In this episode of The Vegetarian Zen podcast, Larissa and I discuss a few recent plant-based news stories that have caught our attention.
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This Week In Plant-Based News (June 2021) Stories:
Plant-Based Diet Can Slash Severity Of COVID-19 (Plant Based News)
Synopsis: Plant Based News reports that a study published by the BMJ Nutrition, Prevention, and Health journal found links between COVID and dietary patterns.
This study tracked healthcare workers in six different countries who had been exposed to COVID-19. Out of the positive COVID cases from that group, the majority of those on a plant-based or pescatarian diet had lower odds (73% and 59% respectively) of developing moderate to severe symptoms.
This study is one of the first to really look at connecting COVID with diet. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard a lot about people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity having more severe cases.
Synopsis: J. Douglas Hines was the COO of Bumble Bee and spent 40 years in the commercial seafood industry before deciding he’d had enough. He could no longer watch the oceans being destroyed by commercial fishing. Now Hines heads Atlantic Natural Foods, whose brands include Loma Linda, Neat, and Kaffree Roma.
- Plant-based seafood alternative that’s good for you & for the world
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- Protein-rich food provides an excellent source of calcium and omega-3s
Founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddic, British cosmetics and beauty brand The Body Shop has set a goal to be 100% vegan by the end of 2023.
While The Body Shop currently has many vegan products, some of their offerings do contain animal derivatives such as beeswax, shellac, and lanolin.
In addition to their goal of becoming completely vegan in the next two years, they plan to make all of the packaging recyclable by 2025.
The doctors who appeared in the Forks Over Knives documentary (2011) reunite for its 10-year anniversary to discuss how things have changed with respect to the public perception of plant-based eating.
The reunion documentary includes appearances by:
- Dr. T Colin Campbell
- Dr. Neal Barnard
- Dr, Caldwell Esselstyn
- Rip Esselstyn
- Forks Over Knives Director Brian Wendel
You can watch the documentary for free on the Forks Over Knives site.
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