit of press, but I wonder if it’s really the best way to spread the vegan message. The first two words of the MSN article are “crazy vegan.” Can’t say I disagree.

1 Comment

  1. Great stuff again, Jeff. Thanks

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