Vegan news

3rd July 2015


The first vegan sushi cafe is opening up in Sydney (Newtown). “Mother-and-son team Pepe Marshall and Guy Renner, the duo behind the unique concept, would spend their time sharing their homemade vegan sushi at King Cross and Rozelle markets before overwhelming demand led them to open a cafe.”


“Dane Blackburn and Laura Anderson, from Melbourne, decided to create a quick, easy, and nutritious food option for health conscious and time poor city slickers that could be picked up as easily as pulling a jar from a vending machine.”

27th June 2015


Adelaide in Australia has a vegan supermarket! Everything Vegan (172 Goodwood Rd, Goodwood) opened this month. All the stock is vegan and they also have a cafe which services vegan food. This article features a range of vegan-friendly outlets in Adelaide.

While we’re on the topic on cafe’s, there is a crowd-funding campaign for a new vegan cafe in Australia. This cafe is partnering up with a no-kill rabbit shelter. Not only are they hoping to create an environment where they can find new homes for the rabbits, they are also wanting to provide rehabilitation opportunities for people with mental illness and disabilities.


Diabetes: For type 2 diabetics with neuropathy, a low-fat vegan diet may help reduce physical pain related to the condition, a small study suggests. 

B12 and acne: There are some articles doing the rounds about some recent research looking at a possible link between B12 and acne. Unfortunately, some of the articles are very badly written, suggesting that people with acne should become vegan and avoid all B12! There were only 10 people in the study and 1 of them broke out in acne a week after being injected with B12. This was accompanied by some lab studies showing that adding B12 to bacteria resulted in the production of compounds called porphyrins, which promote inflammation in acne. Please keep in mind that the study was based on B12 injections, and most of us aren’t exposed to that much B12. It’s fantastic that research like this is being done so that we can understand the possible implications of B12 supplemental excess (please don’t take more than advised), but we shouldn’t be going to extremes and halting B12 supplementation altogether: nerve damage, coma and death is a far worse problem to be facing than acne. Here is one of the better articles reporting on this research.

23rd February 2015

Major dietary guidelines report recommends decreasing meat consumption
For environmental benefits as well as to reduce chronic disease and obesity.

The U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the top panel of nutritionists in the country, which meets every five years, has found that the Standard American Diet is taking a serious toll on American’s health. Two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese, while half of all adults have chronic diseases related to poor diet and a lack of exercise. Their findings will contribute to the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are then, in turn, used to design cafeteria meals for millions of children.

“The major findings regarding sustainable diets were that a diet higher in plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and lower in calories and animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with less environmental impact than is the current U.S. diet,” reads the report.

A few weeks earlier I had read an interesting article titled How The ‘Death Of Meat’ Could Impact Your Portfolio, based on the possibility that the panel actively discourage meat consumption. And while environmentalists are pleased, health professionals aren’t as happy as you might expect, because they feel there is some confusing advice from the panel regarding cholesterol. Dr Neal Bernard blog provides good insight into the cholesterol issue, while also questioning the inclusion of seafood and dairy.

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