For many, rap music is an acquired taste. How appropriate, then, that one of the most successful rappers in the music business is such a beloved advocate for acquiring the taste and health benefits of a vegan diet. We’re talking about Common, of course, and we’re thrilled to hear about the new YouTube channel he launched recently, called Com+Well. Through interviews and interactions with practitioners of all forms of healthy living, he’s expanding the reach of the plant-based message in a gentle and genuine way to many who may have never heard it. Regardless of whether or not rap is your thing, don’t miss watching his introductory video to hear his personal story and to feel good about the future of healthy living for all of us.
Com+Well channel: https://www.youtube.com/Thinkcommon
A young woman is eating a standard diet, including meat. One day she realizes that she doesn’t like the way she’s been feeling and decides to try giving up animal products for a while to see if that makes a difference. She immediately feels a lot better physically and at the same time is learning more about animal rights issues, so she decides to make the change permanent. But in this case, it wasn’t the standard American diet she was giving up, it was the standard Nigerian diet. And Tomi Makanjuola wasn’t just satisfied with her own improvement, she’s showing the world that healthy, plant-based eating is not stereotypically limited to any culture. As a London-based chef and cookbook author, Tomi has a thriving catering and cooking class business, created and runs The Vegan Nigerian internet platform, and can boast 30K social media followers. Hers is also one of four stories featured in an Upfield-sponsored mini-documentary series, A Better Plant-Based Future, which we highly recommend for all four vegan profiles. And click the link below to read Tomi’s interview in Bustle. She’s inspired us (and made us hungry!), and we bet she will do the same for you, too!
Vegans and vegetarians should already know that they need to be aware of their B12 vitamin levels. But according to Tufts University research cited in a recent article at LiveKindly.co, B12 deficiency is affecting up to 40% of all Americans. The article is recommended reading as a good introduction to this essential vitamin, including how to get enough. For plant-based people a B12 supplement is nearly always necessary, preferably one in a spray or lozenge that is dissolved under the tongue. Also, note that Dr. Michael Greger has several excellent videos on B12 on his nutritionfacts.org website, including “How to Test for Functional Vitamin B12 Deficiency,” which warns why a blood test alone might not give you the full picture of your B12 needs, and what to do about it.
Yes, there is a societal stigma about veganism, and faunalytics.org has the supporting data. That doesn’t mean, of course, that going plant-based dooms us to a life of ostracism and loneliness; there are lots of ways we can follow our health and ethical values while maintaining existing relationships and participating in cultural traditions. Not to mention the joy of connecting with a large and growing community of plant-based people with whom we’re bound to share many values and interests. Still, it’s helpful to know the extent of the stigma, so we can best prepare ourselves and know how to advocate for better understanding. And faunalytics.org has summarized a wide range of research on this phenomenon. In addition to their concise and readable summary, they’ve provided links to the specific studies, which examine vegan stigma from the unique standpoints of people from different races, body weights, sexual identities, and more.
Full article: https://faunalytics.org/veganism-stigma-and-you/
Got climate anxiety? And it’s getting worse? You’re not alone. And according to the experts, as described in this article by Kells McPhillips on wellandgood.com, that can actually be a good thing. It’s spurring more people to act, for one thing, and goodness knows we need that. And it also means that we’re developing a more emotional connection to the planet. Given how difficult it has proven to get people to accept the logical, scientific evidence for climate change, a strong, world-wide emotional groundswell would be more than welcome. But we don’t need to suffer from this anxiety, if there’s something we can do to make us feel that we’re part of the solution. And eating plant-based is just about the perfect step each of us can take, because the benefits to the planet from our avoiding animal products in our lives is huge. Plus, the physical health benefits are just as dramatic. Read the full article for the full story, including links to the research.
We just heard about this new TV series, and we can’t wait to check it out. Two of today’s biggest rock stars travel the world to hang out, rock, and share plant-based meals with the likes of Kevin Smith, Moby, and the crew of the Sea Shepherd. It’s called Highway to Health, and you can put this trip on your GPS later this year.
It’s well known that switching to a plant-based diet significantly reduces cholesterol levels and the risks of many chronic diseases. And now there’s evidence that the elimination of blood-based iron in this switch may also lengthen lifespans. A research study published in Nature Communications and summarized by ScienceAlert looked at data from over one million people and controlled for many other factors to pinpoint excess iron as a likely cause of decreased longevity. “We speculate that our findings on iron metabolism might also start to explain why very high levels of iron-rich red meat in the diet has been linked to age-related conditions such as heart disease.”
The author of The China Study, and one of the most influential experts on plant-based nutrition has provided his thoughts on one very important way we can all fight Covid-19. In an article dated 25June2020 on his Center for Nutrition Studies website, Dr T. Colin Campbell drew on his many years of field and laboratory research, which showed that people eating a plant-based diet have more antibodies than those eating animal products: “Switching to a whole-food, plant-based diet should lessen the severity of disease symptoms while simultaneously increasing COVID-19 antibodies, a win-win effect.”