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How Safe is Cloudy Olive Oil?

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You may have experienced it yourself. You just bought some new olive oil, and back home it does not look transparent, but cloudy. It often makes people wonder if something is wrong with it. Is there reason to worry about its safety?

Reasons for the cloudy appearance

There are various reasons for why olive oil looks cloudy. First of all, cloudy olive oil can simply mean unfiltered oil. Sometimes oil is not filtered on purpose to make sure all the flavors are maintained. What you see is olive pulp that has not had any time to settle. Over time, this settles to the bottom of the bottle. There is absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to unfiltered oil.

Olive oil can also become cloudy when it is cooled down. Small lumps that float around in bottles of extra virgin olive oil are natural wax pallets. Just like a lot of other fruits, olives have a waxy coating on their skin. This protects them from insects and other harmful elements. When olives are pressed into olive oil, cold temperatures can cause this wax to clump together. These bits actually enrich the flavor of your olive oil. The cloudiness from the clumps will clear up when the oil reaches room temperature again. You can use this olive oil without having to worry about its quality.

What about old olive oil?

When it comes to very old olive oil, you have to be more careful before using it. I do not expect this to come as a surprise. Old olive oil is often recognizable from the slime that clings to the side. A simple sniff test can also help you out when doubting. Pour some oil in a cup and sniff. If it smells rancid, your olive oil has gone bad. If there is nothing weird about its smell, it is perfectly fine to use.

Bringing the oil back to transparency

If you do not like the cloudy look your olive oil has, it is quite easy to get it back to transparency. Note that is it not necessary to warm up olive oil before using it. Whether it is warmed up or cold, it can be used without any problems.

First of all, make sure the oil is not stored in a cold place, like a refrigerator. A research conducted by Michigan state university clearly shows the co-relation between cloudy olive oil and cold temperatures. If it is, you can move it to a warmer area to melt it a little bit. This can take a couple of days. To speed up the process, you can also give the bottle or container that contains your olive oil a bath. This means that you fill your sink with warm water and place the bottle or container in it. Do not use extremely hot water, as this can damage the quality of the oil. It takes about 30 minutes before the oil starts to become a more transparent liquid. Whenever you are happy with it, you can take it out and use it.

Remember that cloudy olive oil is completely safe to use. The cloudiness represents a richer flavor, which is quite a positive thing if you would ask me. If your olive oil smells bad, it is bad. Otherwise, there is absolutely no need to leave it untouched.

cloudy olive oil is safe to use

Rohit has been a Vegan for over 3 years and a vegetarian for life. He loves going to the gym, martial arts and cooking easy vegan recipes. He has a vast knowledge of Veganism and understands how it impacts our health and well-being.

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MYTHS ABOUT VEGANISM THAT YOU NEED TO STOP BELIEVING IN RIGHT NOW

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What??

Are you a vegan

What do you eat?

 Plants?? 

How do you get all the protein, calcium, and all the essential nutrients that WE CAN ONLY get from milk, meat, and eggs? 

Well, HEY!

 Enough is enough! 

(sharply) 

This is not true! 

This is just one myth we are talking about; there is still a lot of stuff about veganism that people don’t understand. 

If you scroll over the internet, you will find many memes and pages depicting how vegans are so chi-chi about the food they eat, or you will discover non-expert gurus warning you about how unhealthy vegan food is. 

If you have decided to go vegan after watching a video on how animals are abused for us, but you are afraid to be one, because of all the negativity you see on the internet and have lost all the hope to save the animals, well. 

Hey! What is with all the negativity?

We are here to make you understand more about veganism and to help you with your vegan journey.

 To get you on board with us, we have mentioned these myth-busters about veganism that were beholding you from becoming a vegan. 

1. VEGANS ARE MALNOURISHED PEOPLE 

Ahh…! This one is our favorite.

Vegan diets are considered to have low nutrition because vegans don’t consume milk, meat, and eggs. 

Well, we have been trashed over this from the very beginning, and we disagree with it because the vegan diet is healthy. 

The vegan diet is just like any other diet you have to take care of what you are putting in your body. 

In fact, vegan diets are far more nutritious because vegans consume 7-10 portions of fruit and vegetables to fulfil their nutritional requirements. 

Vegans are more aware of the amount of what they are consuming and have lower risks of obesity and heart diseases. 

Vegan food is nutrious.

2.  VEGANS LIVE ON SUPPLEMENTS 

This myth is totally baseless because vegan diets already contain all the vital nutrients that are required by the body. We get the optimal amount of necessary nutrients from vegetables, seeds, pulses, fruits. 

Deficiency happens when you exclude an entire food group from your diet; for example, if you follow the keto diet, you are avoiding certain nutrients from your food. 

This type of diet can cause deficiency, but according to the doctors, no diet is perfect, it is all about working with your doctor to ensure that you are getting all the nutrients. 

Vegans are presumed to take various health supplements to stay healthy.
Various health supplements.

3. VEGANS CAN’T LIFT WEIGHTS

Right from childhood, we are made to believe that we can get essential proteins from animals only. Which is incredibly wrong as there are various sources to obtain protein. 

For instance, tofu, nuts, seeds, grains and also there are various plant-based protein powders available in the market. 

If you don’t believe us, you can see various athletes who are turning to a vegan diet and have seen great results in their performance. 

Vegans can get all their proteins from the plants.

4. VEGANS ARE TAKING AWAY THE LIVELIHOOD OF DAIRY FARMS

Many dairy industry people abuse us because they think that we are taking away their livelihood, which is not valid.

If there will be no demand for dairy products, you dairy farm owners can switch to agriculture as there is going to be considerable demand for plants. 

See, you can switch from cruelty to ethics. 

A farmer growing crops.
Veganism will open more agricultural possibilities.

5. VEGANISM IS HARD TO FOLLOW

 No, it is not! 

Veganism is a change of lifestyle, not changing your entire life. You obviously won’t achieve it overnight. There are going to be cravings, and you will find it difficult to follow veganism.

Therefore, it is essential to slowly transit and substitutes the recipes.

 It is easy to follow veganism in the urban areas because there are going to be various options, therefore don’t trust this myth. Various vegans have changed their lifestyle withing 1 month and are enjoying their healthy diet. 

Veganism is not boring.
Veganism is not hard to follow there are various delicious options available.

6. VEGANS PREACH ABOUT ANIMAL RIGHTS ALL THE TIME

Does being aware of animal rights means that we are preachy?

(crickets chirping) 

No, being aware of animal rights means that we feel their pain and respect their life. 

We live in a society where people are dependent upon animal-based products, and they are going to pick on you. 

We live in a very hypocrite society where if you don’t have a cake because you are on a diet nobody will say anything, but if you say that you can’t have it because you are vegan, they are going to pick on you. 

And when asked about their choice they are picked and termed as Preachy! 

Thankfully, you can go to various vegan pages for support. 

Animals are the sentimental beings.
Animals are the sentimental beings.

7. VEGANS CAN’T ENJOY FOOD OUT

Well, we think that plant-based food is available in every restaurant and vegans can have it happily. If you are going to a non-vegan restaurant, your options may get limited, but once you go to vegan restaurants, you will enjoy the food there. 

Many people are turning vegan, and therefore, more and more restaurants are coming with vegan alternatives as there is huge customer demand. 

Many chain restaurants like Tack bell have their own vegan menu.

There is a vegan alternative to every junk food out there.
There is a vegan alternative to every junk food out there.

8. VEGANISM IS ONLY LIMITED TO FOOD

As we say, we boycott animal products, and we don’t only do it in our food as it is not only about food. Everything from fashion, makeup, accessories that are made up of animal products we don’t use it.

More than 100 million animals are harmed every year in the production and testing, therefore, as being aware of the non-food part not using cruelty based products is the central part of being vegan. 

We support cruelty free brands and believe us there are tons of them.

Cruelty free make up brushes.
Cruelty free make up brushes.

So, these were some common myths about veganism that you need to stop believing right now. There are vegan versions of every junk food you know, and it is not unhealthy to follow a vegan diet. 

In fact, think about the satisfaction and delight you would feel knowing that you didn’t kill any animal to fill your stomach! 

There are various events, festivals, protests that are vegan centric and you must be in the loop so that you don’t lose the spirit! 

Do express your views down below! 

Happy Veganism!

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101 BEGINNER’S GUIDE ON HOW TO BE A VEGAN?

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How to be a vegan in 2020?
Animals are not products. Life doesn’t have a price.

2020 is the year of veganism! 

More and more people are going vegan, not only by choosing a vegan diet but also by adopting a vegan lifestyle. 

 Vegan fashion, accessories, and beauty products are on high demand because many people are realizing that the cruelty animals face to make us look fancy is not just worth it! 

Posting photographs on social media with your pets with the caption “I love animals” and then having a chicken dinner is not cool! 🙁 

Because the dead-decorated dinner on your table is also an animal and deserves the same love and respect. 

So, if you have taken the best decision of your life to go vegan! 

Then, Kudos to you! : ) 

You have made the best decision for your life, health, and animals who share the lap of mother earth with us. 

Now, as you have taken this decision all you need to learn is how to make this drastic transition as a beginner and live the most out of your new life.

This transition is considered difficult by many but….

Spoiler!

 It is not! 

In fact, the good news is that we have laid down this handy beginner’s guide for you! 

All you need to know about going vegan is listed down below! 

But before jumping on what a vegan diet is and what a vegan can eat, let us first understand some basics of veganism. 

Going vegan is the new cool
2020 is the year of Veganism.

What is vegan? 

Vegan is anything that forbids all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, be it in food, clothes, accessories, and entertainment.  

What is the history behind the term ‘vegan’? 

Vegan is a term derived by combining the first and last two letters from ‘vegetarian.’ 

The term vegan was put forward by a small group of vegetarians who excluded themselves from the Leicester Vegetarian Society in England in 1944.

They excluded themselves to form the vegan society that chooses not to consume any animal-derived products in addition to forbidding the meat and eggs. 

What is the difference between vegetarian and vegan?

The main difference between vegan versus vegetarian is that a vegetarian will only avoid meat and eggs and can include dairy, honey, and poultry products. 

But a vegan will avoid all the animal-derived products, including honey, dairy, poultry, and eggs. 

What is the difference between Vegan and plant-based? 

It is essential to understand the underlining difference between a vegan and a plant-based diet. It is true that both of them strictly exclude all the animal-based products, but the plant-based diet is much more inflexible when it comes to food.

A plant-based diet is actually what it echos like it is strictly a diet based on what you find in nature. Cooking and baking are okay!

 But there is a big no to the processed food. Which means you can only eat a diet that includes plants. 

No ice-cream, pizzas, alcohol, white flour, etc. 

So, as we have understood the central concept about veganism, now let’s dive in and read about the vegan diet. 

Wondering about how to be a vegan? Well, fear no more here are best plant based alternatives for animal based products.
Veganism is all about choosing a healthy lifestyle.

What is a vegan diet? A guide on foods and substitutes. 

We get it! 

It is overwhelming and, at the same time, very confusing for the beginners to know what they can and can’t eat as a vegan. 

The most common question that beginners ask is, 

What is vegan food? 

What do vegans eat? 

Well, well, well!! 

It looks like vegan diet is the easy peasy thing in the whole universe that you can follow. In many studies, the vegan diet has been proved to be the most healthiest diet for humans.  

And from the past three years, it has become cheap and easy to buy vegan food. 

What vegans can eat? 

You can make your Sunday morning pancakes and late-night binge-watching dinners from anything that comes directly from plants and do not come through/ with/from the help of animals. 

You can always have seeds, grains, nuts, vegetables, fruits, herbs, and spices. 

And just to tickle your taste buds, you can always have vegan junk food like ice cream, vegan cake, vegan butter, vegan beverages…. Etc. 

What vegans can’t eat, and what are their substitutes? 

  1. Vegans can’t eat meat, but instead, they can eat coconut bacon, tofu, lentil, and other options available in vegan meats. 
  2. Vegans can’t consume dairy products because they are made from the breast milk of animals; instead, it can be substituted with Cashew cheese, nut milk, soya milk, coconut whipped cream, and other options available in vegan dairy products. 
  3. Vegans also can’t eat honey because it is bee vomit ( ugh eww, right?) you can replace honey with date syrup, maple syrup, etc. 
  4. Vegans can’t eat eggs in any form, but instead, they can eat flax seeds, chickpea flour scrambled eggs, etc. 
  5. Other than this, our food industry uses many products that are animal-derived; therefore, always check the ingredients list, or the best option is to opt for stuff that has the official vegan logo embossed on it. 

Now, as we have talked about the food, let’s talk about how we can make the transition process smooth. 

3 Tips to make vegan transition easier

  1. Don’t rush the process: Many people quit being vegan because, initially, they just run the process. Firstly, you can start cutting back the cow’s milk with almond milk or soya milk or any other plant-derived milk options. Then you can begin replacing the meat in a hamburger with make meat; there are many vegan brands in the market. 
  2.  Always remember why you started: This happens a lot of time that you forget why did you take this decision in the first place. Just as a reminder you must watch all the documentaries on veganism, or must follow a social media page that supports veganism, 
  3. Don’t be hard on you: Okay, let’s face this we all grow up eating dairy and meat, it will take time to eliminate all the non-vegan food from our life. Forcing it won’t help; instead, you will end up eating an entire cheesecake or a cheese burst pizza and then will return to your melancholic mood. 

Now, you know everything about being a vegan. If you have any questions about it, leave it in the comment section below! 

Opinions are welcomed, too, we would love to hear your beautiful thoughts! 

Have a marvelous vegan journey!  <3

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Is Mock Meat Healthier than Real Meat?

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Mock meat – A Plant-based meat is a good choice for a healthy life. But most people still have the pertaining question in their minds, is mock meat healthy or unhealthy? Mock meat provides your body with fibers, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other useful nutrients. It also has lower level of fats that with high level can cause heart disease.

Plant-based food has become popular and is increasingly considered worldwide.

Mock Meat

Nowadays, many people can get their protein content from plant-based meat, for different reasons related to health, ethics, and the environment.

In this article, you will know all you need to know about:

  • What is mock meat?
  • Is Mock Meat healthy?
  • Can we eat mock meat regularly?
  • What about salt content?
  • What are the popular brands?

What is Mock Meat?

Mock meat, which is also called the vegan meat, is actually a fake meat or meat analogs. Such meats are products having certain features of real meat such as texture, flavor or appearance. They are a good source of protein.

Mock meat is made from soy, wheat gluten, vegetable protein or mix of those three components. Mock meat doesn’t contain any animal products like eggs, milk proteins or other animal products.

Meatless substitutes contain some of animal products such as milk or egg, and they are not suitable for vegans.

As mock meat may lack some minerals and vitamins which already exist in red meats, mock meat can be fortified with all of these nutrients in suitable amounts such as vitamin B12, iron, and zinc.

Is Mock Meat Healthy?

  • Mock meat, especially the fortified meat, can provide your body with all needed nutrients like red meat.
  • It is also lower in fat and cholesterol-free, and provides your body with fiber, which helps to avoid the exposure to animal hormones and antibiotics.
  • As a real meat, excessive use of vegan meat can be unhealthy.
  • There is no need to use it every day or several times during the day. As everything with high amount can lead to undesirable effects. So use it with moderate amounts.

Mock Meat and Real Meat – Key Differences

  • Real meat provides the body with proteins, vitamins like B12, niacin and minerals like zinc and selenium.
  • Some studies indicate that real meat can increase your body fat and cholesterol, so you need to adjust your daily intake of it.
  • On the other hand, mock meat can give you suitable amounts of protein and lower fats and cholesterol. But it doesn’t contain vitamin B12, zinc and iron.
  • Many companies of vegan meat include this important vitamins and minerals to their products.
  • Some mock meats are highly processed. So try to choose the least processed one.
  • Both mock and real meat can be healthy when used with suitable amounts.

Processed Meat & Manufactured Meat – ↑ More Salt

It is well-known that processed and manufactured products are high in salt. Also, the majority of the vegan meat is processed. It contains high salt content as a flavor and preservative.

  • Note:
  • The salt content changes majorly from a product to another. So, you need to check the label and use the one that is low in salt.
  • You need to adjust your daily salt intake to avoid high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • The best option is with sodium lower than 120mg per 100g, and also option with lower than 400mg per 100g is a good choice.

Examples of Vegan Meat Substitutes

There are many plant-based sources of protein such as:

  • Tofu

Tofu is manufactured from condensed soy milk which then pressed to form blocks like cheese from the milk. It has a mild flavor so easily mixed with other food to be tasty.

  • Tempeh

Tempeh is formed of whole soybean not only the milk as tofu. So it may have higher protein and fiber than tofu. Also, it has a stronger flavor.

  • Mushrooms

Mushroom is considered a good substitute for meat, as it has meat-like taste, high fibers, low calories and also unprocessed.

  • Beans and legumes

Beans and legumes can provide your body with protein, fiber and iron.  Beans examples are chickpeas and black beans and others.

More Examples of Plant-Based Sources of Protein

  • Oats
  • Hemp seeds and sunflower seeds
  • Lentils
  • Brown rice
  • Nuts

Highly processed foods are higher in saturated fat, salt, and sugar. On the other hand, the foods made from plant-based sources are higher in vitamins, minerals and fibers so highly nutritive.

Vegan Meat Brands and Alternatives

Vegan meat alternatives have become widely available at different markets around. You can choose from a wide variety of different brands, such as:

  • Beyond meat
  • Morningstar
  • Gardein
  • Tofurky
  • Lightlife
  • Boca burger
  • Sweet earth natural foods
  • Quorn
  • Simply balanced
  • Yves Veggie Cuisine

Conclusion & Summary

So for those who repeatedly question is mock meat healthy or not, Vegan meat is an appropriate source that is rich in protein, fiber, and vital nutrients. Mock meat is lower in iron, zinc, and vitamins, such as vitamin B12, compared to the real meat. However, mock meat can be fortified by all of these nutrients with moderate amounts as well. Therefore, mock meat is a suitable option for both vegetarians and vegans.

Importantly, it is advisable to regularly eat neither mock meat nor the real meat, as the high amounts of both of them can be harmful to your health.

  • You need to check the label to choose the product with lower salt and fat content to avoid high blood pressure and heart disease.
  • Also, if you are a vegan, this step will help you to know if the food contains any animal products or not.

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