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VRG Newsletter

From: Don R.
Sent on: Thursday, May 24, 2012 5:20 PM
VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 16, Issue 5
May 2012

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To view VRG-NEWS on the web, visit:
http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/2012may.php ]
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CONTENTS

1) TACO BELL'S(r) FIRSTMEAL(tm) HASH BROWNS
2) VEGAN CHILDREN: RESPONSE TO NYT OP-ED
3) VEGAN DINING, MAUI 
4) VEGAN MAC AND NO-CHEESE WITH ZUCCHINI "CREAM" SAUCE
5) VRG IN THE NEWS
6) MY VRG INTERNSHIP
7) SPECIAL OFFER! JOIN VRG WITH $25 AND GET A COPY OF VEGAN MEALS FOR ONE OR TWO FOR FREE! 
8) CAN A VEGAN DIET PROVIDE ENOUGH PROTEIN TO SLOW DOWN AGE-RELATED MUSCLE LOSS?
9) VEG BABIES: REED MANGELS ON THE DR. DON SHOW
10) VRG'S VEGAN DINNER IN PHILADELPHIA - OCT 7, 2012
About The Vegetarian Resource Group
About VRG-NEWS


1) TACO BELL'S(r) FIRSTMEAL(tm) HASH BROWNS

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

At the end of January 2012, Taco Bell(r) announced that it will debut
eleven new breakfast menu items as a FirstMeal(tm) in approximately
750 restaurants located in ten western states, including California
and Colorado. Currently, FirstMeal(tm) is offered only during the
morning. By the end of 2012, FirstMeal(tm) will be available along
with late-night FourthMeal(tm) offerings. Taco Bell(r) locations in
the eastern US will begin carrying FirstMeal(tm) in 2013.

The VRG asked a quality assurance manager at Taco Bell(r) corporate
headquarters to tell us more about the FirstMeal(tm) menu items. We
learned that the new hash brown is all-vegetable. It does not contain
natural flavors of animal or dairy origin. Hash browns are fried in
"canola oil" in a fryer designated "only for grains and potatoes."
Hash browns may be ordered separately.

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/04/24/taco-bell¿s®-firstmeal¿-hash-browns/ ]

For more information on food served in fast food and quick service
chains, see [ http://www.vrg.org/fastfoodinfo.htm ]

For information on food ingredients and for other information of
interest to vegetarians and vegans, please subscribe to our free
enewsletter at [ http://www.vrg.org/vrgnews/ ]

There are many ways to stay connected to The Vegetarian Resource
Group! Get our blog delivered right to your inbox:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/TheVRGBlog ] Follow us on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/VegResourceGrp ] 
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http://www.facebook.com/thevegetarianresourcegroup ]

VRG research can be supported at 
https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ]


2) VEGAN CHILDREN: RESPONSE TO NYT OP-ED

By Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

About 5 years ago, The New York Times published an op-ed sensationally
headlined "Death by Veganism." This opinion piece created a great deal
of outcry, because of its incorrect information and shaky foundation.
The Public Editor of the Times 
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/24/opinion/24pubed.html?pagewanted=all ] 
said, "I think The Times owes its readers the other side, published on
the op-ed page, not just in five letters to the editor that briefly
took issue with her" and asked, "And what is the obligation of editors
to make sure that op-ed writers are not playing fast and loose with
the facts?"

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog: 
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/04/25/vegan-children-response-to-nyt-op-ed/ ]


3) VEGAN DINING, MAUI 

Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

What would you do if your daughter was working on Maui for 2 months
with Americorps-NCCC 
http://www.americorps.gov/about/programs/nccc.asp ]? A family trip
to visit her seemed like one way to spend spring break. It wasn't the
easiest choice -- the 18 hours of travel each way wasn't something any
of us looked forward to -- still, we decided that this was an
opportunity not to be missed. We were on Maui, the second largest of
the Hawaiian Islands, for about four days.

One of the very first places that we stopped was at Yee's fruit stand
in Kihei. Yee's is one of the oldest mango farms on Maui. I asked the
woman running the fruit stand where her farm was and she pointed to
the road behind the stand. It doesn't get much more local! The stand
had at least 4 kinds of mangos as well as several kinds of papayas and
other fruits. I had never appreciated how different kinds of mangos
can taste. Our favorite was Golden Glow -- sweet, mild, and juicy.

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/04/26/vegan-dining-maui/ ]


4) VEGAN MAC AND NO-CHEESE WITH ZUCCHINI "CREAM" SAUCE

This recipe originally appeared in the article "Baby Boomer Cooking"
by Debra Daniels-Zeller in Vegetarian Journal Issue 4, 2010:
http://www.vrg.org/journal/vj2010issue4/2010_issue4_baby_boomer.php ].

Vegan Mac and No-Cheese with Zucchini "Cream" Sauce

(Serves 6)

Nothing is what it seems in this reproduction of the ubiquitous '50s
favorite mac 'n' cheese. The idea for this recipe sprang from an
Italian cookbook that also used Parmesan cheese. I found that garlic
and basil delivered taste without adding any cheese at all. The only
trick is to peel the zucchini since the green skin will turn the sauce
light green.

To see the recipe, visit:
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/04/28/vegan-mac-and-no-cheese-with-zucchini-cream-sauce/ ]


5) VRG IN THE NEWS

Below is a selection of news articles VRG has been featured in this
month:

* In an age of mad cow disease and pink slime, are young kids ready to
read about veganism? 
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-parenting/post/in-an-age-of-mad-cow-disease-and-pink-slime-are-young-kids-ready-to-read-about-veganism/2012/04/26/gIQARAdRjT_bllog.html ] 
(April 26, 2012; The Washington Post)

* 5 Interesting Facts About Plant-based Food Choices 
https://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/5-interesting-facts-about-plant-based-food-choices/ ] 
(April 23, 2012; One Green Planet)

* Main Street Vegan: How to Go Vegan in the Real World (Book Review) 
[http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2012/04/main_street_vegan_how_to_go_ve.php
(April 20, 2012; Miami New Times)

* New Poll Illuminates Veg Consumers' Dietary Choices 
http://vegnews.com/articles/page.do;jsessionid=CD3F4FB34E90572C2ECDDBB7D461F171?pageId=4429&catId=8 ]
(April 19, 2012; VegNews)

* Meat-free advocates say plant-based diet better for planet 
http://onlineathens.com/food/2012-04-17/plants-make-healthy-diet-planet ] 
(April 18, 2012; Athens Banner-Herald)

* Care and feeding of a lone vegetarian 
http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/taste/146141335.html ] 
(April 4, 2012; Minneapolis Star Tribune)


To see more news articles VRG has been featured in, visit 
http://www.vrg.org/press/vrg_in_the_news.php ]

For press releases, see: [ http://www.vrg.org/press/index.htm ]


6) MY VRG INTERNSHIP

By Amanda Matte

Being an intern at VRG has been a wonderful, eye-opening experience. I
originally began working here to gain experience at a non-profit, and
since VRG just happened to be local/support a cause I care deeply
about, it was a perfect fit. As a lifelong vegetarian, I thought I
knew all there was to know about the lifestyle, but through my work
here I have become far more informed about vegetarianism, and
particularly veganism.

I have started to read up on veganism a great deal on my own time, and
have slowly begun to implement changes into my lacto-ovo diet,
including, but not limited to, subbing almond milk for cream in my
coffee, and giving vegan cheese a try (dairy cheese has always been my
vice!).

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog: 
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/05/03/my-vrg-internship/ ]

For more information about VRG internships, see 
http://www.vrg.org/student/ ]

To donate towards VRG internships, scholarships, and other projects,
visit [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ]


7) SPECIAL OFFER! JOIN VRG WITH $25 AND GET A COPY OF VEGAN MEALS FOR ONE OR TWO FOR FREE! 

Join VRG with $25 via our donation form 
https://www.givedirect.org/give/givefrm.asp?CID=1565 ], and receive
the Vegetarian Journal [ http://www.vrg.org/journal ] for one year AND
a copy of Vegan Meals for One or Two: Your Own Personal Recipes 
http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=4]!

Each recipe in Vegan Meals for One or Two 
http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=4] by Chef Nancy Berkoff, EdD, RD, is written to serve one or two
people. We've heard the "But I'm the only one in my family who eats
vegan meals" and the "I'm vegan, but it's so hard to cook for one"
excuses. Now you have no reason to eat unhealthfully!

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: It's All About You!
Chapter 2: Meal Planning and Shopping
Chapter 3: Breakfast
Chapter 4: One-Pot Wonders
Chapter 5: Freeze or Refrigerate Now, Eat Later
Chapter 6: Grab-and-Go
Chapter 7: Desserts and Snacks
Chapter 8: Every Day and Special Day Cooking
Glossary
Resources from The Vegetarian Resource Group

Sample Recipe
Is it Tofu? It is Tempeh? It's Garlic, For Sure

(makes 2 hearty servings)

This dish is guaranteed to keep vampires away. Use this as a sandwich
stuffing (good hot or cold) or serve over cooked noodles (how about
spinach or carrot pasta), steamed rice, or over a baked potato.

2 Tablespoons olive oil (any vegetable oil is okay)
2 Tablespoons minced garlic cloves
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup soymilk
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup cubed firm tofu or tempeh

In a medium-sized frying pan, heat oil. Add garlic and sautee until
garlic is lightly browned. Remove from heat and whisk in flour to make
a paste.

Heat soymilk in a microwave or in a small pot until bubbly. Slowly add
paste to soymilk, whisking, to form a smooth sauce, over low heat,
approximately 5 minutes. Add tofu or tempeh and allow dish to cook for
3-4 minutes, until heated.

Note: You can try flavored tofu or tempeh, such as barbecue, smoked,
or Cajun to add even more flavor.

Total calories per serving using Tofu: 353
Total Fat as % of Daily Value: 37%
Fat: 24 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Carbohydrates: 18 grams
Iron: 12 mg
Calcium: 177 mg
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Sodium: 30 mg


8) CAN A VEGAN DIET PROVIDE ENOUGH PROTEIN TO SLOW DOWN AGE-RELATED MUSCLE LOSS?

By Christine Kasum Sexton

The short answer is yes. Protein deficiency, as well as lack of
exercise, can contribute to age-related muscle loss. Vegan diets are
no more likely to be protein deficient than are non-vegan diets. As
you age, however, you likely require fewer calories in your diet, so
it is important to make sure that the foods you eat are nutrient-dense
and protein-rich.

Age-related muscle loss is extremely common. After the age of 50,
most people lose about 1-2% of their muscle per year....

To read the rest of the article, visit our blog: 
http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/05/08/can-a-vegan-diet-provide-enough-protein-to-slow-down-age-related-muscle-loss/ ]


9) VEG BABIES: REED MANGELS ON THE DR. DON SHOW

VRG's Nutrition Advisor Reed Mangels, RD, PhD, was on the Dr. Don Show
on April 25 to speak about vegetarian diets in infants. If you missed
it live, you can listen to it on the Dr. Don Show archives!

Veg Babies with Reed Mangels 
http://bullheadurgentcare.com/archives/playfiles/04252012p.html ]

You can find more archives of the Dr. Don Show here:
http://bullheadurgentcare.com/archives/index.html ], including the
March 6 show 
http://bullheadurgentcare.com/archives/playfiles/03062012p.html ], in
which Dr. Mangels discussed pregnancy, lactation and vegetarian diets.

For more information on vegan pregnancy, see:

* The Everything Vegan Pregnancy Book 
http://www.vrg.org/catalog/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=81]
by Reed Mangels, RD, PhD

* Vegan Nutrition in Pregnancy and Childhood 
http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/veganpregnancy.php ]


10) VRG'S VEGAN DINNER IN PHILADELPHIA - OCT 7, 2012

The Vegetarian Resource Group will host a vegan dinner during the
annual meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the
American Dietetic Association). The restaurant is about one block from
the Convention Center. Please see below for RSVP details. We hope to
see you there!

VRG's VEGAN DINNER IN PHILADELPHIA
SINGAPORE VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2012, 6 PM

VEGAN BUFFET MENU
House Wonton Soup
Hot and Sour Soup

Curry Dumpling
Spring Roll
Sesame Noodles
Salad

Singapore "Pepper Steak"
General Tao's "Chicken" with Broccoli
Vegetable Lo Mein
Chinese and American Greens
Coconut "Shrimp and Chicken"

Brown Rice, White Rice, Tea, Oranges

(Fruit shakes can be purchased separately.)

COST: $20 per person, including tax and tip. You can pay by sending
$20 to The Vegetarian Resource, P.O. Box 1463, Baltimore, MD 21203,
by paying online at [ http://www.vrg.org/donate ] (write "Singapore
dinner" and names of attendees in the comments), or by paying over the
phone with your Visa or MasterCard by calling (410)[masked]
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Seating is limited. Menu subject to change.

We look forward to seeing you.

Name: ________________________________
Address: _____________________________
City: ________________________________
State: _______________________________
Zip: _________________________________
Telephone: ___________________________
E-mail: ______________________________
Names of attendees. __________________
$20/person X ___ attendees= $
Donations towards dietitian outreach: $
Total Enclosed: $


ABOUT THE VEGETARIAN RESOURCE GROUP

Our health professionals, activists, and educators work with
businesses and individuals to bring about healthful changes in your
school, workplace, and community. Registered dietitians and physicians
aid in the development of nutrition-related publications and answer
member and media questions about vegetarian diets. The Vegetarian
Resource Group is a non-profit organization. Financial support comes
primarily from memberships, donations, bequests, and book sales. The
Vegetarian Journal, a print magazine, is a benefit of membership in
The VRG. (For more information, please see the Vegetarian Journal
online.)

If you would like to make a donation, become a member, volunteer, or
find out more about The VRG, contact us at:

The Vegetarian Resource Group
P.O. Box 1463
Baltimore, MD 21203
Phone: (410)[masked]
Fax: (410)[masked]
E-mail: [address removed]
Website: [ http://www.vrg.org ]
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The contents of this newsletter, and our other publications, including
Vegetarian Journal, are not intended to provide personal medical
advice. Medical advice should be obtained from a qualified health
professional. We often depend on product and ingredient information
from company statements. It is impossible to be 100% sure about a
statement, info can change, people have different views, and mistakes
can be made. Please use your own best judgment about whether a product
is suitable for you. To be sure, do further research or confirmation
on your own.


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Contents of VRG-NEWS are copyright 2012 by The Vegetarian Resource
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