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  • Los Angeles Gets Ready for Second Vegan Oktoberfest

    Los Angeles is home to the Vegan Beer and Food Festival, a Vegan Street Fair, and as counterintuitive as it may seem, the popular Vegan Oktoberfest, which runs next weekend, October 3-4. Now in its second year, Vegan Oktoberfest has vegans and non-vegans alike counting the days until the festival’s doors open. More

  • Kids ARE Pure Evil: They Throw Away Healthy School Lunches, Study Finds

    Okay, so as every parent knows, kids are pure evil. I’ve watched my daughter torture cherry tomatoes like they were on trial for war crimes. (Just mine? Really?) But here’s proof that it’s not just your kid (or mine) who’s the devil incarnate: They’re throwing away perfectly good-for-them fruits and vegetables. Duh, you’re thinking, right? That’s not news. What kid doesn’t scoff at Brussels sprouts? But mommies and daddies, now we have actual SCIENCE to back us up. Pass the wine. More

  • On the Quest for Healthy Carbs, the Debate Continues: Should We or Shouldn’t We Eat Grains?

    Comfort foods get their generalized nickname for obvious reasons; we reach for certain foods, namely those carb-heavy foods like sweets, fried foods, breads, and pasta, when we’re feeling stressed, depressed, or even under the weather. We may also reach for them when we’re feeling especially good, comforting ourselves through the jitteriness of a budding new romance, a new job, a long overdue vacation. But that word “carbs” often comes to mean only those unhealthy indulgences, not taking into account healthy carbs like fruit and whole grains. More

  • Are French Farmers on the Verge of a Full-Scale Rebellion?

    French farmers may conjure imagery of the purest food, of quaintness, quietude, and lolling about in rolling bucolic hills on the French countryside. But in a big move against multinational agricultural trade agreements, French farmers are stepping off their land and taking to the streets. More

  • 99 Things to do This Summer if You Love Vegan Food

    Summer is essentially here and that means longer days and of course, a lot more time to eat vegan food. It’s the perfect time to experiment with recipes and make food appreciation a part of every day—especially vegan food. More

  • Healthy Weight Loss on a Vegan Diet

    When we think about weight loss, we often think about restriction, suffering, giving up delicious food, eating lots of cabbage. But healthy weight loss doesn’t have to be awful. In fact, it’s one of the first side effects people report when switching to a vegan diet, besides all of the yummy foods they get to eat. More

  • Hey (California) Hipsters, You Can Still Drink Almond Milk

    Even before the California drought was threatening food security for basically every American, almond milk drinkers were being singled out. No longer could California’s Millennials sip their almond milk lattes in peace, they were now pariahs, wastefully sloshing around a few almonds in a whole lot of water for an over-priced latte they probably had to stand in line a half an hour to get. What a way to spend a Saturday. Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott lovingly scolded almond milk drinkers last year for partaking in “an abuse of a great foodstuff,” he wrote, noting that a protein-packed almond gets quite diluted in a jug of almond milk (which is mostly water)—a fool’s gold, of sorts. More

  • You Can Get KALE at McDonald’s Now

    McDonald’s is reportedly now serving kale in select Southern California locations, despite taking aim at the trendy leafy green vegetable in a recent ad campaign. More

  • PepsiCo Swaps Artificial Sweetener in Diet Pepsi to Revive Slumping Sales

    As consumers across the country are embracing healthier foods, PepsiCo announced that it’s removing aspartame, the controversial artificial sweetener in its popular Diet Pepsi soft drink. The company says it is switching to a sucralose-based sweetener, better known as Splenda, an artificial sweetener the company believes is less controversial than aspartame and could help declining sales rebound. More

  • Kale Just Stopped Being Cool

    Pass the watercress. Or the arugula. I’ll even take some purple cabbage; anything dark, leafy and other than kale, please. More

  • The IKEA Vegan Meatballs Actually Exist Now, and They’re Made of Kale

    We reported on this story a while back and it’s now official: IKEA is offering a vegan take on its popular Swedish meatballs throughout its U.S. locations. The new IKEA vegan meatballs, named GRÖNSAKSBULLAR, made “entirely of vegetables” including the ever-popular leafy green kale, are available at IKEA locations for $4.49 for a pack of ten. More

  • Flamin’ Hot Cheetos: ‘Smart’ Snack or Totally Stupid One?

    Flamin’ Hot Cheetos—the spicy, cheesy, leave your fingers day-glow orange while your stomach burns flamin’-hot snack loved by children and adults alike—is as healthy a food as is the Twinkie. But according to recent federal guidelines on healthy snack options for children, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos now qualify as a “Smart Snack” in our nation’s schools. A snack they may technically be, but smart?
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  • The Vegan Quiche Recipe That Will Probably Make You a Vegan Quiche Addict

    I’m pretty certain that I never once–not ever!–ate quiche in the first 40 or so years of my life. That is, until a few months ago. Eggs were never my thing and quiche sounded too fancy to bother with anyway. But then I discovered vegan quiche and everything changed. It’s safe to say I’m obsessed. More

  • 9 Plant-Based Foods that Lower Blood Sugar

    Millions of Americans are diabetic or pre-diabetic. It’s an epidemic that’s not only treatable, but preventable. What we eat helps. These foods that lower blood sugar are plant-based, effective and just also happen to be delicious. More

  • The Best Coffee Comes in White Mugs [Study]

    Not loving the taste of your coffee? Have you considered changing the color of your coffee mug? According to recent research, it may make all the difference between ordinary and the best coffee ever. More

  • Bacon Production Implicated as Air Pollution Cause in China

    Air pollution is a serious problem in China and around the world. In China specifically, though, much of it is coming from the rapid production of coal plants, increased car emissions and a high number of construction projects. But what about bacon?
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  • Does Music Enhance the Natural Flavor of Food?

    If there are two things I love, they’re music and food. They often go together: KUSC’s classical music with my morning coffee and toast or one of my favorite records of the year with a late lunch. I’ve often felt like the right music made food taste better but now there’s science to back that up. Certain music, the research finds, brings out the natural flavor of food in the most unique ways. More

  • Why I Didn’t Return Monsanto’s Phone Call

    A few weeks ago, I received an email from a PR person identifying herself as writing on behalf of Monsanto, the multinational biotech company that’s so vilified, there’s an annual “March Against Monsanto” event. More

  • How to Eat Less for the Climate (and Your Health)

    We all know how to eat less and why it’s better for our health. It’s as simple as not taking another bite of cake. Or twenty. But even though we know how to eat less, we don’t often do it, especially this time of year when sweets and treats abound. But eating less is not just an issue about our preserving our waistline and reducing our risks of becoming obese or developing diabetes. It may also help reduce our impact on climate change and food waste. More

  • Healthy Kids Eat ‘Grown-Up Food’ and Like It

    As parents, we want a better life for our kids. We want to raise healthy kids who don’t ever experience that 3 o’clock slump that as adults we often fight off with caffeine and sugar. We want our children to eat better and to like it. More

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