Company Launches Vegan Burger With the Fewest Ingredients in the World

Hello Plant Foods, specialising in the production of 100% plant-based meat, is entering the Spanish market with the Hello Burger, which according to the company is “the first fully plant-based burger made with the lowest number of ingredients in the world (only ten)”.

In a press release, the company claims that the quality of its burger “has enabled Hello Plant to get top chefs, influencers and investors interested in supporting the company.”

In a matter of just three months, the company has managed to position itself in the professional channel (restaurants, cafeterias and hotels) in more than 200 points of sale throughout Spain, and its forecasts predict that this figure will multiply exponentially in the coming months to reach some 600 points of sale by the end of the year in its first year on the market and close distributions in at least four countries.

“We offer a product of excellent gastronomic and nutritional quality that serves to reach all consumers based on respect for all food options,” explains Javier Fernández Álvarez de Carrizo, CEO and founder of Hello Plant Foods.

The Hello Plant team has achieved certain levels of quality thanks to a large investment in R&D over two and a half years, together with the work of an “elite” staff that includes gastronomic experts, advisors, nutritionists and prestigious chefs.

“The most complex thing has been to develop a high-quality product with only ten ingredients and without using unhealthy ones,” says Fernández.

Source: Vegconomist

Study: Reading, Puzzles May Delay Alzheimer’s by 5 Years

An active mind in old age may delay Alzheimer’s disease by up to five years, a new study suggests.

Activities like reading, writing letters, playing cards or doing puzzles may prolong brain health even for those in their 80s, researchers say.

“The key element is that you’re processing information,” said lead researcher Robert Wilson, a professor in the neurological sciences department at Rush University Medical Center, in Chicago.

“Reading is certainly important, but anything that stimulates the mind and is challenging to you intellectually can be helpful,” he said.

Wilson cautioned that this study can’t prove that being mentally active delays dementia, but it “suggests that reading and various cognitive activities may be helpful.”

Although other studies have shown that an active mind delays dementia, this study put a real-world timeframe on the delay.

“There are already estimates that a five-year delay in the onset of this disease could reduce its impact by 40% in the population,” he said.

For the study, Wilson’s team collected data on nearly 2,000 people with an average age of 80 who did not have dementia at the start of the study.

Over seven years, participants were given several mental acuity, or cognitive, tests.

At the start, participants were asked how often they read books and how often they played games like checkers, board games, cards or puzzles in the past year. Participants were also asked about cognitive activity in childhood, adulthood and middle age.

Over the follow-up period, 457 people with an average age of 89 developed Alzheimer’s dementia. Those who had the highest levels of mental activity developed dementia at 94. Those with the lowest levels developed dementia at 89, the researchers found.

Wilson’s group also studied the brains of 695 people who died during the study. They looked for markers of Alzheimer’s like amyloid and tau deposits and tangles, but no association between mental activity and markers of Alzheimer’s disease or other disorders in the brain was found.

Wilson noted that “keeping mentally active is not a pill to stop the underlying plaques and tangles” linked with Alzheimer’s disease. The buildup of amyloid protein plaques in the brain, as well as “tangles” of another protein, tau, are hallmarks of the illness.

Although there are no effective treatments or cures for Alzheimer’s, Wilson and another expert, Dr. Sam Gandy of New York City, said the study adds to evidence that lifestyle changes are one way to help ward off dementia.

“This fits beautifully with decades of basic science and provides the first detailed ‘prescription’ for cognitive activity that doctors can offer to their patients and to the public at large,” said Gandy. He is associate director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and a professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

“We have had three sessions of 30 minutes each per week of brisk walking or weight training for a while. Now we can add this cognitive activity prescription to our repertoire,” Gandy said.

Wilson added, “Changing lifestyles to be more conducive to having a healthy brain can have an enormous impact on your risk for this disease.”

The report was funded by the U.S. National Institute on Aging, and published online in the journal Neurology.

Source: HealthDay

What’s for Lunch?

Vegetarian Set Meal at VegeCafe Lotus in Toyohashi, Japan

The main dish is Boiled Veggie Dumplings.

Toward One Drug to Treat All Coronaviruses

Safe and effective vaccines offer hope for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the possible emergence of vaccine-resistant SARS-CoV-2 variants, as well as novel coronaviruses, make finding treatments that work against all coronaviruses as important as ever. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Proteome Research have analyzed viral proteins across 27 coronavirus species and thousands of samples from COVID-19 patients, identifying highly conserved sequences that could make the best drug targets.

Drugs often bind inside “pockets” on proteins that hold the drug snugly, causing it to interfere with the protein’s function. Scientists can identify potential drug-binding pockets from the 3D structures of viral proteins. Over time, however, viruses can mutate their protein pockets so that drugs no longer fit. But some drug-binding pockets are so essential to the protein’s function that they can’t be mutated, and these sequences are generally conserved over time in the same and related viruses. Matthieu Schapira and colleagues wanted to find the most highly conserved drug-binding pockets in viral proteins from COVID-19 patient samples and from other coronaviruses, revealing the most promising targets for pan-coronavirus drugs.

The team used a computer algorithm to identify drug-binding pockets in the 3D structures of 15 SARS-CoV-2 proteins. The researchers then found corresponding proteins in 27 coronavirus species and compared their sequences in the drug-binding pockets. The two most conserved druggable sites were a pocket overlapping the RNA binding site of the helicase nsp13, and a binding pocket containing the catalytic site of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase nsp12. Both of these proteins are involved in viral RNA replication and transcription. The drug-binding pocket on nsp13 was also the most highly conserved across thousands of SARS-CoV-2 samples taken from COVID-19 patients, with not a single mutation. The researchers say that novel antiviral drugs targeting the catalytic site of nsp12 are currently in phase II and III clinical trials for COVID-19, and that the RNA binding site of nsp13 is a previously underexplored target that should be a high priority for drug development.

Source: American Chemical Society

Stir-fried Tofu and Beansprouts with Noodles

Ingredients

8 oz firm tofu
peanut oil, for deep frying
6 oz medium egg noodles
l tbsp sesame oil
l tsp cornflour
1/2 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp Chinese rice wine
l tsp sugar
6-8 spring onions, cut diagonally into l-inch lengths
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 green chili, seeded and sliced
4 oz Chinese cabbage leaves, coarsely shredded
2 oz beansprouts
2 oz cashew nuts, toasted

Method

  1. Drain the tofu and pat dry with kitchen paper. Cut the tofu into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Half-fill a large heated wok with peanut oil and heat to 180°C/350°F.
  3. Deep fry the tofu cubes in batches for 1-2 minutes, until golden and crisp. Drain on crumpled kitchen paper.
  4. Carefully pour all but 2 tbsp of the oil from the wok.
  5. Cook the noodles. Rinse them under cold water and drain well. Toss in 2 tsp of sesame oil and set aside.
  6. In a bowl, blend together the cornflour, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and remaining sesame oil.
  7. Reheat the 2 tbsp of peanut oil and, when hot, add the spring onions, garlic, chili, Chinese cabbage and beansprouts. Stir-fry for 1-2 minutes.
  8. Add the tofu with the noodles and sauce. Stir-fry for about 1 minute until well mixed. Sprinkle with the cashew nuts. Serve at once.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Essential Vegetarian


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