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Vegan Bytes #59- Feeding Your Heart with Fruits, Veggies, Chocolate, and Wine
February 12, 2013

Vegan Bytes #59: Feeding Your Heart with Fruits, Veggies, Chocolate, and Wine

Welcome to the subscriber group! Our newsletter focuses on helping you learn more about veganism and how to apply it to your daily life. Vegan Bytes is dedicated to keeping you up-to-date with the world of food, answering your vegan nutrition questions, and providing you with ideas on ways to spread your lifestyle beliefs.

*Nutritional Spotlight: Heart Healthy Foods to Prevent and Reverse Diseases
*Vegan Travel: Lagusta's Luscious Vegan Chocolate
*Question: "Does a vegan diet promote male pattern baldness?"
*Vegan Ebooks Collection: Vegan Nutritionista's Meal Plans and Cookbooks
*Recipe of the Month: Recipe: Vegan French Toast with the Vegg Egg Yolk
*Product of the Month: Vegan Wine Guide
*What's New?: What's New With Vegan Nutritionista?

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Nutritional Spotlight: Heart Healthy Foods to Prevent and Possibly Cure Diseases

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One of the more amazing statistics most people read, the one that often causes them to go (or stay) vegan, is that doctors have found that by altering diet and making very moderate lifestyle changes, very ill patients can see 100% reversals of illnesses that were once thought to be permanent.

Rather than just saying we have "the fat gene," or will probably get heart disease because every relative ahead of us in line got it, we can actually take charge and reverse course. It's incredibly empowering to know that it doesn't have to be the way we expected. You decide.

This page on preventing heart disease and other degenerative illnesses is one of my favorites, mostly because you can read real stories of people who changed their lives by simply picking other foods than those they ate when they were making themselves sick.

If you have an inspiring story to share, I would absolutely love for you to tell all our readers about what you overcame by changing your diet. As we honor the metaphorical heart this week, let's honor the biological one even more by eating a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds.


Vegan Travel: Vegan Chocolate Shop: Lagusta's Luscious

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New vegans and veg-curious rejoice: you don't have to give up chocolate to live an animal-free lifestyle.

There are loads of amazing vegan chocolatiers popping up every year, and there are even plenty of places that don't advertise their chocolate as vegan that use the right ingredients.

Here are some general rules to remember:

  • Unless it's a vegan chocolate shop, milk chocolate is not going to be vegan
  • Often semi-sweet chocolate is totally fine, though some places use sugar that has been processed with bone-char
  • Not all dark chocolate is vegan, though it's usually you're best bet
  • Animal ingredients to look out for in chocolate: butterfat, buttermilk, whey, honey, and casein.
  • The higher the cacao content, the more antioxidants and healthful benefits. You have to choose at least 70% dark to get those benefits. Snickers do not help reduce your cholesterol levels and lower your blood pressure. Also, when nutritionists talk about the health benefits, they don't intend to tell you to eat a whole bar. One little square of chocolate is all you need.
  • Typically the more expensive and higher quality the chocolate, the more likely it is to be made with just cacao, cocoa butter, sugar, and vanilla. The junkier chocolates are filled with artificial flavorings, milk products, and unreadable words.
  • I like to look for fair trade chocolate, which means that the growers have more control over their farms, rather than having big traders try to offer the lowest prices possible to the farmers and force them out of independent business.

Over the years of being vegan, I've tried many different brands of vegan chocolate that I've really loved, but I've only been to one true vegan chocolate shop. It's a little place in New Paltz, New York, about an hour from New York City, and it's cute and fun and their chocolate is delicious. If you live anywhere near by, you need to stop by. If not, the good news is that they deliver.

I wrote all about Lagusta's Luscious, so come check it out and be enticed. I know it's only a few days before Valentine's Day, but they do deliver, so if you haven't gotten a gift for your favorite person yet, I recommend their chocolate.

And, if you're really late to getting a gift, check out this page for more Valentine's ideas.


"Does a vegan diet promote male pattern baldness?"



"I want to become a vegan but the only thing stopping me is my male pattern hair loss. I still have a full head of hair and to battle my hair loss I take Propecia medication, have a high protein diet, and use a special shampoo. I have read on many websites that eating foods rich in protein like eggs, yogurt, and meat are needed to maintain my hair. Will becoming vegan and giving up those foods make my hair loss worse?"

-Ed, Washington D.C.


From what I know about male pattern hair loss, it seems to be a largely genetic occurrence, so it’s hard for me to say that going vegan would have an effect on your hair loss.

However, I can tell you with 100% certainty that you can absolutely get just as much protein from vegan foods as from eggs, yogurt, and meat. So, if you plan to stick to eating high-protein foods and taking medication, I think you’ll have no problem going vegan. You can browse around Vegan Nutritionista and read more about how abundant vegan protein is in nature.

Also, from the brief research I’ve done on male pattern hair loss, I’ve read that calcium, iron, and silica are incredibly helpful for preventing hair loss. Read the rest of my response about baldness here.


If you have any vegan questions and you want some guidance, feel free to send them in by following this link.


Vegan Nutritionista Downloadable EBooks

Vegan Cooking for Beginners

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Vegan Meal Plans for Winter

Vegan Meal Plans is a complete meal plan for one month vegan weekday dinners. It includes 64 recipes, pictures, nutritional information, grocery lists, and tips and techniques. Everyone from those beginning a vegan diet to those veterans who want fresh menu ideas love this ebook. It focuses on fresh, local, and seasonal vegetables and uses all normal ingredients-- no fussy or gourmet skills needed. Download a copy for only $9.75 here.

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Book of the Month: Vegan Christmas Cookies: 20 Best Vegan Cookie Recipes

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It's the most wonderful time of the year, and part of the reason is because it's time to bake cookies. I've been baking my entire life, and I've been veganizing family recipes and making my own for years. In this ebook you'll find all your old favorites, like Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Thumbprints, Linzers, Peanut Butter with Chocolate Bombs, Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls, Gingerbread, and of course, Vegan Sugar Cookies.

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The Vegan Bread Box: 30 Simple and Delicious Vegan Bread Recipes

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This is one of our most popular cookbooks. I've found it really difficult to find a vegan bread cookbook on the internet; there are tons of recipes out there, but they're scattered all over different sites and you never know which ones are good. This book has everything from an eggless brioche to a classic whole wheat boule recipe, so you'll never have to go scrounging the internet again. I'm so happy people have gotten so much out of this ebook.

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Recipe of the Month: Vegan French Toast with Vegg Egg Yolk

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I love the idea of some romantic heart-shaped vegan French toast to kick off your Valentine's day in style, so this is a perfect recipe for this month's newsletter.

If you're like me, you've probably tried a handful of different vegan versions of French toast since you stopped eating eggs and dairy, and none have been quite right. Most of mine end up stuck to the pan in a miserable waste of a mess that we end up eating anyway because it still tastes good.

Sometimes you want something pretty and reliable, with the perfect, old fashioned French toast texture and flavor. Luckily we have a new product on the scene that can assist us-- the Vegg vegan egg yolk.

See my simple recipe for a delicious vegan French toast that won't stick to the pan... as long as you follow the simple rules in the recipe. Enjoy!


You can share your own recipes and comment on others by following this link to Vegan Nutritionista.


Vegan Product of the Month: Animal-Friendly Wines

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Are you sensing a theme here? We talked about heart healthy foods, chocolate, and now we're on to the wine. It's all about those romantic foods and drinks this month.

You might never have given this a second thought, but there are actually a few rules to finding a vegan wine. Most wines use filtering agents to clarify and refine their wines, and most of the time those filtering agents are some derivative of animals. So, while the drink itself may just contain fermented grapes, the process by which is gets there is often not vegan.

Luckily, more and more vineyards are making outstanding wine without using any animal products. Click here to learn how to find vegan wines and to use my favorite list of animal-friendly booze.


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That's all for this month!! I hope you enjoyed reading it. Have a great month!


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