Is the Keto Diet Safe for Vegans?

Olivia Petter wrote . . . . . . . . .

Vegans are used to being subjected to ridicule by their omnivore friends, who relish in teasing them for their restrictive diets, which they perceive to consist exclusively of gruel and leaves.

As a vegan of a mere six months, I can understand the scepticism. I don’t eat meat, fish, dairy or eggs, but that doesn’t mean I’m bound to a life of lettuce and chia seeds.

Thanks to the advent of plant-based alternatives to all of the aforementioned products, going vegan has never been easier, that is, unless you decide to take on the unapologetically-oppressive beast that is the vegan ketogenic diet.

When you combine the unrelenting parameters imposed by keto with the limitations of veganism, it’s like sacrificing your soul to the spirits of culinary joy – there is literally nothing left to satiate you.

While motivations for following a vegan diet range from ethical to environmental, the ketogenic diet is exclusively designed for weight loss.

It’s a low-carb, high-fat plan designed to put your body in the optimum metabolic state for fat-burning, known as ketosis.

A conventional keto diet is rich in high-quality meats, yoghurts and cheeses, not so good for the vegan folk.

It was recently ranked the “worst fad diet” in an annual list compiled by the US News & World Report, so it might not even be that good for the non-vegan folk either.

The difficulty with following both diets simultaneously is that many of the keto’s “out-of-bounds” foods are staples for vegans, such as fruits, grains and legumes, making it very tricky for the layman vegan to combine the two and maintain a semblance of sanity, let alone nutritional value.

I realised this firsthand when I tried this woeful pairing for seven days via a trendy celebrity-style delivery service which promised to make me look and feel like Gwyneth Paltrow.

Needless to say, I look and feel no more like a moon juice-drinking, vaginal-steaming Hollywood starlet than I did before trying the diet – and I’m okay with that.

My plan involved having three meals and two snacks a day – all of which was delivered to my door – with every meal excluding the foods I typically rely on to survive, such as quinoa, bananas and basically every carbohydrate you can dream of.

“How hard could it be?” I remember thinking, “I’m a vegan, I can do the restrictive thing. I got this.”

However, after seeing day one’s breakfast – a self-identifying “kale and olive salad” – my flagrant hubris that I could take on the vegan keto diet in all its draconian glory was quickly crushed.

My pessimism was only exacerbated over the seven-day-long period, during which time I was forced to supplement almost every pallid meal with at least three slices of toast.

To give you an idea of the kind of travesties I was dealing with, a typical day following my vegan keto plan would consist of a flaccid salad breakfast followed by a green juice or a small handful of walnuts.

Lunch might be a bean sprout and spinach salad or a garlic mushroom pile-up masking itself as a burger.

Another snack would follow – perhaps a protein ball or some cucumber sticks – and then it was time for dinner, which was as joy-deprived as its preceding meals.

I don’t think I’ve eaten quite so much bread in my life as I did during that one week.

I should mention that I’m not just a glutton, I’m also a keen gym-goer, meaning that I need more than leaves and nuts to sustain my energy levels, let alone my mood.

It turns out I’m not alone in thinking the vegan keto diet isn’t the best idea, a number of dietitians have also criticised it online for its lack of nutritional value.

The tricky thing is that veganism alone already puts you at risk of a number of nutritional deficiencies, such as calcium, vitamin D, B12 and iron, which are only exacerbated with the addition of ketogenic limitations.

“Combining veganism and a ketogenic diet may be extremely dangerous,” leading Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert told The Independent.

“You will most likely find yourself very low in energy and lacking essential nutrients from the diet. You just can’t beat a well-balanced diet that includes a variety of complex carbs, proteins, essential fats and plenty of fruit and veg.”

Lambert added that the research surrounding conventional ketogenic diets suggests it may only be beneficial with those with epilepsy and under no circumstances should be pursued long-term without professional supervision.

Back to the bread basket I go.

Source: Independent

Vegan Vending Machine Installed at a Hospital in Vancouver, Canada

Nicole Axworthy wrote . . . . . . . . .

A vegan vending machine was recently installed in Canada’s Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, BC.

Nicknamed the “mending machine,” the machine offers 100-percent organic, gluten-free, plant-based items from The Green Moustache Organic Café, such as Buddha bowls, superfood salads, raw Pad Thai, veggie wraps, and desserts such as lemon cheesecake, chocolate brownies, and caramel date squares, which are made fresh and delivered daily.

“It has been a lifelong dream of mine to get Green Moustache food into hospitals—for healthcare workers and patients,” Nicolette Richer, Green Moustache Juice Inc. founder and CEO, said. “Rates of chronic disease are at epidemic highs and access to nutrient-rich food is vital for helping Canadians stop the progression of chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, cancer, and more. Our vending machine addresses the much-needed convenience of access to quick and tasty meals that don’t compromise on nutrition and quality. It is a first step towards revolutionizing healthcare.”

Last year, The Green Moustache debuted its first vending machine inside a sports center in Whistler, BC and aims to place the machines in additional communities across Canada.

Source: Veg News

Starbucks Locations in Canada are Launching Vegan Yogurt Parfaits and Plant-based Bagel

Grace Mahas wrote . . . . . . . . .

In an effort to cater to vegan consumers, Starbucks Canada has announced it will expand its product line to include vegan yogurt parfait and plant-based everything bagels. The news was shared via a Twitter post from a Starbucks employee who stated that the QSR is removing the cheese from its everything bagel and introducing a dairy-free blueberry yogurt parfait.

This is not the first shift Starbucks has made to appeal to vegans. Back in October, the brand debuted the ‘Witch’s Brew Crème Frappuccino’ that could be modified to be vegan upon request. Additionally, the Starbucks Canada also released a vegan macadamia cookie in 2018 made from oatmeal, coconut, almonds, and macadamia nuts.

As more consumers seek cruelty-free food options, many QSR, including Starbucks Canada, have shifted their products to meet customer demands for plant-based foods.

Source: Trend Hunter

In Pictures: Home-cooked Vegetarian and Vegan Dishes

Vegan pad thai with peanut butter and purple sprouting broccoli

Celery and peanut wontons with chilli soy sauce

Vegan tomato curry

Vegan black rice salad with blistered broccoli and miso dressing

Vegan new potato, chard and coconut curry

Paneer, spinach and tomato salad

Vegan Boba Tea Debuts in Japan

Anna Starostinetskaya wrote . . . . . . . . .

For a limited time period, beauty brand Botanist offers specialty boba teas from a stand inside its in-store café in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, Japan.

One of the two options is fully vegan and features a blue-hued pea milk tea base dotted with brown sugar tapioca balls sourced from Taiwan.

Botanist will only serve 100 cups of the specialty boba teas per day.

The beauty brand also offers a number of vegan food options at its café, including pasta dishes, waffles, and desserts.

In March, Botanist added the vegan Sakura Burger to its menu in celebration of Japan’s “Sakura” (Cherry Blossom) festival. The burger features a soy patty that is topped with vegan cheese, a pink-hued sauce colored with beets, and fresh vegetables that come sandwiched between cherry-colored buns made with sweet potatoes.

Source: Veg News