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Health

Study Shows Vegetarian Men Are More Likely To Be Depressed Than Meat-Eating Men

I have a lot of vegan and vegetarian friends, and one argument they hate to deal with is the lack of B12 argument.

Well, here it is again, and this time researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. found that male vegetarians are twice as likely to develop depression because of the lack of B12 vitamins and iron, which often affects mental health, according to the July 28 study titled “Vegetarian diets and depressive symptoms among men.”

The UK study was conducted on 9,668 adult men who identified as vegan or vegetarian. It showed that about 50 percent of vegan men, and seven percent of vegetarians had a vitamin B12 deficiency, and the longer they were vegan and vegetarian, the more likely they were to suffer from depression.

Not only are B12 vitamins not naturally produced by the body, but plants don’t make them either, so we often have to look for foods that come from animals and supplements to get our fix.

 
The lack of B12 argument has been backed before by the Harvard Medical Health blog, saying that a “severe vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to deep depression, paranoia and delusions, memory loss, incontinence,” among other problems.

Of course, meat isn’t the only source of iron and vitamin B12, as it can easily be taken with over the counter supplements, so this study should serve more as awareness that the deficiency exists and is known to have negative consequences. It shouldn’t stop anyone from being vegan or vegetarian, just make sure you get your vitamins in.

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Culture Humor Packaged Food

Beef Jerky Company Markets Itself As The ‘Ashley Madison’ For Vegans

Vegans who are considering cheating on themselves and their diets may have found a new ally.

Beef jerky subscription box company, Stick In A Box, has launched an advertising campaign in which it labels itself as “Ashley Madison” for vegans.

For those of you unfamiliar with the reference, Ashley Madison is an online dating service that married persons looking to “spice up their life a little” could find someone to cheat on their spouse with. Similarly, Stick In A Box aims to sell its jerky by telling vegans that it’s okay to cheat on their lifestyle and have a little jerky instead.

The company apparently came up with the idea a couple of years ago, and asked the internet whether it would work or not. While nobody replied to that particular response, Stick In A Box apparently decided to run with it anyway, and it has begun to generate some talk on the internet.

While it’s not totally clear as to whether this is a joke or not, Stick In A Box is starting to make a blip in the radar, as vegans and meat eaters alike have taken to the Internet with their responses to this campaign.

It’s enough to get people talking, that’s for sure, and in any marketing campaign, if you get people to talk about your product or business, that’s all that matters.

Plus, it’s pretty hilarious to see Stick In A Box tempt and troll vegans with their advertising.

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Cravings Culture Video

Watch Vegans Try Meat For The First Time In Years

Though I can’t imagine a world where I can never eat meat, I can respect practicing vegans and their decision to avoid consuming anything that comes from animals. It can definitely take a lot of will power to adopt that kind of diet.

The folks over at Facts managed to convince some practicing vegans to try meat for the first time in years. Some haven’t touched the protein in decades and others have only been practicing for a few years.

A plethora of meat-heavy items were placed in front of the panel of vegans, ready to be devoured. Items include sausages wrapped in bacon, steak, spicy chicken wings, a burger, and veal.

Hearty stuff.

Check out all the different reactions to the variety of meats they try. Some of the vegans seem disgusted with the taste and textures of the proteins, while others actually appear to delight in trying the dishes just one more time.

Is it wrong how hungry I got watching this?

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Hit-Or-Miss News

Vegan Parents In Italy Could Face Jail Time If This Bill Passes

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Italy seems to believe they have a growing vegan problem, to the point where some of the notorious leaf-eaters might start getting serious jail time.

There is currently a bill circulating that would lock up Italian parents who make their children go vegan. Why? The bill states, veganism promotes “reckless and dangerous eating behavior,” according to La Repubblica.

The bill was introduced by Forza Italia’s Elvira Savino, and she believes that veganism is cool for adults, but making kids follow a no-meat diet could leave them deficient of  iron, zinc and vitamin B-12, which could lead to anemia and possibly even neurological disorders.

Savino figured six years in prison would be an adequate amount of time to punish parents for their meatless ways, but of course there is some opposition, as science experts are snarkily suggesting lawmakers focus on Italy’s obesity epidemic instead.

While PETA always calls meat-eaters murderers and criminals, if this law passes, it might literally work the other way around for Italians. Imagine that.

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Sweets

Vegan-Shunning Donut Shop Enrages Community

Photo Credit: Pip’s Original Doughnuts Facebook

A job ad, for a Portland doughnut shop is now the center of controversy because of a hiring requirement.

Pip’s Original Doughnuts, a shop specializing in miniature doughnuts, posted a restriction of potential hires from having non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions.

The result? Outrage from vegans, vegetarians and alternative diet supporters, many posting one-star reviews and vowing to never go to the business again.

In a Facebook post following the controversy, the owners stated the requirement was the result of employees in the past changing their diets and not being able to eat what the shop serves, which they say “created health safety issues and compromised the excellence and integrity of our product.”

Part of the job does require employees to taste food and drinks.

While the owners are insisting that the requirement is not meant to be “us versus vegans” the hate keeps coming in.


According to Pip’s Doughnuts’ Facebook page the protesters are even trying to purchase donuts and force the shop to sell out.

Many well behaved protesters buying hundreds of doughnuts in a desperate attempt to make us sell out. We are standing strong.

Posted by Pip’s Original Doughnuts on Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Not only are the shop owners standing firm on their statement, the owners seem to be having fun with the hateful comments. The doughnut shop’s response to the one-star-reviews have mainly been a comment of a bracelet saying vegans, peace, love, among other sassy comments.  Screenshot (40)

The owners did offer a compromise. According to a Facebook post, while they don’t plan on changing the job posting, they are willing to consider someone with a voluntary dietary restriction if they send an email. They ask potential candidates to explain “how it would look if you worked for us and what types of workarounds you would propose to maintain the integrity and safety of our product.”

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Hit-Or-Miss News

Guests At A Vegan Cafe Are Assaulted With Chunks Of Meat

The vegan lifestyle is already a difficult one to live as it is. The thought of never eating anything that comes from an animal is quite literally making me sick to my stomach at this very moment. I love beef jerky too much to give it up, sorry I’m not sorry that I’m sorry. Still, that’s one man’s opinion, and that’s where the buck stops. Some people are taking this “kill the vegan” mentality way too far, and it’s beginning to get out of hand.

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Georgia, a Middle Eastern country located in the nook between Asia and Europe, is famous for its particular wines and cobblestone streets, but the capital city of Tbilisi seems to be a cultural battleground lately. The Greek Orthodox church continues to ward off forthcoming western values while people more dedicated to love and acceptance (also known, unfortunately, to many people as “western values”) fight the archaic traditions of their culture.

The Kiwi Cafe, a bohemian cafe in Tbilisi, was assaulted over the weekend by a group of more than a dozen men wielding a wide variety of meats, from sausage links dangling from around necks to grilled meat on skewers to handfuls of fried fish, according to the New York Times. After emptying their hands of their ammunition, the men bravely ran away before any authorities could catch and/or identify them.

I’m all for a a few jokes and jabs here and there when it comes to veganism, but acting out like this is sickening. We don’t know why these people choose to be vegan, and it’s none of our god damn business either. That’s a universal right to privacy we were all given. Vegans need not answer to ANYONE for their decisions, period.

Live your life, vegans. You do you.

 

 

Photo Credit: Kiwi Cafe, Trip Advisor

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Restaurants

This Restaurant Owner Was A Dick To Vegans And It Brought In TONS Of Business

Ah, vegans. There are few sources of entertainment greater than the impassioned rantings of an angry vegan.

Paul Stenson, owner and operator of The White Moose Cafe in Dublin, Ireland, was a firsthand witness to this reaction, as a swarm of infuriated meat-haters bore down upon him with the furious clickety-clack of a thousand netroverts.

The entire online war began after Stenson posted a status to his cafe’s Facebook page, passive-aggressively mocking a vegan who came in and apparently had a hissy fit due to the restaurants lack of vegan-friendly foods.

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The vegan woman this post was intended to taunt eventually saw it and wrote a ferocious review online. After other fellow vegans saw her plight, they quickly joined in to verbally trash the restaurant and the owner for his poor (in their opinion) sense of humor.

As word began to spread of Stenson’s response to the angry diner, more and more vegans and vegan supporters began thrashing the restaurant online, scorning the owner for being “disgusting, disrespectful and ignorant.”

After receiving a multitude of reviews from people who had never even eaten there, Stenson decided to take it a step further.

While his response may have sounded a bit aggressive and his sense of humor a bit rough around the edges, the sarcasm and use of ridiculously faulty logic is evidence enough that he does not intend to shoot vegans at point blank range. His joke caused so much more damage in repercussions that he eventually decided to grow up and apologize to the vegan community.

PSYCH! Paul Stenson, according to these posts from his restaurant’s Facebook page, gives little to no fucks about what people think of his actions. In fact, if you were to visit the White Moose Cafe’s Facebook page, you would see that even today, he is still urging these angry men and women to continue attacking him.

Not only did the vegans’ attempt to shut down White Moose Cafe fail miserably in grand fashion, but their ostentatious and misguided scrutiny also managed to give the restaurant an unreal amount of good publicity. Even amongst the hundreds of death threats Stenson has received, he still manages to keep his sense of humor about him, albeit a pretty dark sense of humor.

In the end, the vegans succeeded in failing to make a difference. Maybe we can get them to start bombarding Foodbeast, if we’re lucky.

Image Sources: Huffington Post, White Moose Cafe Facebook Page

 

 

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Features

Gratuitous Food Porn: Vegan Edition

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The vegan lifestyle has become crazy popular in recent years with proponents advocating it as “kind” lifestyle. With restrictions on animal products of all kinds it seems crazy to a carnivore like myself that sustaining a vegan diet could be possible, I mean c’mon, you can’t even have cheese. What kind of life is that? After much deliberation and a considerable amount of time searching through vegan food blogs I managed to round up alternative recipes that even I would eat. Some of these recipes sound so delicious that you might not even miss the meat or dairy. Maybe. Let’s not get too crazy. Either way this post goes out to the vegans out there livin’ that kind life and helping to save those animals one meal at a time.

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Mac & Cheeze

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Mac and Cheese without the cheese. Isn’t that just Mac then?

Recipe: Vegan Yum Yum

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Vegan Cream of Broccoli Soup

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The “cream” is really cashews soaked in water. Apparently it’s the same thing as milk. Kinda.

Recipe: Joy the Baker

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Sushi Roll Edamame Salad

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Basically a sushi roll that’s been unrolled, chopped up and thrown together minus the fish and topped with Foodbeast’s favorite condiment, Sriracha.

Recipe: Shutterbean

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Vegan Big Mac

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Yes, even vegans sometimes miss the taste of an American classic, a McDonalds Big Mac. Revamped with some vegan friendly substitutions including American “cheese” this seems like a suitable alternative. Or you could just break down and get a real one. Your call.

Recipe: Veggieful

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Spaghetti No-s With Mini Lentil Meatballs

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For your inner child that used to eat meat this is the 100% animal product free version of that canned classic you know and love.

Recipe: The Post Punk Kitchen

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Bulgogi Steak-less Sandwich

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Tofu marinated in Asian flavors, sliced thin and dressed up to look like beef in this Korean sandwich.

Recipe: Manifest Vegan

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Mexican Pizza

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Seitan chorizo and soy cheese are used to mock traditional toppings on this fiesta pizza.

Recipe: Vegan Good Things

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Grilled Mac ‘n’ Cheese BLT

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Vegan or not if I hear the words “mac and cheese” in the same sentence as “BLT” chances are I’m about it.

Recipe: Vegan Yack Attack

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Raw Molten Lava Cake With Goji Berries

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Completely raw and vegan these impressive no bake chocolate lava cakes have all the frills and thrills of the real thing, including the chocolate oozing out of the middle. *drool*

Recipe: This Rawsome Vegan Life

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Peanut Butter Cup Pie

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Another no-bake dessert that brings together the sinfully delicious combo of peanut butter and chocolate into a vegan friendly dessert.

Recipe: Lunch Box Bunch

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Peaches and Cream Donuts

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Peach donuts topped in a dairy free vanilla glaze and garnished in chopped pistachios. Vegans might have the right idea if these is the kind of sweets they’re turning out.

Recipe: Keepin It Kind