Is Ellen Selling Leather Shoes?

The internet has gone awry with the news that Ellen DeGeneres, a well known Vegan talk show host, is selling leather shoes in her new fashion line.

The main issue I see with the news reports, as it seems to not really tell the layman the whole of the evidence. If you just look at the website, or the other place she sells her ED by Ellen designs, you will not find the word “Leather” anywhere on the site. But you see the words “Nubuck” and “Suede”, which are both leather types that she incorporates in about 4 or more pairs of shoes that she is selling.

Often ignored is the fact that she sells Alpaca, Cashmere, Wool, and Merino clothing right beside her animal clothing, such as clothing printed with animals, as well as this picture right here:

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Many Vegans are upset that Ellen is selling animal products in her clothing line. So much so that the Global Conservation Group, an animal advocacy group, decided to make an Open Letter, as well as a petition with over 46,000 signatures, designated to get her to drop the leather from her clothing line. They tend to ignore the wool, cashmere, and Alpaca wools that she is using. But they do mention that animals used for leather are treated really horribly, some are even skinned alive while full conscious.

I am someone who cares about animal welfare and does not wear or purchase anything with leather or fur in it. So despite the fact that I am not a vegan (Lacto-vegetarian), I find it odd that someone who claims to be pro-animal and is herself a Vegan would put such items into her clothing line. Ellen was even named Woman of the Year in 2009 by extremist animal rights organization PETA. Ellen even once said:

“I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things with feelings, I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer.”

Ellen and her wife even had a Vegan wedding. So the anger that she faces from Vegans is rational. The biggest anger should be directed at the fact that Ellen is selling hand-knit sweaters at 1,500 dollars each. But I do understand where the anger is coming from.

Ellen herself has yet to comment on the accusations.

Eating Vegetarian at: Checkers/Rally's

I am not sure I’ll ever meet a person who will vehemently disagree with the following statement:

Checkers/Rally’s fries are the bomb!!!

And they are vegetarian. Yeah, they have whey in them, so it has milk-products and eggs, which sucks, as I fancy myself a lacto-vegetarian. I did hear some rumors that their fries have beef tallow or whatnot, but from what I have seen that is not the case, at least it is not listed in the ingredients of the fries they sell in stores. This may have been the case in the past though*. Rally’s does not seem to have their ingredients listed on their website, which is odd nowadays for a fast food place. Taco Bell and even McDonalds has that, but whatever.

If you are trying to look for Vegan options at Rally’s, you’re out of luck. None exist. In fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find any Vegetarian options. In fact, there are only 2 vegetarian options on the whole menu, and they both contain cheese:

  • Fries
  • Mozzarella Sticks*

I guess if you want to get a burger and just ask for it with no patty, you can. I tried it with the fry-lovers burger, and quite frankly, I was not impressed. If you’re a Pesco vegetarian, they do have fish sandwiches.

That said, they have no protein replacements, such as veggie burgers. This sucks, but hey what are you gonna do?

The depressing part is that McDonalds, a company that I blasted previously for their lack of vegetarian options, has twice the amount, if not 4 times the amount (if you include breakfast) than Checkers, making McDonalds a better place for vegetarian options, and McDonalds sucks.

They do have desert options like most other places, which includes apple pies, funnel cakes, and ice cream, but usually I don’t include deserts or breakfast into these posts for the mere fact that they are not the main menu.

* ADDENDUM!!!!

 

 

 

I asked a friend who works at Rally’s to check the oil used to fry the foods, and lo and behold, this was listed on the box.

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All fried foods at Rally’s are indeed cooked directly in beef tallow, making absolutely none of their products, not even their fries or their mozzarella sticks, vegetarian. They  have ice cream cones and milkshakes, but as of right now, I am lowering their score. Not even their Apple Pies are vegetarian.

The Egg Industry Vs Just Mayo?

For those of you who don’t know, Just Mayo is a Hampton Creek vegan alternative to Mayonnaise, very similar to the all popular Vegannaise.

This product apparently cause so much of a threat to the entire egg industry somehow, that in emails leaked between the USDA and the American Egg Board, they threatened to put a hit out on Hampton Creek founder Josh Tetrick, saying “Do you want me to contact some of my old buddies from Brooklyn to pay Mr. Tetrick a visit?”

This was a several thousand dollar 2 year campaign to get Hampton Creek off the shelves, even going s far as to try to ban Just Mayo from numerous stores, including Whole Foods. Unilever, creator of Best Foods mayonnaise, even tried to sue Hampton Creek, claiming that their product was misleading, because Just Mayo doesn’t include eggs.

Now, we have Soymilk, we have Almond Butter, and we have Vegan Cheese, but god forbid we have Eggless Mayonnaise. To me, this has to be one of the most embarrassing things that the egg industry can do.

Let’s put this in perspective; Vegans make up less than 1% of the population. The target market for eggless mayo is going to be vegans and the small amount of the population who does not like eggs or can’t eat them for some reason. Let’s not forget that egg allergies make up a small portion of the population, so that group of people would otherwise not be eating egg products anyways.

so how exactly is eggless mayonnaise in any way a threat to the egg industry? It makes absolutely no sense why a monopoly would try so hard to get such a product off the shelf.

Of course, this is not the only time this has happened either. Zengarry Cashew Cheeses was also hounded by the Canadian government for creating a cheese alternative product made from cashews, and still using the word “Cheese.” Which is why many cheese alternative products you’ll see using either the phrase “cheese alternative” or a horribly tacky misspelling of the word “Cheese.” Which is why “Cheez” and “Chreese” are words that are used in many Vegan products, it helps prevent lawsuits.

And, yet again, there is ANOTHER time in which a vegan food item was bullied for being a vegan alternative. Field Roast is a brand of vegan meatless meat substitutes that was hounded by the Canadian government because it refused to test its products on live animals. It has since ceased production in Canada, despite booming sales. This became an issue after the companies competitors used the government to push a scarcely enforced rule onto Field Roast.

I am a lacto-vegetarian and have been following vegan and vegetarian type news long before I went vegetarian, and have always came to the conclusion that veganism is not going to overtake the meat, dairy, and egg industries anytime in the near or far future. Meat consumption is culturally and biologically programmed into our brains, which is why many vegans need to supplement.

Now in this day and age, where plant-based alternatives are all around us, there is no need for us to consume animal flesh to survive. But the cultural and biologically imprints are still there, which is why even if vegetarianism became popular, the meat industry would still be a money maker.

Eating Vegetarian At: Papa Johns

Most Pizza Places are great at offering vegetarian options to their customers, but I have been eating at Papa Johns a lot lately, so I am going to talk about them exclusively. Although much of what is mentioned here can be mentioned about almost every Pizza Place, including Pizza Hut and Dominos.

Of course, you can make your own Pizza any way you wish, but in terms of menu options, Papa Johns has:

Pizza:

  • Garden Fresh
  • Spinach Alfredo
  • Tuscan 6 Cheese
  • Mediterranean Veggie

Other:

  • Garlic Knots
  • Breadsticks
  • Cheesesticks
  • Parmesan Breadsticks

And that is not including the giant cookie, the brownie, and the cinnamon knots that Papa Johns has on its desserts menu.

You can also get sauces to go with your order. These include Marinara, Garlic Sauce, Cheese Sauce, Blue Cheese, Bar-B-Q, Buffalo, Ranch, and Honey Mustard sauce. These sauces are often small though, and the main sauce that comes with every box is the creamy garlic sauce.

I often dislike plain cheese pizza, so I am always glad to get a 3 topping medium pizza, or a 5 topping large pizza. The best part about it is that I can just pile on Olives, Green peppers, Onions, Pineapple, Mushrooms, and/or Tomatoes. You can also add on Extra Cheese if that is your forte, and/or if you are a lacto or lacto-ovo vegetarian.

The main issue is with people who can’t exactly digest cheese. You can ask for your pizza without cheese, but pizza without cheese just tastes bad, imo. But hey, you have that option.

The main issue with Pizza Hut is that the only Protein Substitution they have is extra cheese. But it is a protein substitution so I’ll include it in as one.

 

Vegan Chocolate

>I actually wrote this post for my other site, but am moving some posts here to keep this blog filled with good content.

I found this site earlier today, and based on what I have heard and read about it I definitely recommend it. Well, kinda, I personally recommend NO sweets because too much sugar causes weight gain, which is a factor in diabetes and heart disease, but hey, if you are going to eat any sweets, try it out.

I personally have not eaten anything on it yet, but have heard good things about it. I personally might not buy from it too often because I am really not a huge consumer of sweets, and am trying to lower my added sugar intake.

But there is a Vegan store online called Premium Chocolatiers that makes milk-chocolate tasting chocolate without the use of dairy or eggs, and most of their stuff is Nut-Free. And for the most part their chocolate is pretty cheap. 6 chocolate bar combo pack is only 13 dollars, a 5 pack of single flavor is 11 dollars. The biggest costs comes from shipping, which is about 7$ if you live in the US, and 4 dollars extra for heat protection to make sure the chocolate does not melt in transit. So it is probably better to buy all this chocolate and candy in bulk.

They sell chocolate bars of many different flavors, peanut butter cups, their own version of M&M’s, Chocolate covered pretzels, and candy specific for different holidays, including peppermint bark candy bars and chocolate figures on a stick. Here is some pictures from the website:

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I think it is really cool website with some yummy looking treats, and is a good idea either if you are vegan, or if you are lactose intolerant or have a nut allergy. Just know that you don’t have to be Vegan or even vegetarian to enjoy vegan foods. And we all need some chocolate from time to time.

Enjoy ^_^

Are Eggs Healthy?

In a few words: Probably not. But let me explain further.

Eggs are high in Saturated Fat and have very little else besides Vitamin D and B12 (which it only has a little of) that could be of any use. However, I am not going to mention Cholesterol when talking about eggs, as the latest change to the Dietary Guidelines mentions this:

Cholesterol. Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day. The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum cholesterol, consistent with the conclusions of the AHA/ACC report.

Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”

However, eggs are high in saturated fat, which the change constantly mentions should be avoided if at all possible, but does note that it is almost impossible in this day and age to eliminate ALL saturated fat from your diet without suffering the possibility of nutrient deficiencies.

The issue is, the argument on Saturated Fat alone does not really help the Vegan cause, mainly because a typical serving of most nuts or seeds contain the same, if not MORE, Saturated Fat per serving as eggs do. This is not to say that eggs are in any way healthy, but that they are not the worst food in existence in terms of Saturated Fat.

Eggs do have a low enough amount of Saturated Fat so that you can include them in a healthy diet as long as you keep the eggs to a minimal and not add too much more saturated fat into your diet. However, there is more to think of in terms of egg consumption, for instance:

142,000 people get salmonella food poisoning from eggs on an annual basis. Although this is not the main cause of Salmonella, as 80% comes from poultry, meat, eggs, and even fish. The CDC notes that only 18% of Salmonella Outbreaks come from Eggs, and a very similar amount of Salmonella poisoning also comes from fruits, vegetables, Legumes, Leafy Greens, and nuts. Although avoiding animal products and eggs would definitely lower your risk of foodbourne illness, calling out eggs in specific for Salmonella seems a bit disingenuous.

Another issue that I have seen with eggs is that there was a study done in 2012 which brought the results that the consumption of egg yolks were as bad for you as years of smoking. However, further insight into this study finds that it was incredibly flawed, and only mentions a correlation, as well as the study completely ignoring input of many other dietary and health factors prior to publication. In fact, studies have shown that egg consumption of even one egg a day does not have any adverse effects in terms of Coronary heart Disease.

Minor consumption of eggs per day, such as an egg a day, is not seen to be unhealthy in most individuals. However, like with everything, moderation is key. Keep egg consumption at a minimum, but you don’t have to fully exclude it from your diet to be healthy. There are, however, moral reasons to not eat eggs, including the harm done to chickens as a result of factory farming, but healthwise there is no reason to exclude eggs from your diet.

Cron-O-Meter: Good, Bad, and Nifty

I just learned about Cron-O-Meter, or cronometer.com, about a week or two ago. And thus far, I like it.

Cron-O-Meter is a nifty nutrition tool that adds up what you have eaten in a day, and tells you everything from the typical caloric, fat, carb, and protein intake, to telling you what vitimins you ate, what percentage of recommended daily intake you consumed, and even all the different types of protein you eat, from Cystine to Valine.

This program also helps you determine if you are eating enough B-12, Omega Fatty Acids, and even Minerals. It’s very in-depth, so it is really helpful for anyone who is on a vegetarian or a vegan diet, who wants to know if they are eating a complete nutritious diet.

It does have some issues though. If you want to insert anything prepackaged or canned, or really anything that isn’t raw foods, they won’t list any nutrition composition besides what is listed on the package. So if I eat a can of peaches, I often just say I ate a raw peach. There are slight differences, but it is more accurate as a whole.

It helped me a lot as a vegetarian because I found out how much I am failing at proper nutrition intake. It also showed me some very awesome stuff, such as:

Eating only half a head of Romaine Lettuce gives you a full days supply of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Folate. A fair amount of Fiber, and Manganese, and also gives you a small amount of every single protein known to man:

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This may not seem like much, but just remember, this is just half a head of romaine lettuce, that won’t be all you eat.

This program is really helpful either for people on a diet, or for people just wanting to know if they are eating enough nutrients on a daily basis, and I have seen it portrayed as a godsend for Vegans and Vegetarians who are often worried and hounded about their nutrient intake by other people.

Sign up for this site is free and you can use it as you see fit. You can upgrade if you desire, but I don’t know what more the upgrades give you, and besides, for most people, this is awesome as it is. So check out CronOMeter.com when you got the chance.