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Gary Lineker.jpgIn a post that appeared on Facebook over the weekend, but which now seems to have disappeared, Walkers crisps confirmed they can no longer guarantee ANY of their crisps will be suitable for vegetarians.

At the end of last month they confirmed they were adding real meat to their crisps, including Smoky Bacon and Chicken, prompting a massive backlash among the UK's 3 million Vegetarian and Vegans, as well as religious groups, via social media.

Walkers said that the decision was taken to give the crisps a more 'authentic' flavour and to source meat from local farms. It decided to promote the change in direction in a new advertising campaign entitled 'A Great Taste of Home', featuring Gary Lineker on a tractor (see image on right). From now on, around 0.12% of a bag of smoky bacon will contain pork.

Writing on Walkers' Facebook wall Clive Nicholson said: "You started your massive ad campaign to inform the general public that you are adding dead animal to your products, the day after a report was published that linked the consumption of processed meat products with premature death. I would like to wish you the very best of luck at this years bad timing awards."

Added Laura Robinson: "Walkers, there is nothing exciting about contributing to the misery and slaughter of animals, the alienation of any of your customers who don't eat meat and the CONTAMINATION of your ENTIRE RANGE due to cross-contamination (something you continue to refuse to guarantee against). This is quite possibly the biggest PR DISASTER of a lifetime."

So far Walkers has refused to to rule out the possibility that their other flavoured crisps may be cross contaminated with meat as they use the same barrels to add the flavour to all the crisps. In 2007 Mars was forced to do a U Turn over the use of animal extracts in its Mars and Snickers bars following a backlash from Vegetarians. It remains to be seen whether Walkers will follow suit.

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So what's your favourite horse meat joke? Here is mine?

Why do Findus add cheese to their Lasagne?

To Mascarpone...

Picked yourself up from the floor laughing yet? Ok, so the whole horse meat saga has once gain highlighted some of the issues around eating animal flesh, and yes as a vegetarian I probably find it more amusing than many of my carnivore friends.

It has however given yet another jolt to the latest food fad - aka Flexitarianism. Put simply Flexitarianism is what aging veggies used to refer to as demi-vegetarianism. For veggies it is people who want the benefits of a meat free diet but aren't committed enough to go the whole hog. For carnivores it is Vegetarianism with benefits in that you get to cheat - a little.

According to The Guardian Flexitarianism is becoming seriously popular in the UK. It might almost be the middle class diet of the year - well in more liberal-minded households.

But is this abstaining from meat for 80% of the time and then going and getting a big steak on a meal out or bacon sandwich for Saturday brunch, good or bad news for vegetarians?

I guess it depends on your perspective and why you decided to shun meat in the first place. If you are hard core about it (this is the PETA view) then all Flexitarians are doing is still eating meat but just being a little more sensible about their fruit and veg intake. There is no moral reason for their diet - as opposed to some Vegetarians have a morality underpinning their lifestyle - they still care very little about animals if they are still happy to eat them.

The alternative - sponsored I guess by Linda McCartney and her cohorts - view is that people eating less meat is a good thing. It is better for them, better for the environment and ultimately may push them into a full veggie diet.

I must admit I can see the rationality of both sides on this one. While I tend more to the latter view I still find it sad that people are so scared of making commitments to a cause. Not eating meat is a moral decision that affects ever single day of my life. For me it shows much more of a commitment to the environment and the future of the world (and animals too) than doing a bit of recycling and choosing to buy sustainable products.

And yes I know that might make me sound a little pious, but most people who have changed the world start from a strong moral point of view and if that makes them pious, well that then isn't a word I am scared of.

Anyway - fellow veggies what do you think?

Vegetarians will live longer, British study finds

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salad-thedeliciouslife.jpgMany of us already know that a vegetarian diet is healthier in the long run, and that we should really keep off the meat as much as we can to keep the old ticker going for more years. But many who have chosen a meat-free (or limited) diet are still consistently exposed to stupid questions from friends who don't understand it. A) Get better friends and B) now you have science on your side and more facts to push in the face of your carnivore friends as you laugh.

Vegetarians are healthier, long live the vegetarians. OK this wasn't the title of the recent report by British scientists, but it could have been. The study found that vegetarians run a 32% lower risk of heart disease than their carnivorous peers. Researchers followed more than 44,500 volunteers for 11 years and found that vegetarians were significantly less prone to cardiac issues.

In the 50-70 age group. 6.8% of people who ate meat went to hospital or died of heart disease; for vegetarians the number was only 4.6%.

Lead researcher Francesca Crowe from the University of Oxford's Cancer Epidemiology Unit said: "We think (it) is due to their lower cholesterol and blood pressure."

The veggie friends also had lower weight-to-height ratios and were less likely to develop diabetes.

So... Britain.. Time we reconsider this meat obsession of ours?

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Why we should stop eating meat on Mondays

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Many meat eaters will tell you that they could never give up meat, not even for a day, not even for the animals that are treated horribly in order to end up on a plate near you and me. But vegetarianism, though a big part of it is, is not all about being kind to animals. It is also about choosing a more sustainable future and potentially improving your health in the process.

A 2006 report found that the livestock industry was responsible for more harmful gases than the transport industry. So it goes without saying that consuming meat in the quantities we do is not sustainable in the long run. Adopting a different attitude towards diets and health, educating people about the fact that we don't need 'meat and two veg' every single day in order to survive is crucial for a better and brighter future.

One small, yet effective, way of doing this is to stop eating meat on Mondays. Luckily, as it is becoming less 'alternative' to be meat free, people are ncreasingly changing their habits - even the meat eaters.

One of the biggest campaigners behind the Meat Free Mondays movement is Sir Paul McCartney - he started the campaign together with his late wife Linda in 2009 and she went on to create a vegetarian food company - who has spoken out numerous times about the importance of eating less meat.

Speaking to The Huffington Post, McCartney said: ""It's becoming more and more clear that one of the most effective things any individual can do to help the environment is to eat less meat."

The ex-Beatle continued: "I've been a vegetarian for a long time now and over the years I've seen how the attitudes have changed around the world, so I'm not surprised when I see new research that shows more and more people are increasingly adopting 'meat free eating'. It's great to see more and more choice with some brilliant creative dishes in restaurants, cafés and supermarkets. There is definitely now an overall greater acceptance of being vegetarian."

But even though we now know more about the benefits of a less meat heavy diet, it is good with a reminder once in a while. And don't you worry; this is exactly what McCartney has in mind. In a new ad, an animation, Linda can be seen surrounded by quirky animal personas and her family as Elvis Costello reminds us all of the values and ethos of Linda McCartney.

Check it out here:

vegetables-creative-commons-codyr.jpgGoing vegan can seem extreme, and vegans are often met with blank stares of confusion and disbelief from dedicated carnivores when they explain that they've given up using and consuming animal products. Yep not even eggs or dairy will pass through their lips. And no, fish is not allowed either.

Say what you like about veganism, but it now appears that there might be more benefits from following this type of diet than just taking a stand against animal suffering and living as ethically as possible, it also makes you happier.

According to a study published in Nutrition Journal, vegans score significantly better on mood scales and have lower instances of depression, anxiety and other negative moods than meat-eaters do. The researchers at Harvard also found them to be more optimistic about the future, and suggest that getting omega essential fatty acids from nuts and seeds instead of meat boosts our moods.

"Not consuming the long-chain omega-6 fats, which are abundant in animal flesh and compete with omega-3s in the body, may be a factor", says researcher Bonnie Beezhold, PhD, of Arizona State University.

If you find yourself suffering with low moods, perhaps it's worth adopting a more vegan diet.

Did you experience a change in your mood after switching to veganism?

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Becoming vegetarian - a beginner's guide

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beginners-guide-vegetarianism.jpgDid you start the new year as a vegetarian? Whether it's due to being appalled of the way animals are treated or because you've realised that a highly carnivorous diet so many of us follow is not sustainable in the long run, going vegetarian can be a fantastic experience - as long as you make sure you get the nutrients you need.

To ensure you get the best advice possible, we spoke to nutritional therapist and hebalist at the Nutri Centre, Elouise Bauskis, to find out how to get the essential nutrients in an all vegetarian diet.

Elouise explained: "A vegetarian diet can be good for many people, and it's especially recommended to those who are 'acidic' or 'inflammatory'. A vegetarian diet can help to 'alkalise' the body which in turn has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body's chemistry. Acidity and inflammation provide the environment which encourages many Western disease states such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis and cancer."

But in order to reap the benefits of a vegetarian diet, eliminating meat and/or fish, you must inform and educate yourself on why and how you will replace this in your diet. Here are Elouise's top tips on eating well and getting the nutrients you need as a vegetarian.

The importance of the 3 P's: Protein, Pulses and Phytic

PROTEIN is made up of amino acids, which are the building blocks of every cell in the body! When following a vegetarian diet, you need to know how to obtain good protein from your food. Combining pulses with wholegrains will provide you with a complete amino acid profile that is an alternative to animal protein.

Consume PULSES every day! These include lentils, peas and all kinds of beans (soybeans, chickpeas, kidney beans, black beans, white beans, adzuki, and pinto). These are packed with protein and complex carbohydrates including plenty of fibre, calcium, iron, vitamins and precious minerals.

Pulses contain anti-nutrient factors including PHYTIC acid that prevent your body from absorbing the nutrients the food contains. Sprouting, soaking or souring reduces anti-nutrients. It is ideal to soak pulses (overnight at least for beans) in order to reduce the phytic acid. By reducing phytic acid, you can more than double your body's absorption of key minerals, as well as aiding digestion and often improving the taste. Any soaking is better than no soaking! Drain and rinse well.

Remember to mix it up!

Don't make the mistake and eat a lot of beige food, such as pasta and bread. Good wholegrains to combine with pulses include millet, oats, rice, and buckwheat. Quinoa (pronounced 'keenwah') and amaranth are excellent to use in place of rice or cous cous. They are actually seeds not grains, and are high in protein, minerals and nutrients, whilst being gently alkalising as well!

You need to consume a wide variety of foods daily in order to provide yourself with all of the vitamins, minerals & phytonutrients necessary for optimum functioning. Consume a rainbow of variety of fruit and vegetables per day, ideally between 8-12 servings. Include some raw food daily as this is full of enzyme activity!

If consuming soy, it's ideal that you have fermented soy in the form of tempeh and miso. The traditional way to consume soy is the best way!

Where is the protein?

Look at every meal you are going to eat and ask yourself, 'where is the protein?' and make sure the meal contains it. Also ask yourself, 'where is the good fats?' Good sources are from flaxseed, hemp, chia, coconut, avocado, nuts and seeds.

Eggs (free-range and organic only) are an excellent source of protein, that can be enjoyed on a daily basis. Other protein sources include houmous, tahini, nut butters and 'milks', nuts & seeds (unsalted and unroasted to preserve the beneficial omega oils).

Vital vitamin B12

You need to be acutely aware of your Vitamin B12 intake (or lack-of with a vegetarian diet) and just how crucial B12 is for the proper functioning of the nerves, the energy release from food and the production of red blood cells. It is essential to supplement this in order to avoid B12 deficiency, which can take years to occur, but then by the time you are presenting with deficiency signs, the damage may have already been done! The best form of B12 is the Methylcobalamin form, which is much more absorbable and usable than the Cyanocobalamin form.

Limit your intake of processed food

We're not big fans of processed foods and try to avoid them as much as we can. Besides cooking from scratch is so much more fun! When moving on to a veggie lifestyle, it's advisable to avoid processed vegetarian foods as much as possible. Elouise explains: "Imagine ALL of the processing these foods have gone through in order to create them! Check the list of ingredients to see how long it is - the more ingredients, the worse the processing generally."

Powder power

Include good quality protein powders in your diet as a way to enhance your protein intake. Excellent for breakfast, add some flaxseed oil and lecithin granules to make it a more balanced meal.

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Consume daily some green superfoods such as Spirulina, chlorella, blue green algae, Barley grass and Wheat grass. These are foods that 'flood' the body with easily absorbable and usable nutrients. They are gently cleansing, alkalising and detoxifying. Start slowly and build up your dosage over time.

So which supplements are recommended?

BioCare's Vitasorb B12, £4.85 for 15ml liquid
Purple Balance's raw protein powder powders, from £8
MitoGuard from Biocare, £29.95 for a month's supply

All products are available from The Nutri Centre stores nationwide and online at www.nutricentre.com.

There you have it. Your beginner's guide to vegetarianism. Anything you would like to add? Leave us a comment below.

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If you're a vegetarian or vegan yourself, you'll probably already know which beers to serve come Christmas Day. But if you're a selective carnivore hosting a dinner party and find yourself catering for vegans and vegetarians, you might want to brush up on which types of ales and bitters can or cannot be had.

First things first, the key ingredient that will tell you whether a beer is suitable for your animal loving friend is finings. A funny old word, finings are used to clarify beer by pulling yeast sediment to the bottom of the cask. Historically, various substances such as egg whites, blood, milk and fish swim bladder have been used as finings. Some producers still make use of these today, but nowadays finings are usually made from isinglass, an extract from the swim bladder of the sturgeon fish.

Many brewers will produce bottle-conditioned beers without finding the beers, so can generally be considered OK. But not all have the accreditations that say they are vegetarian and vegan friendly, so make sure you read the label carefully when shopping.

And note that honey beers may be vegetarian but vegans will not drink it as it contains and animal product - honey.

You can find an extensive list of which UK brewers produce suitable beers over on CAMRA's website, which include Little Valley Brewery, Cropton Brewery and Atlantic Brewery.

Which is your favourite vegan/vegetarian beer?

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O-food, a pop-up sandwich bar in the heart of Shoreditch, aims to bring Nordic inspired fast food that focuses on responsibly sourced vegetarian and fish lunchtime options to hungry Londoners.

If you're expecting prawns, salmon and tuna on the menu, you'll be disappointed. The fishy alternatives use non 'Big Five' fish, such as smoked mackerel, as the popularity of the big five creates problems when it comes to replenishable fishing stock. O-food uses fish sourced from low-impact fisheries in Kent along with fresh, locally sourced vegetables from British farms.

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The people behind O-food have also drawn inspiration from the Nordic kitchen and its preparation techniques when creating the menu, which can also be seen in the store's décor.

The lunch menu features three fish and two vegetarian options that can be made on a variety of bread (white sourdough, dark sourdough and Russian rye). Our personal favourite is the O'Macky, which comes with smoked mackerel, romaine salad, daikon and horse radish dressing. A sandwich will set you back around £5 and is lovingly made and wrapped for your eating experience.

O-food can be found at 54 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3QN until 23 September. Open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

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For those who have already embraced a meat-free diet these findings may not be of much significance - you're already doing your bit - but those out there who are stuck in the 'must have meat every day' rut may soon start running around like (pardon the saying) headless chickens out of fear of what is ahead: a potential meat-free future.

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This week leading water scientists have issued one of the most doomsday-like warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may have to switch almost fully to a vegetarian diet over the next 40 years to avoid shortages.

By 2050 the world population is predicted to have reached 9 billion and in order to feed the additional 2 billion people expected to be alive then, humans may need to cut their protein consumption from animal-based products to 5% of their total daily calories. It is currently 20%.

"There will not be enough water available on current crop-lands to produce food for the expected 9 billion population in 2050 if we follow current trends and changes towards diets common in western nations," the report by Malik Falkenmark and colleagues at the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) said.

The forecasted water shortage in the near future can be combated by adopting a vegetarian diet; one third of the world's farmland is used to grow crops to feed animals, and five to ten times more water is used to produce animal protein-rich food compared to that of a vegetable diet.

Perhaps it is time for western countries to adopt a 'selective meat eating' way of life (eating only sustainably sourced meat and only once or twice a week at most) - or just ditch it all together and join the vegetarians of the world.

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One of the most famous photographs of all time has been recreated by PETA UK in honour of Sir Paul McCartney's 70th birthday this coming Monday, 18th June.

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This time it wasn't John, Paul, George and Ringo who crossed the famous Abbey Road zebra stripes, but a fish, pig, chicken and cow carrying signs that spell out 'Happy Birthday, Paul! Thank You for Loving Us.' A very fitting birthday card for the celebrated vegetarian and animal rights campaigner, we think.

In addition to sending Sir Paul the one-of-a-kind photograph, the animal-rights organisation will also be distributing free copies of its 'Glass Walls' DVD - narrated by Paul - to the fans who will gather on Abbey Road and in Liverpool on Monday.

"PETA couldn't be happier to celebrate Paul's birthday", says PETA Manager Mimi Bekhechi. "He has done so much to help animals during his legendary career, and we can't think of a person more deserving of celebration."

Sir Paul has been vegetarian for more than 40 years, deciding to give up meat out of compassion for animals after realising, whilst fishing, that a fish's life is "as important to him as mine is to me." Now, Sir Paul says, "I would never go back. I enjoy being vegetarian, It's a thrill and I can walk past a field of animals with a clear conscience."

We've always secretly hoped that Sir Paul is a reader of Hippyshopper; so join us in celebrating the ex Beatle's 70th by leaving him a birthday message in the comments as we celebrate him on the next Meat Free Monday on 18 June 2012.

In Paul McCartney's own words: "Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty".

vegetarian-week-2012-breakfast.jpgIt's National Vegetarian Week (21-27 May), and this year the people behind the veggie week are celebrating breakfast as an essential part of everyone's day.

The Vegetarian Society has asked some well-known faces to share their favourite vegetarian breakfasts, and here they are:

Dave Spikey, comedian, actor and writer - "Eggs Florentine."

Fiona Phillips, presenter and journalist - "My favourite veggie breakfast is scrambled eggs with Marmite on sourdough toast"

James Willstrop, the World No 1 squash player - "I'd go for quinoa porridge with vanilla soy milk, agave, currants, blueberries and pecans."

Alan Titchmarsh, gardener, presenter, author - "Porridge and honey - every morning bar Saturday or Sunday when the only veg on my plate is baked beans .....!"

George Galloway, Member of Parliament - "I almost always have a veggie breakfast -usually cereal, followed by fruit, with wholemeal toast and loads of black coffee."

If you need a bit of inspiration, The Vegetarian Society has loads of recipes on their website, we particularly like the sound of the 'nice but naughty fruit compote' - it is allegedly perfect for those wanting to detox:

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Serves 4
Preparation time 10 minutes
Cooking time 25 minutes
Can be vegan*

Ingredients

Compote:

2 apples, peeled, cored and sliced

200g ready to eat prunes, sliced

30g sultanas

200ml apple juice

Yoghurt mixture:

50g blueberries or blackberries (reserve a few for the topping)

200g zero fat Greek yoghurt (or soya yoghurt for vegan option*)

Topping:

75g oats

50g chopped hazelnuts

Pinch of nutmeg or cinnamon

Method:

Place the compote ingredients into a large pan and gently simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Fold the blueberries into the yoghurt and set aside.

Place the oats, nuts and nutmeg or cinnamon into a non-stick pan. Gently heat for five minutes, stirring from time to time.

To serve, share out the fruit into four dishes, add a little yoghurt then top with the oat mixture and the reserved blueberries.

For more delectable breakfast recipes visit www.nationalvegetarianweek.org.

Now in its twentieth year, National Vegetarian Week is the annual awareness-raising campaign promoting inspirational vegetarian food and the benefits of a meat-free lifestyle. Across the UK there are special menus, events, offers, promotions and discounts - they're all listed in the what's happening calendar at www.nationalvegetarianweek.org.

Who eats turkey at Christmas?! Not these compassionate celebrities, who have made the choice not to gobble down something that used to ... gobble.

Here are our favourite veggie and vegan celebrities who will be tucking into their nutloaf or Quorn roast this Chrimbo!

For the full list of celebrities go to Peta's website

Top 5 vegetarian restaurants in London

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This week is National Vegetarian Week so we decided to kick off things with our top 5 vegetarian restaurants in London. We know that as we live, work and play in London we're a bit biased. So if you know any amazing veggie eateries outside of the capital that Hippyshopper readers ought to know about let us know by adding a comment below.

Hippyshopper's top 5 vegetarian restaurants in London

1. Mildreds

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Established in 1988, Mildreds serves internationally inspired vegetarian food, all of which is made daily on the premises. The lively, yet intimate atmosphere is coupled with excellent value for money and a very broad menu that will keep non-vegetarians happy too!

When: Monday to Saturday, 12 noon till 11pm
Where: 45 Lexington Street, London, W1F 9AN
Web: www.mildreds.co.uk

2. inSpiral Lounge

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This eatery is located in the heart of vibrant Camden. A unique concept, inSpiral Lounge combines personal and planetary health with the best view possible - right on top of Camden Lock.

A café, bar, events venue, you name it, inSpiral Lounge offers an amazing choice of ice creams, smoothies, cocktails and delicious food.

When: Monday to Thursday, 8am to 22pm / Friday, 8am to 2pm (late) / Saturday, 9am to 2pm (late) / Sunday, 9am to 23.30pm
Where: 250 Camden High Street, London, NW1 8QS
Web: www.inspiralled.net

3. Beatroot

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Located in the heart of Soho, Beatroot offers vegetarian food that is full of flavour and wholesome ingredients at a price that won't break the bank.

They offer ten hot dishes that draw inspiration from around the world, together with colourful seasonal salads. Simply choose which size of container you'd like and your good to go! They also serve organic, fair-trade coffee as well as teas and herbals.

When: Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm / Saturday, 11am to 9pm
Where: 92 Berwick Street, Soho, London, W1F 0QD
Web: www.beatroot.org.uk


4. Chutneys

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A true find if you enjoy a good Indian. Specialising in South and North Indian pure vegetarian cuisine, Chutney's has a cracking menu and a really reasonable all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for £6.95/

When: Monday to Sunday, 12 noon to 11.30pm
Where: 124 Drummond Street, Euston, London, NW1 2PA
Web: www.chutneyseuston.co.uk

5. Vita Organic

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Or Vitao as it's now called is as hippie as it comes. As one of the first restaurants in the UK to create and provide genuinely healthy food, Vitao use the best quality organic ingredients specially selected to achieve optimum health. Vitao caters for a wide range of dietary needs and choices, including vegan/vegetarian, macrobiotic, raw/living food, coeliacs, diabetics, those suffering from food allergies, or anyone just looking out for their health and well-being.

If optimised nutrition is what you're after, this is your place.

When: Monday to Sunday, 12noon to 11pm / Sunday, 12 noon to 9pm
Where: 74 Wardour Street, London, W1F 0TE
Web: www.vitaorganic.co.uk

 VEGUARY

We recently heard about this great campaign in North America called Veguary, which is as its name suggests, is encouraging people to become vegetarian for the month of February.

It is no secret that most of us eat too much meat, so this February, let's join the Americans and challenge ourselves to eat a diet based on whole grains, root vegetables, oils, legumes, nuts and vegetables. By aiming to eat vegetarian, vegan, or just even a few meat-free meals per week, you can improve your health, as well as the health of the planet. And hey it is the shortest month of the year... so why not give it a go.

Veguary is not an attempt to turn people vegetarian or vegan. Rather, it is an attempt to get us to look at what a balanced, sustainable diet is all about. So lets use February to review the way we think about our diets, how it relates to our bodies, the environment, and the animals who provide us with food.


Need more reasons for why you should take part in Veguary? Well eating excess animal protein has been linked to many major cancers and heart disease. It also affects immune and hormonal functions, weight management, joint/muscle pain and lactic acid build-up, energy levels, and bone density. In addition to your own welfare there are a number of environmental reasons to give it a go. From water to earth to rain forests to air, our large demand for meat is damaging our planet at an alarmingly fast rate, making it one of the top two or three most significant contributors to the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global.

And if that's not reason enough... even Oprah is giving it a try.

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National Vegetarian Week will commence May 23 this year, with the popular vegetarian brand Cauldron Foods is set to sponsor it again.

Cauldron Foods has been sponsoring National Vegetarian Week since 2006 and have issued a statement saying: "We are very pleased. This celebratory week is one of the most important in Cauldron's calendar, and gives us the voice to remind and inspire everyone that great tasting vegetarian foods are really healthy, natural and delicious."

The Week will take place from Monday 23 May to Sunday 29 May, and is a time for everyone from foodies to families, caterers to cafés, to give a meet free week some thought. There will be hundreds of different activities and events held across the UK to celebrate. To find out more about events, new recipes and veggie starter packs go to www.nationalvegetarianweek.org

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