Published on the same date, it's as if the writers knew that these tidbits would be shared on my blog! :)
First up in the news is what all of us health-conscious vegetarians and vegans already know, yet it's still important news for average burger & fry-noshing Americans- CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta writes on his 'The Chart' blog about a large scale study (85,000 women and 44,500 men) that concluded animal-based protein diets are associated with increased mortality rates, higher BMIs, and higher cancer rates. I'm happy that someone who's so prominently featured on TV is sharing this info- kudos Dr. Gupta!
And if you've read that article and thought, "I better get some plant based goodies in my system STAT", then you'll find a fun feature in the New York Times' Well Blog about tasty vegan treats. In an effort to combat the ridiculous stereotype that some omnivore perpetuate- that vegetarian/vegan food is boring and bland- the blog cites the recent episode of Food Network's "Cupcake Wars" where vegan chef Chloe Coscarelli won top honors with her vegan cupcakes (and if you scroll down to the comments, the blogger links to the winning cupcake recipes) that wowed the judges.
Okay, so cupcakes are definitely not the healthiest thing you can put in your system, but hey, I did preface this post with "goodies" didn't I? Happy reading (and baking)!