Plant-based sales surge to $4.5 billion

New data released by The Good Food Institute (G.F.I.) and the Plant-Based Foods Association (P.B.F.A.) show plant-based foods sales significantly outpaced overall grocery sales last year. U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods grew 11% — five times more than total food sales — bringing the total plant-based market to $4.5 billion.

Read the entire Food Business News article here.


Nutrition Labels — Do You Read Them?

The following is not an endorsement of either product but simply nutrition labels for educational purposes.  I am not compensated for my efforts on this blog.  DISCLAIMER:  I did download an app to my phone and got the burrito for FREE.

Both food products are meat free.  The burrito is prepared with cheese and sour cream.  The second Nutrition Facts represents a commercially prepared veggie burger, no bread or bun.

Screenshot_2019-07-03 DEL TACO


Screenshot_2019-07-09 All American Veggie Burgers Dr Praeger's Sensible Foods

Take Home Lesson:

  1. Fast food is fast food.  Even when it’s missing the meat.
  2. Add a bun.  Add some toppings.  Eating at home makes eating healthier easier.

Association of Sugary Beverage Consumption With Mortality Risk in US Adults – JAMA Network Open

Association of Sugary Beverage Consumption With Mortality Risk in US Adults

Question – Is the consumption of sugary beverages (ie, sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juices) associated with an increased mortality risk?

Findings – In this cohort study of 13 440 black and white adults 45 years and older observed for a mean of 6.0 years, each additional 12-oz serving/d of sugary beverages was associated with an 11% higher all-cause mortality risk, and each additional 12-oz serving/d of fruit juice was associated with a 24% higher all-cause mortality risk. Similar associations were not observed for sugary beverage consumption and coronary heart disease mortality.

Meaning – These results suggest higher consumption of sugary beverages, including fruit juice, is associated with increased mortality.

Half of the study population came from the Stroke Belt/Buckle.

Sweet tea, fried chicken and a stick of butter in almost everything else.

I like to go past the headlines and read the research.  Enjoy!

Is it really reasonable to obtain the recommended calcium intake on an unfortified and strictly vegan diet? — Nutritional revolution

It all started with an argument. Opening the refrigerator door. I say to my wife, scowling, “Why do we have so much cheese? We have talked about this.” Compared to milk, cheese is less nutrient dense and contains more calories. 1,211 more words

via Is it really reasonable to obtain the recommended calcium intake on an unfortified and strictly vegan diet? — Nutritional revolution

Study finds electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells (in cultured mouse neural stem cells)

A research team has found that electronic cigarettes, often targeted to youth and pregnant women, produce a stress response in neural stem cells, which are critical cells in the brain.

Study finds electronic cigarettes damage brain stem cells – UC Riverside research on mouse neural stem cells has implications for nicotine use


How to Feel Old While Attending an Elite University’s Summer Writing Workshop

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

jenny.klionBy Jenny Klion

Acknowledge that you are, in fact, the oldest living being in your class, older probably than the classroom itself, and definitely older than your eye-candy teacher.

If and when you are not the object of any classmate’s romantic or sexual affection: let it go. You had your turn, and you did it well. Remember that at one time, you too might have wondered who that random older woman was—the one looking to get laid at the summer writing workshop.

Realize you may miss out on some late night social intrigue, since you have opted out of staying in the dorms due to the nightmare scenario of shared coed bathrooms. Harken back to the time when you knew you were done doing circus work, because you ultimately couldn’t live without porcelain.

Know that your work may scream Boomer themes and concerns—your poor little rich girl saga, for example—and…

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