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Kombucha – the inside story

GT Dave - low resKombucha is a rising star in the health-food world.  We reached out to GT Dave, founder of GT’s Living Foods, one of the first companies to bring Kombucha to the American market.  Here’s what he told us:

What is Kombucha?

Authentic Kombucha is an organic, raw, and naturally effervescent probiotic tea. The tea is fermented with a Kombucha culture, known as a SCOBY (which looks a lot like a giant mushroom). During fermentation, a variety of beneficial enzymes, probiotics, and organic acids are created. By nature, Kombucha is low in calories, 100% vegan, and dairy-free, making it a wonderful and healthy alternative to soda. Read more

Holiday Pie Recipes

Over the holidays, many people get together to enjoy a meal with family.  Pies make the perfect dessert – portable for potlucks, eye-catching, and delicious.  The challenge is making them as healthy as possible, by avoiding animal products and keeping the sugar and fat to a minimum. This piecrust recipe is both easy and healthy!

For toppings, look for vegan whipped cream, such as Soya Too. Coconut ice cream is another delicious alternative to whipped cream.

Simple and Flaky Piecrust

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Our Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign

AppleRXThe evidence is in. There’s strong evidence that plant-based diets are good medicine for the prevention and treatment of many diseases. But patients have been complaining for years that doctors don’t know anything about this. Their doctors complain that they didn’t learn it in medical schools or even in continuing education classes. This situation has caused too many patients to be deprived of better health and longer lives, while frustrating their doctors every time a patient asks for help. Nothing changed, until now.

Our Prescribe Vegetarian Campaign is designed to change both the medical schools’ curricula and doctors’ continuing education to include the prevention and treatment of disease with a plant- based diet. If you support this campaign, please consider making a tax-deductible donation by clicking on the button below. Vegetarians of Washington is a 501(c)3 organization, registered in the state of Washington.  Here’s our plans, and what we’ve achieved so far:
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Caring for the animals

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If you care about the animals and value their lives and welfare, you’re not alone. Caring about animals has never been more popular in America.

According to a poll conducted by the ASPCA, 94% of Americans agree that animals raised for food deserve to live free from abuse and cruelty. Yet the majority of the nearly 10 billion (yes 10 billion) farm animals raised each year in the U.S. suffer in conditions that consumers would not accept if they could see them. Most of our meat, milk and eggs come from industrial farms where efficiency trumps welfare—and animals are paying the price.

Three factors are driving this increase in caring: the increasing public appreciation of and concern for animals; new scientific information confirming the reality of animal suffering along with the healthfulness of vegetarian diets; and religious and moral leaders who advocate extending moral questions to the humane treatment of animals.

Don’t be fooled by the occasional cow in a pasture. 99% of farm animals in the U.S. are raised in factory farms. A factory farm is a large, industrial operation that raises large numbers of animals for food and which focus on profit and efficiency at the expense of animal welfare.

Modern factory farms revolve only around efficient, low-cost production, which unfortunately results in harsh conditions and greatly increased suffering for billions of farm animals. Don’t think that animals don’t feel pain. Just ask yourself this question, if animals don’t feel pain then why do they test pain medication on animals? Science is demonstrating that both mammals and fish experience pain, and that a vegetarian diet is actually much healthier than consuming animal products.

Many religious and moral leaders have long advocated for the compassionate treatment of animals, and the vegetarian diet that goes along with this. The following quotes illustrate the range of religious leaders who have spoken on this topic:

“The Christian argument for vegetarianism is simple: since animals belong to God….then their needless destruction is sinful.”   The Reverend Professor Doctor Andrew Linzey, Anglican priest and Oxford professor.

“Central rabbinic and spiritual leaders have been affirming vegetarianism.”   Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, Former Chief Rabbi, Israel

“I do feel that spiritual progress does demand that at some stage we should cease to kill our fellow creatures.” Mahatma Ghandi, Hindu Spiritual leader

 

By making vegetarian food choices, you will be saving farm animals with every bite. To learn more, see our handy brochure on farm animals and the importance of going veg.

 

Being Veg’n in Hollywood

It’s all the rage to be vegan in Hollywood these days, so much so that it’s hard to keep up with who’s vegan or vegetarian and who’s not, as various actors and actresses go veg. Many of them have made public statements over the years on why a veg’n diet is important to them, so we thought we’d collect a few:

Casey AfleckCasey Afleck:

“When people ask me why I don’t eat meat or any other animal products, I say, ‘Because they are unhealthy and they are the product of a violent and inhumane industry.”

Alec Baldwin:

“Every time we sit down to eat, we make a choice: Please choose vegetarianism. Do it for animals. Do it for the environment and do it for your health.”

Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain:

“I don’t want to torture anything. … it’s about trying to live a life where I’m not contributing to the cruelty in the world. … While I am on this planet, I want everyone I meet to know that I am grateful they are here.”

Peter Dinklage:

“I love animals. All animals. I wouldn’t hurt a cat or a dog — or a chicken, or a cow. And I wouldn’t ask someone else to hurt them for me. That’s why I’m a vegetarian.”

Woody HarrelsonWoody Harrelson:

“Initially, it was an energetic pursuit, but eventually I did develop a deep compassion for animals. I’d eat a burger, and want to go to sleep. I started for energy. And it has served me well. ”

Ellen Page:

‘Why are vegans made fun of while the inhumane factory farming process regards animals and the natural world merely as commodities to be exploited for profit?’

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman:

“Everyone has to find what is right for them, and it is different for everyone. Eating for me is how you proclaim your beliefs three times a day. That is why all religions have rules about eating. Three times a day, I remind myself that I value life and do not want to cause pain to or kill other living beings. That is why I eat the way I do.”

Alicia Silverstone:

“Nothing’s changed my life more. I feel better about myself as a person, being conscious and responsible for my actions and I lost weight and my skin cleared up and I got bright eyes and I just became stronger and healthier and happier. Can’t think of anything better in the world to be but be vegan.”

Heart Disease – No. 1 cause of death

Artery scanning

Dr Chan Hwang scans the carotid artery of a Vegfest attendee.

Heart disease is still the number one cause of death for both men and women. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. A plant-based diet can reduce your risk of a heart attack by 40%. If you wish your doctor knew about this, we want you to know that we do too! That’s why we wrote a letter to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. They recently published an Expert Consensus Decision Pathway on the role of non-statin therapies for lowering LDL Cholesterol, but they “forgot” to include the plant-based diet!  We told them about their omission, and we published it as an open letter, complete with references to all the latest research on the topic. Read more

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