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Link Roundup: January and February 2016 Edition

Submitted by Vegeteers’ Members:

Vegan Nacho Cheese

The Secret Reason We Eat Meat

Vegans in Ontario say they’re protected under human rights law

Articles and opinion pieces:

Help The Climate, Change Your Diet

My meat addiction is over: I’ve gone vegan, and it’s brilliant

Forbes Magazine Highlights Exciting Growth in Vegan Business Opportunities

No, Being a Vegan Will Not Make You Go Bald

World’s First Vegan Supermarket Chain to Open in Portland

Canada’s Meat-Free Butcher Shop Wins on Dragons’ Den!

I stopped eating animals because of human rights

Science is rapidly revealing just how smart animals are

Vegan Medicine: Time to Reach Mainstream


The Secret Reason We Eat Meat – Dr. Melanie Joy

Vegan on $25

Jon and Tracey Stewart Roll Out the ‘Green’ Carpet to Welcome Rescued Goats and Sheep to Their Farm


Your Guide To Aquafaba — The Weird Vegan Egg Replacer

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Good Food Intro to Plant-Based Eating

A very successful Good Food – Intro to Plant-Based Eating workshop was held on Gabriola Island on October 25, 2015. Participants had various reasons for attending, including health, environmental, as well as animal welfare concerns. With lots of information (including questions answered by a registered holistic nutritionist), five food preparation demos, as well as tasting of all the items made, it was a very full and fun afternoon. The food preparation demos consisted of a Classic Green Monster Smoothie, Tomato Herb Flax Seed Crackers, Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, Regal Red Lentil Soup, and Vegan Daz Nice Cream. All these were made from scratch using whole food plant based ingredients.

The hosts Alina, Sigrid, Kathi, and Kim

The smoothie; yes, those blenders can get noisy!

The hummus; that’s tahini being added.

The soup’s just getting started.

The participants!

Thank you for joining us at the workshop!

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How To Get Lots Of Protein As A Vegan

At some point or another, every vegan will be asked what he or she does for protein. It’s a fact of life, as inevitable as daylight savings or taxes. It doesn’t tend to be a popular question among vegans, mostly because we get tired of answering and also because the question is often laced with a touch of incredulity and concern, as if at any moment we might begin wasting in front of the inquirer’s uneasy eyes.

How To Get Lots Of Protein As A Vegan

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Where do you get your protein?

The first in our series Vegan Question of the Every So Often.


Likely the most asked question that is ever asked a vegan. So popular, in fact, that when asked the question “where do you get your protein vegan”, Google came back with about 7,670,000 results, ranging from videos, fact sheets, charts, interviews, and even a few songs! So, here goes with some answers.

Short Answer: Amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are readily found in legumes (beans), grains, vegetables (especially leafy greens), seeds, nuts, and the many soy products like tofu, tempeh, and soymilk. Eating a variety of whole plant–based foods will easily provide all the protein that we need. It turns out that most North Americans actually eat far more protein than their bodies require to be healthy.

Long Answer: The Vegetarian Resource Group provides a comprehensive article entitled “Protein in the Vegan Diet” by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD from Simply Vegan 5th Edition.

Chart Answer:

Interview Answer: Emily, the “Bite Sized Vegan” interviews well known doctor and nutrition expert, Dr. Michael Greger M.D. Lots of information and humorous, too!


Humour Answer:

Answer in a Song: Vegan Smythe, provider of cruelty free music and comedy, answers the question in this cute song!


Questions to Keep the Conversation Going:
1. Have you ever met anyone with a protein deficiency? Do you know the names of any diseases caused by a protein deficiency?
2. Maybe, more importantly, where do you get your fibre? (nutrient which 97% of the population is deficient)?
3. I wonder why some people choose to eat animals for protein, when we can choose to get our protein from plants?

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Why the man who brought us the glycemic index wants us to go vegan

“It’s fair to say Jenkins has had a profound influence on how and what we eat. And now he wants us to radically rethink our diets once again.

This time, though, he may meet a little more resistance: If it were up to Jenkins, he would have us all give up meat, fish and dairy and embrace veganism. And not just for our individual health.”

Read more Why the man who brought us the glycemic index wants us to go vegan