VRG-NEWS: The Vegetarian Resource Group Newsletter
Volume 16, Issue 2
February 2012

CONTENTS

  1. EARTHKOSHER® JOINT KOSHER-VEGAN CERTIFICATION PROGRAM: INTRODUCING THE "VEGAN VERIFIED" SYMBOL
  2. SUBWAY® USA VEGGIE PATTIES CONTAIN EGGS AND DAIRY
  3. VEGANS LESS LIKELY TO HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
  4. REVAMPING A VEGETARIAN, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
  5. LABELING SURVEY - TELL US WHAT YOU THINK VEGAN PRODUCTS SHOULD NOT CONTAIN
  6. DIETS HIGH IN ANIMAL FAT INCREASE RISK OF GESTATIONAL DIABETES
  7. SPECIAL OFFER ON VEGAN PASSOVER COOKBOOKS
  8. VRG'S VEGAN DINNER AT SUBLIME RESTAURANT, FL - MARCH 4
  9. MUSHROOM POWDER SUPPLIES VEGAN VITAMIN D
  10. BETA-CAROTENE IN US BEVERAGES NOT STABILIZED WITH GELATIN, UNLIKE SOME PRODUCTS IN THE UK
  11. MARCH 2012 IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
  12. WHERE'S THE SALT?
  13. REMINDER: VRG'S VEGETARIAN VIDEO SCHOLARSHIP - DEADLINE APRIL 20!
  14. NUTRITION HOTLINE: ADAPTING TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN RECIPES
  15. VRG'S FOOD INGREDIENT GUIDE APP FEATURED ON WPCENTRAL
  16. About The Vegetarian Resource Group
  17. About VRG-NEWS

1) EARTHKOSHER® JOINT KOSHER-VEGAN CERTIFICATION PROGRAM: INTRODUCING THE "VEGAN VERIFIED" SYMBOL

by Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

Since 2007, EarthKosher® has offered affordable kosher certification services to companies around the world. Founder and CEO Rabbi Zecharyah Tzvi Goldman has a particular interest in certifying "...companies that embody a regard for human health, human dignity and respect the environment." As of December 2011, EarthKosher® certifies over 150 companies in seventeen countries.

To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/01/30/earthkosher-joint-kosher-vegan-certification-program-introducing-the-vegan-verified-symbol/ ]


2) SUBWAY® USA VEGGIE PATTIES CONTAIN EGGS AND DAIRY

By Jeanne Yacoubou, MS
VRG Research Director

The VRG recently received a Facebook comment about a January 2012 VRG Blog post on Subway® Canada's vegan patty that has been available for approximately one year as a market option for Subway® Canada restaurants. The Facebook writer asked if the veggie patties which have been available for many years in Subway® USA restaurants were also vegan.

We contacted a senior staff member at Subway® USA in January 2012 who told us that the veggie patty currently available as a market option in all Subway® USA restaurants is "...vegetarian (not vegan) -- it does contain eggs and dairy."

At this time, the veggie patty is not on the Subway® USA national menu. The VRG was informed by Subway® USA that the veggie patties are "commonly seen on the East and West Coasts" where they are most popular among Subway® patrons.

For those in The United States who would like to see their local Subway® offer a vegan patty, the VRG recommends that you contact Subway® at 203-877-4281 and visit them at [ http://www.welovesubway.com ] to voice your opinion.

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3) VEGANS LESS LIKELY TO HAVE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

by Reed Mangels, PhD, RD

High blood pressure affects more than a third of Americans and increases the risk for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. Researchers at Loma Linda University recently looked at 2000 white Seventh-day Adventists. Subjects were classified as vegan (if they ate meat, poultry, fish, eggs, and dairy less than once a month), lacto-ovo vegetarian (ate meat, poultry, and fish less than once a month), partial vegetarian (ate meat and poultry less than once a month but ate fish monthly or ate meat, poultry, or fish at least once once a month but not weekly), and nonvegetarians. "Meat" includes both red meat and poultry. Although these are not the definitions that are used by vegan and vegetarian organizations, this was how the researchers classified their subjects since the categories reflect the way the subjects ate most of the time. About 10% of those studied were categorized as vegan and more than one-third as lacto-ovo vegetarian.

To read the rest of this article, visit our blog: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/02/01/vegans-less-likely-to-have-high-blood-pressure/ ]


4) REVAMPING A VEGETARIAN, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM

By Stephanie Gall, MS, RD and Megan Salazar, dietetic intern

In an effort to improve the nutrition of the vegetarian lunch menu at Vista Ridge Academy, a private Seventh-day Adventist school in Colorado, the old menu was given an overhaul. The new recipes chosen were incorporated into meals that offered a higher standard of nutrient density than those set by the National School Lunch Program (NLSP) and also integrated nutrition standards from various Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) set by the American Dietetic Association. Additionally, the new menu incorporated more fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains but contained less sodium and fat. The resulting menu was more balanced while still maintaining affordability and including foods which were seasonally available. While many aspects of nutrition were improved in the process, there are still many hurdles and challenges with the program. If these can be overcome, the school lunch program at Vista Ridge Academy is sure to be a success as it gets refined for future years. The results from this project have implications in any school system looking to improve their vegetarian offerings or incorporating meatless meals into the school week.

Click here to read the rest of the article: [ http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/adventist_menus/Revamping_a_Seventh_day_adventist_menu.pdf ]

Helpful Materials:

Please visit [ http://www.vrg.org/fsupdate/index.htm ] for more School Food Service resources.


5) LABELING SURVEY - TELL US WHAT YOU THINK VEGAN PRODUCTS SHOULD NOT CONTAIN

Click the link below to fill out the survey: [ http://www.vrg.org/blog/2012/02/03/labeling-survey-tell-us-what-you-think-vegan-products-should-not-contain