White Castle’s New Veggie Slider

Every day it seems there seems to be a new vegan product being made at a large chain restaurant or manufacturer. Ben&Jerry’s came out with 3 new flavors of non-dairy icecream not too long ago, Starbucks has some secret menu Vegan frappe options, and just recently, White Castle has released their brand new Black Bean slider! This comes as a stark contrast with my earlier news showing that Taco Bell reverted to putting dairy-based powdered butter in their rice.

Now White Castle already had a pretty good broccoli-based veggie slider, but it is good to mix up the taste a little with their new Black Bean sliders, that contain corn and bell peppers! To date, I can’t seem to find the caloric content for these sliders, but I don’t think they are going to be too much more nutritious than their green (and amazingly delicious) counterparts.

I critiqued the nutritional content for their veggie-sliders in a previous post, as those sliders were severely lacking in any nutritional content, meanwhile being filled to the brim with near empty calories. I am hoping that since the new sliders are made with black beans and bell peppers, that their Iron, Protein, and Vitamin C content will at least be reasonable for a slider.

That said, I am happy to see that White Castle has went national with this new vegan creation, as we are still waiting for the meme-creating Wendy’s to allow their Black Bean burger outside of the 24 locations they debuted in last year. However, it is sad to note that the White Castle veggie slider is only a limited time offer, and not a full-time menu option, so if you are going to try it, I suggest you do so quickly.

Each slider is only 99 cents, which is the same price as their regular veggie sliders. So it is a good price for what you get!

Taco Bell’s Rice Is No Longer Vegan

Taco Bell has changed the recipe for their rice, altering the recipe. Their previous Laytin Rice has been changed for their new Buttery Rice, which does contain a small amount of Dehydrated Butter.

This rice is supposed to incorperate the best of their Latin and Mexican rice, but in my opinion simply falls flat, making the rice taste more like the rice you mix with melted butter at home.

This news, despite being minor, does not suit well with vegans. Since Taco Bell was certified by the Vegetarian Society a few years back, which worked with Taco Bell to point out their vegetarian and vegan menu options, they have been held in high regard by vegetarians and vegans alike. Since this alteration however, which seems to change a perfectly vegan food option, rice, and adds an unnecessary dairy ingrediant in it, left many vegans scornful.

Veganizing otherwise non-vegan options has been a past-time for many who eat at Taco Bell, and it used to be that all one had to do was ask for a 7-layer burrito to be “fresco” in order for it to be vegan. Now it makes it more complicated, as asking for a Cheesy Bean and Rice burrito to be Fresco will not take out the rice, leaving the butter-sodden rice to remain in the burrito, making it non-vegan.

This has also drew the scorn of a few people who suffer from rather severe Lactose Intolerance, making this yet another unnecessarily dairy-laden product, and therefore inedible. Hopefully Taco bell learns from this and reverts the rice back to a non-buttery state, but I doubt that such a thing will happen anytime soon.

Until then, I guess Taco Bell can stomach the lost sales by the myriad of people who can’t stomach their new rice.

Anti-GMO Group Throws Feces and Rotten Eggs At Plant-Breeding Conference

Imagine being so upset that a group of plant breeders and botanists are talking about agriculture that you storm in wearing a mask and throw urine, cow poop, and rotten eggs everywhere. Imagine being so influenced by the cult of fear at a harmless substance that you result to throwing a thuggish temper tantrum and smear sh*t all over the walls. You don’t have to imagine anymore because this is exactly what happened at Swiss university ETH Zurich (What is it with university students and acting violently towards people they disagree with?).

This childish act of terrorism was directed at the European Society for Plant Breeding Research, which was supported by many pro-GM (Genetic Modification) companies. As a result of the actions, the conference had to be postponed. 300 people were evacuated from the conference room as it had to be cleaned. The conference did continue as planned later on that day.

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This is not the first time that Anti-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) proponents acted violently because they have no evidence to back up their irrational claims. One pro-GMO group was bombed last year, just one instance of tons that are coming into the light. Anti-GMO people fervently believe that GMO’s are untested, harmful, dangerous, and hurts small farmers. None of these have any proof at all. They use pictures of vegetables with syringes in them, children and minorities with look sick and zombified, and they make up words like Frankenfood, and Killer Tomatoes. They do this because no sound scientific research agrees with their conclusion that GMO’s are harmful. When you can’t beat them with facts, scare them!

It’s like a vaccines and Autism debate. Non-existant. There is no evidence that genetic modification is harmful, and it is about time we accepted the science over the fear-mongering. And no, Monsanto STILL has not paid me.

ADDENDUM:

8/30/2016 Eucarpia themselves released a statement on the issue. “Shit on technology” was written on the walls, and the suspects were followed by members of the speech and were arrested. As far as I know no group has come forward to take credit for the crime.

Death Threats, Bad Arguments, and Political Correctness

Ok, so you know what I think about death threats already if you read my blog, I only mention it here, here, and here. But for those of you who missed my stance on it, death threats are wrong and sending them only harms the cause you claim to be for, no matter how passionate you are about the cause, or no matter how oppressed you claim to be.

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Aryanna Gourdin, a 12 year old hunter, posted pictures of a giraffe she killed on social media, and then donated the meat fro the giraffe to feed a local village. Note that Giraffe is often eaten as meat and sold by commercial hunters native to Africa, so giraffe meat is not rare there. I will not condone the hunting of Giraffe though unless it is by the villagers and they don’t have any other source of food. I also would NEVER condone taking a picture and being prideful of such a thing. But Gourdin received multiple death threats as a result.

Among the death of the giraffe came many bad arguments from Gourdin’s hunting guide, including the all known “Man has done this since the beginning of time.” argument. Hunting is unnecessary in 2016 in the first world but is perfectly OK to uselessly take the life of another living being because it’s “tradition”. Ugh. We have done many things since the “beginning of time” that we probably shouldn’t do, such as genocide, and warring of land, and idk, slavery?

The argument that they donated the meat, therefore it was OK also doesn’t make sense. The ends almost never justify the means in cases of hunting. Although I will state that hunting is far more ethical

When asked why they posted the pictures online when they obviously cause outrage, the answer was “I’m tired of this political correctness. I’m not about to cower down from doing something we’ve always done.”

I will agree that Political Correctness has indeed gone too far, but there is a stark difference between political correctness and what is going on here. It would be considered “Politically Incorrect” to criticize the rioters in Milwuakee, Furguson, and Baltimore, who burned down their own neighborhoods and destroyed their own livelihoods for “justice.” It would be considered “Politically Incorrect” to state that America is one of the best places to live in, in terms of equality, ability, opportunity, safety, and kindness, which it is.

However. It is not “politically incorrect” to post a picture of yourself next to the body of a dead animal in pride, it’s Morally Incorrect, it’s flat out sadistic and narcissistic. And I have noticed this a lot in the political realm when it comes to labeling anything PC:

I once had a guy come up to me at work and while we were talking he said that Native Americans were savages. I told them they were not, they were a fairly civil people, if anyone was uncivil it was the Europeans who killed them off and stole their land. The next thing out of his mouth was “Why do you have to be so Politically Correct?”

The facts of history are not “Politically Correct,” they are “Literally Correct,” regardless of whether or not they might be “Liberal” or “Conservative” in nature. Animals feel pain and they suffer, they want to live, this is another thing that is seen as “Politically Correct” but is actually correct. The Federalist had this to say:

It seems an animal—a non-rational, soulless creature—is more important than a girl who is living out her dreams, refusing to be bound by her sex or age, and spending quality time with her father.

A non-rational, soulless creature? First of all, let’s get into rationality. Animals can mathematically judge distances, determine is something is a threat or a friend, and they can determine whether it would be smart to do something before they do it. They can even have belief systems so complex that ritualistic behavior can occur. This idea that animals simply run on instinct is flawed and pseudoscientific, as science has concluded that animal rationality is indeed a thing, even if it is not as complex as our own.

I am not even going to get into whether or not animals have souls. It’s not my job to prove the existence or non-existence of souls, I can simply state that no evidence exists as of this date that they are present in any living being, including humans.

Hunting is OK when you are in poverty and it is a significant source of food in your diet. Hunting is not OK when you are simply doing it for fun, or to look edgy, or when you don’t need to do it. And saying such is not “Politically Correct” it should simply be the reality of it all.

Unnatural Vegan V. Jen Journey. Is Telling The Truth Harmful To Veganism?

For those of you who read this blog often, I try not to mention too much drama here. I try to simply talk about plant- based health, and fast food places. However, since this is a topi in relation to holistic quackery, I decided that it is about time for me to make a post about it.

So Jen Journey is a vegan YouTuber who has stage 4 cancer and the doctors told her she only had a certain amount of time to live. As a last ditch hope, Jen Journey went to her fans and e-begged for tens of thousands of dollars to pay for a therapy known as Gerson Therapy, who runs its operations out of the country because the United States has deemed it to be a sham therapy.

Dr Michael Greger, even though I dislike the guy, along with many other vegan researchers has done research into this therapy, and concluded that it is harmful. Juice cleanses and coffee enemas, which the therapy is known for, does nothing to cure cancer, but they lured in Jen with the promise of being able to cure her cancer. Having family who have died of cancer myself, it pisses me off to think that companies are scamming fragile worries people in their last months of life with bullsh*t claims of being able to cure stage 4 cancer.

Unnatural Vegan made a video telling people that if they donated to Jen, they are being directly responsible for her uncomfortable death, and telling people that Gerson Therapy is a scam therapy, and if someone wanted to donate money to make her last months as comfortable as possible, that would be a great cause to donate to.

Jen got enough money to pay over 5000 a week out of pocket for this therapy, which I remind you is coffee enemas and juice cleanses, so the price is awfully high. And despite what the witch doctors might have said, Jen was getting sicker in that sham clinic. I know that because Juice does not cure cancer. There is no “Holistic” way to cure cancer. Period. Injecting cow liver directly into the bloodstream also doesn’t sound very vegan.

Jen later died a few weeks after her donations dried out and she was kicked from the clinic. Now a lot of people, who already had hate for Unnatural Vegan for being honest about veganism, is getting hate for simply telling the truth about Gerson therapy. Many people even going as far as to tell people that it is Unnatural Vegan’s fault Jen died, and that she is directly responsible and is a murderer for the fact that people who donated to Jen ran out of money or did research into it and stopped donating.

If Jen died in that clinic, people would probably just think she was too far gone or whatever. Let’s do everything but point out the massive elephant in the room!

So is being honest and open about sham therapy harmful to veganism? No.

I have no issue with pointing out that Jen worked entirely on the emotion of fear and refused any conventional cancer treatment or comfort treatment. Jen honestly believed that fruit cleanses for over 5000 a week would cure her cancer. Now if she spent her own money nobody would care, but she begged her followers to donate for her to take this obviously scam therapy. Informing the public is not a crime, and the actions that arise from the public for being told the truth is not the fault of the messenger.

This emotionally-driven anger at someone who simply mentioned facts is harmful to veganism. Who is going to think of veganism as the logical step to take when vidoes claiming “Logic VS Empathy – Why Unnatural Vegan’s Video About Jen Journey Set Veganism Back” come out, implying that veganism is no place for the logical?

I am sure nobody who is into reality and care about animal rights is going to be influenced by accusations of a vegan telling the truth. The reaction to her being honest is what is hurting veganism.

For anyone who is reading this, here is the only thing that you should take away from this: Juice and Coffee will NEVER cure cancer, and telling people that it won’t isn’t “murder.” Anti-pseudoscience is not pro-murder. Jen was going to die in that clinic, or out of it, and if you think that Jen Journey would have been cured on Gerson Therapy, this blog is not something you should be reading.

You are not helping Jen or honoring her death by accusing someone of killing her by mentioning facts. Empathy is good for veganism, yes, but these temper tantrums are far from helpful to the movement.

Dear Readers

Dear Readers…

I love writing on this site, and plan to continue doing so. I also plan on expanding my posts to also include other scientific topics, including biology, astronomy, geology, and the like. I write on here in my spare time, and due to having a lot to do I don’t have a ton of time to spend continually writing on here full time, but I do wish to upload more frequently, and apologize that I have not done so before.

One of the main issues I have been having is the fact that this blog might not make it into 2017. Ad revenue is meant to help this site grow, but as of right now, almost no revenue is being generated. I also started making videos of some posts to put on YouTube, hoping that the video revenue will also help the site grow. So far I have not gotten much from that either.

This site is only run by a single person, and lately I have been having finacial troubles. Which is only going to get worse as time goes on, including having to pay a lot for insurance, as well as having to pay back student loans, on top of all the other things I already have to pay for, so as I said before, this site might not be able to exist next year.

So I do ask, if you want to help this site grow, to consider giving a small tip, which you can do using Patreon. The basic necessities of the site costs me a little over 200 dollars a year out of pocket, and as of right now, about 30% of that is paid via ads and Patreon.

I want to continue to grow this site, and make it interesting through my Eating Vegetarian At series, Eating Healthy At series, and other posts and editorials about many different topics, from health to veganism. I also want to give research-laden articles about scientific topics and to fight the evergrowing desire for clickbait articles, kinda like how IFLS went in their desire for popularity.

Dispelling myths and debating politics is a passion of mine, and this blog reaches about 1000 people a month according to my view count, and that is only growing. So if you desire to help out, it will be much appreciated. I am sorry for asking this, as I despise requesting assistance, but I promise it won’t be in vain!

Does The Health Benefits Of Sprouts Beat The Risk?

A few foods considered to be “health foods” come with very high risks of some kind of harm, this is what I refer to as The Aspirin Effect. Aspirin can be used to prevent heart attacks, but it is equally as likely to give you a fatal stomach ulcer, so it has health benefits, but as a result also has increased risks that need to be taken into account.

Raw Milk is the same, often toted as a health food that can lower allergies in children who drink it, however, it is also related to tons of Salmonella outbreaks due to not being homogenized. So it has benefits, but it can also kill you.

Sprouts, such as Alfalfa and Mung Bean, can how be added to the list of health foods that can do this. Sprouts are very healthy and can be incorporated into many meals, but the latest outbreaks of Salmonella makes a conflicting view of safety. Since 1996, sprouts have been connected to at least 30 cases of foodbourne illnesses, most of which caused by Salmonella and E-coli. Some manufacturers have been known to use very unsanitary conditions in their plants, which certainly doesn’t help anything, only adding fuel to the fire that sprouts should have a warning label.

Salmonella and E-coli can grow rather easily in sprouts due to the warm environment needed for them to grow, so even a small amount of bacteria can grow rather quickly in that environment. This is why the FDA doesn’t even recommend sprouts that are grown at home as safe for consumption.

Even washing the sprouts in chemicals did not entirely get rid of the risk, which is why many people are advocating for warning labels for the pregnant, elderly, young, and those with compromised immune systems. The final conclusion from the FDA is to simply avoid these foods at all costs if possible.