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September 27, 2010 | By Joe Graedon and Theresa Graedon, Special to the Los Angeles Times
I currently follow a strict vegetarian diet and consume no animal products at all. Since vitamin B-12 is missing from the vegan diet, I wonder how many micrograms of it I should take. I've seen B-12 pills of up to 1,500 micrograms each in my food co-op, but the daily requirement is just 3 micrograms. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is far more common than most people realize. Vegans (who eat no eggs, dairy or other animal products) are frequently lacking in this essential nutrient.
April 21, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
The vegan lifestyle isn't mainstream yet, but it's surely on its way thanks to the whole food movement inspired by the likes of "Forks Over Knives" and "Food Inc. " Trendy vegan cookbooks, blogs and personalities continue to multiply as we all get " vegucated ," as do the vegan options served at restaurants. I don't remember the last time I was in a restaurant that didn't serve kale or some sort of braised greens. Then again, this is L.A. But is pushing veganism onto children taking things too far?
March 1, 2012
Vegan vegetable and sesame feast Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: 4 or 5 appetizer or 3 main course servings 4 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, and cut into ¼-inch-thick slices, or 4 to 6 ounces button or cremini mushrooms, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices 1 long eggplant (about ½ pound), halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices 1 onion, quartered lengthwise, then sliced crosswise about ¼-inch thick 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 small Korean or daikon radish (about 7 ounces)
April 14, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: I am eagerly and desperately looking to replicate the most delicious, amazing salad I have ever had. My fiancé and I are regulars at the Tender Greens in Culver City, and we finally tried its best dish on meatless Monday: the happy vegan. It successfully combines the tastiest health foods such as red quinoa salad, green hummus and farro, with toasted hazelnuts, all on one plate. Please help me with the recipe! Jessica Zi Los Angeles Dear Jessica: The happy vegan is a combination of several smaller salads, and Tender Greens was happy to share its recipes, which we've adapted below.
November 26, 2009 | By Tina Susman
There was something about the chicken splayed across his plate that triggered Gene Baur's gross-out reflex more than 25 years ago. As quickly as you can say "Tofurkey," the Hollywood native swore off eating meat. This week, his Farm Sanctuary movement brought veganism to New York's Tavern on the Green restaurant to prove that Thanksgiving can be decadent without turkey, sausage stuffing and buttery mashed potatoes. That's no small feat for someone who once appeared in McDonald's ads and was known to toss dried noodles doused with butter into the microwave and call it dinner.
August 18, 2008 | Jessica Gelt, Times Staff Writer
IF YOU think vegan junk food is an oxymoron, you've obviously never had a dairy-free "Twinkie" from the Vegan Spot. So great is the public desire for them that Silver Lake's newest vegan destination -- it's been open for three months -- regularly sells out of the golden-cake tubes filled with rich white frosting. "I hadn't had a Twinkie in probably 25 years," says the restaurant's co-owner and chef, Sara Radovanovitch, about her first taste when the baker brought them in. "It was amazing.
April 17, 2001 | From Times wire reports
Oklahoma City bomber Timothy J. McVeigh, asked by an animal rights group to drop animal products from his diet, says he understands the cause but doesn't fully support it. In a response to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, McVeigh also wrote: "I cannot sustain a prolonged intellectual debate on the subject as my time is short, but I suggest hitting Ted Kaczynski up for his opinions on the subject." McVeigh even provided the prison address for Kaczynski, the Unabomber.
May 7, 2013 | By Fox40
Some agriculture students at a Northern California high school are complaining about being bullied on Instagram and other social networks by students who are vegans. “[One student] keeps posting about goats and sheep and pigs and dead pictures and them being slaughtered,” said agriculture student Katie Velon, who attends Elk Grove High School near Sacramento. The online allegations also include angry words for the school's agriculture program, saying it “leads to the slaughtering of animals.” Other messages describe how animals are drained of blood while their hearts are still beating.
November 17, 2012 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
The vegan lifestyle and the lifestyle of professional athletes aren't often associated with each other. But John Salley, a former NBA star who's played with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers, swears by the strictly animal- and animal-product-free diet he's taken up since retiring from the game. Here, he talks about maintaining his energy and ability, the benefits of going vegan and misconceptions. Why did you decide to become vegan? Five years ago, I was doing a [public service announcement]
April 23, 2012 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is it nutritionally risky to put babies and children on a vegan diet, or is it the best thing for them? "When a mother eats meat, her breast-fed child's brain grows faster and she is able to wean the child at an earlier age, allowing her to have more children faster," according to a new article by Swedish researchers in the journal PLoS One that links eating meat to evolution. The article doesn't speak to whether mothers should still eat meat for their babies' health.
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