Does a plant-based diet really help beat COVID-19?

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Since the beginning of the pandemic, it’s been suggested that certain foods or diets may offer protection against COVID-19. But are these sorts of claims reliable?

A recent study published in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health sought to test this hypothesis. It found that health professionals who reported following diets that are vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian (those that exclude meat but include fish) had a lower risk of developing moderate-to-severe COVID-19.

Additionally, the study found that those who said they eat a low-carbohydrate or high-protein diet seemed to have an increased risk of contracting moderate-to-severe COVID-19.

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Vegetarians and non-vegetarians embrace different motives for adopting a plant-based diet

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Both vegetarians and non-vegetarians are motivated to adopt (or to consider adopting) a plant-based diet for health reasons. However, vegetarians are more strongly motivated to pursue a plant-based diet for animal rights and environmental reasons than non-vegetarians. These findings come from a study published in the journal Collabra: Psychology.

Interest in plant-based nutrition has been steadily rising in Western culture, likely due to growing concerns about sustainability and the environment. Still, a vegetarian diet remains an unpopular choice — the majority of Westerners are non-vegetarians.

Researcher Christopher J. Hopwood and his team were interested in exploring how the motivations for

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Vegan And Vegetarian Grilling Recipes For A Plant-Based Cookout

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You’ve likely heard plenty of reasons you should cut back on your meat and dairy consumption: The production of animal products has numerous negative ramifications for your health, the environment and the welfare of animals.

The good news is that even the smallest cutbacks can make a profoundly positive impact. The “Meatless Mondays” movement, for example, which encourages consumers to eliminate meat just one day a week, calculated that if everyone who knows about Meatless Mondays — 32% of Americans surveyed — followed it faithfully for 52 weeks, it would be the equivalent of taking 1.6 million cars off the

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10 Whole-Food, Plant-Based Recipes We Love!

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It’s time for another round-up of One Green Planet Whole-Foods, Plant-Based (WFPB) meals for you to create and devour.  If you are not in the know, or you need a reminder, a person following a WFPB diet puts emphasis on whole foods, such as legumes, ancient grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seeds while eliminating refined sugar, processed oil, and white flour.

If processed foods are entered into the diet at all, it is usually only minimally processed foods with 5 or less ingredients.  That is to say, it doesn’t have to be an outright ban on processed foods if you

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How to eat a plant-based diet

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Plant-based diets are becoming more popular — here’s how do start one.


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When it comes to healthy eating, vegan and vegetarian diets can look pretty restrictive. Nixing all or most animal-based products from your diet (while potentially more sustainable) can feel really depriving if you’re used to having meat, cheese or eggs on a daily basis. 

If you’re looking to reap some of the health benefits that can come from a more restrictive plan like veganism (like lower inflammation levels, for example) good news: you don’t have to give up all of your favorite foods.

Plant-based eating,

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Taco Bell New Plant-Based Protein for Vegans and Vegetarians

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  • Taco Bell is testing a vegetarian protein made from chickpeas and peas.
  • The chain is usually considered a top fast food option for vegans and vegetarians.
  • In March, the chain put potatoes back on the menu after backlash at their removal. 
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Taco Bell is testing its own plant-based protein creation called the “Cravetarian” Taco. 

The new vegan creation is made of a blend of peas and chickpeas, and comes with shredded cheese, lettuce, diced tomatoes, and sour cream in a crunchy shell. Taco Bell says the new dish comes in at 180 calories,

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