Can plant-based bacon taste like the real thing? Americans love their bacon, and it’s going to take a lot to get them to switch to plant-based versions. Vegan bacon brands have been around for years, and many of them are delicious. They’re made from a variety of products, such as soy, mushrooms, and wheat-gluten, with flavorings such as soy sauce, rice vinegar, herbs and liquid smoke to give that authentic smoky flavor. Many brands are readily available in grocery stores, giving us lots of choices, but none taste exactly like animal-based bacon.
A French company, La Vie, seems to have cracked the problem. French farmers are so worried about La Vie’s plant-based bacon that the French Pork Lobby have accused La Vie of unfair competition. The Pork Lobby claims that La Vie’s plant-based lardons are so similar to conventional pork alternatives that they must have copied the original flavor. La Vie is flattered by the comparison and thanked the pork lobby for the “nicest compliment”. Taking out a full back page advert in Le Parisien, a French daily newspaper, the bacon innovator directly addresses consumers first. “The pork lobby is attacking us because our veggie lardons are indistinguishable from pork lardons.”
A vegetarian diet can help reduce your risk of breast cancer and that’s very important. Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. Currently, the average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is about 13%. This means there is a 1 in 8 chance she will develop breast cancer.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and American Cancer Society (ACS) cancer prevention guidelines recommend maintaining a healthy weight, undertaking at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, limiting alcohol consumption, and eating a plant-based diet.
A vegetarian diet offers a big health advantage for men. Not only does it help prevent, and even reverse, common diseases that both men and women get, such as heart disease and diabetes, it also offers specific advantages for men’s health.
Some men wonder if a vegetarian diet will affect their testosterone levels. Worry no more! The good news is that plant foods make for great testosterone levels. For instance in a study of British men, vegetarians were found to have slightly higher levels of testosterone than meat eaters, and those who were vegans had slightly higher levels than vegetarians.
Other men think that they need meat to build muscle, but in fact the plant kingdom has plenty of high quality protein sources, especially from all the many kinds of beans, whole grains, nuts and vegetables. Vegetarian athletes can bulk up all they want on plant foods, and not worry about their protein or testosterone levels. Vegetarian athletes have found that their diet helps both their strength and their endurance. The increasing number of famous vegetarian athletes, in virtually every kind of sport, is impressive, real-world evidence of this.