A Los Angeles Vegan Web Magazine
A Nonprofit Vegan Public Service Publication
Serving the World Vegan Community Since January 1999
By Zel and Reuben Allen
JUNE 2018 Vol. 20 NUMBER 6
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF PUBLICATION
Vegetarians in Paradise Receives
Award from Los Angeles County
Celebrate Dad on His Special Day;
Read More and More and More.
Dr. Milton Mills
Receives 24 Carrot Award
Vegetarians in Paradise presents the 24 Carrot Award to an outstanding person or organization that endeavors to practice or promote education, natural health, wholesome nutrition, and ecology techniques for the mutual benefit of humans, animals, and the earth.
Vegetarians in Paradise takes great pride in presenting its 24 Carrot Award to Dr. Milton Mills.
PETA Names Los Angeles
Most Vegan-Friendly City in America
In the past decade, something revolutionary has happened in Los Angeles' food scene. Across the city vegan-friendly eateries have sprouted en masse.
Today there are thousands of restaurants with meat-and dairy-free options in L.A. The movement has been so striking, so deeply and far felt, that on Tuesday, May 15, Los Angeles transcended its former reputation as being a notable vegan-friendly town among a laundry list of others. In an intimate gathering at Moby's Silver Lake bistro, Little Pine, PETA officials crowned L.A. as the Most Vegan-Friendly City in the United States.
James Cameron Says Vegan Diet
Could Put Viagra Out of Business
Hollywood titan James Cameron wants to save the planet by promoting veganism--and he's happy to begin in the bedroom by raising the sexual benefits for men of a plant-based diet.
"I'd love to put Viagra out of business, just by spreading the word on plant-based eating," Cameron said in an interview from Los Angeles.
The Ontario-born director of Titanic and Avatar is executive producer of The Game Changers, one of the buzz films at the 2018 Hot Docs festival.
Is "Pink Slime" Hidden in a Hamburger Today?
"Pink slime is a low-cost product that is rendered from the fatty outside trim of the cow, combined with connective tissue and cartilage, heated up to remove most of the fat, then treated with ammonia to kill E. coli. It is a very scary product that no child--or adult, for that matter--should be expected to eat. Even many fast food chains have stopped using it. Microbiologists have called pink slime a "high risk" product.
"The USDA was set to purchase 7 million pounds of ground beef containing pink slime for use in public school lunches. In response, Bettina Siegel, a Houston mother of two, started an online petition through the website Change.org protesting the use of pink slime in schools. The petition garnered a quarter of a million signatures. In turn, the USDA decided to let schools make the call. In other words, they're passing the buck."
Travel the World in a Culinary Journey;
Zel Pens Unique Articles for Vegetarian Journal
In 2011 Zel Allen continued her culinary journey with another informative article for Vegetarian Journal.
"Living Among Coconuts " featured information about how Filipino cuisine could grace the vegan table.
This is the fourth in a series of articles to appear in that publication and now can be viewed online.
That article begins:
If the foods of the Philippines could speak, their words would reveal amazing tales of primitive tribes, power struggles and wars, invaders and settlers from foreign places, a wild land filled with natural beauty, and rich soil producing a lush jungle brimming with good things to eat. Foods of the indigenous natives gradually mingled with traditional cuisines of the settlers and became the colorful, flavorful melting pot of today's Filipino cuisine.
Scientists Make Vitamin B12 Breakthrough
Scientists at the University of Kent have made a significant discovery about how the vitamin content of some plants can be improved to make vegetarian and vegan diets more complete.
Vitamin B12 (known as cobalamin) is an essential dietary component but vegetarians are more prone to B12 deficiency as plants neither make nor require this nutrient.
But now a team, led by Professor Martin Warren at the University's School of Biosciences, has proved that common garden cress can indeed take up cobalamin.kent
Zel Goes Egyptian With a Koshari Delight
Koshari is a unique and hearty entrée that may have originated in India, undergone some transformation, and finally traveled to Egypt, where it is now considered the national dish. Diners enjoy it in restaurants, at home, and at food stands on the streets.
The finished recipe is not only delightfully eye-appealing but it is also irresistibly delicious and just right for a Father's Day celebration.
Dr. Lawenda Transforms Health Care
Fortunately four years ago, at the age of thirty-eight, worried deeply about my personal and professional future, I discovered the incredible power of food as medicine. I was blown away by what I was learning. I was amazed to learn that there existed a way of eating, namely a whole food, plant-based diet, in which a person could eat until full, without counting calories or measuring / restricting portion size (no portion control!), yet lose significant amounts of weight, regardless of the amount of exercise as well. This same way of eating, I learned, also REVERSES our most common chronic diseases, including our number one killer, heart disease, and our most costly and complicated disease, diabetes. I was very skeptical learning all of this, especially as it was not part of my years of training. Yet, soon I began to realize how much solid scientific evidence existed that more than substantiated these incredible benefits.
Aunt Nettie Performs Crisp Celebration for Dad
Now Father's Day is jes down the road this month an' I know that deserves somethin' mighty deeeelicious. So, I come up with a dessert that's gonna make all them celebratin' Dads mighty happy on their speshul day.
It took a tad o' time, but I done pitted ever' single one o' them little red cherries and picked some nice stalks o' rhubarb outta the garden. I put 'em together in a great big bowl, mixed in some sugar an' spices along with some mighty big golden raisins an' figured it might-could come out jes fine.
Big Guys Are Taking Over;
Large Conglomerates Swallow Vegan Companies
The big guys, giant food conglomerates, have noticed a greater public acceptance, desire, and demand for meatless products. They want to play a greater role in the plant-based food wave because they see the large dollar signs. The easiest way to achieve this goal is to buy or merge with a successful company that markets plant-based foods.
The merger may be beneficial to the vegan community by making products similar to those sold by companies like Daiya more widespread and accessible. In other instances the purchasing company seeking greater profits destroys the vision of the small company and introduces a product/products that deviate from concepts established by the absorbed company.
Evolution Burger Brings Vegan Food Truck
To San Fernando Valley
You couldn't ask for a more convenient food truck location. Parked on the east side of Reseda Boulevard at Northridge Park, about 1 1/2 blocks south of Devonshire, Evolution Burger is the only food truck there from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday.
You never have to go hunting for a place to sit down and enjoy your burger. About 200 yards from the truck, in the park are several picnic tables complete with trash barrels. And while you're eating, you might welcome a curious little sparrow chirping away and ready to visit your table for crumbs as soon as you leave.
Jazzy Vegetarian Shares What's Deliciously Vegan
Talented singer, television personality, and cookbook author Laura Theodore doesn't waste a precious minute of creative endeavor! Laura has just launched her fourth cookbook, Jazzy Vegetarian's Deliciously Vegan introducing over 175 sparkling new recipes with striking full-color photos on almost every page.
Laura began her career as a singer, evolving from rock and roll to engaging, self-styled jazz. During her singing career, she gravitated toward the delicious food of her childhood, collecting and preparing favorite family recipes. Eventually, she became vegan and developed new recipe favorites. As the Jazzy Vegetarian, this innovative chef introduced a host of delicious vegan recipes on her PBS television cooking show Jazzy Vegetarian Vegan and Delicious produced by Virtual Media Productions and landed her first cookbook The Jazzy Vegetarian.
Ticked Off People Don't Eat Meat
Ticks are horrifying, plain and simple. Even if they weren't vectors for nasty infections, the fact that they swell up like tiny blood balloons and then burst if you don't remove them properly is enough to make you never want to set foot in the woods again. And guess what: they can also make you allergic to hot dogs and hamburgers, which is pretty darn unpatriotic for a tick named Amblyomma americanum.
It's a case of cruel irony indeed that a tick named after Texas can render you unable to eat red meat. If it's sushi you crave, you'll be just fine, but barbecue is out of the question. If you're bitten by a lone star tick and get the short end of the stick, what you really become allergic to is a carbohydrate called galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose.
VeggieTaster Returns with Three Vegan Delights
This Yogurt Goes Down As Smooth As Silk
Tone Up with the VIP Diet
Tons of diet books make their debut at the beginning of the year because publishers know the inevitable--so many people have added pounds during the year-end festivities. Most diet books promise a new, slimmed-down you that will be the envy of all your friends.
The number of people staying on these diet plans for any length of time is amazingly low, yet not surprising. Most of these diets fail because people feel deprived by the limited calories and smaller portions that leave them hungry and unsatisfied.
Meatless Monday: an Initiative We Should All Support
If we are judged by the company we keep, we are in good company. Vegetarians in Paradise bedfellows turn out to be an impressive group of organizations interested in public health.
The roster of organizations includes Columbia University Mailman School of Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. They're all on board to promote Meatless Monday, a campaign to improve national health and benefit the environment. We would like to urge our readers to join us in bringing this message to the attention of the public.
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