Why Black Americans are the fastest-growing vegan demographic in the country

TAMPA, Fla. — More Black Americans are choosing plants. According to a Pew Research Center survey, 8% of African Americans identify as vegan or vegetarian compared to just 3% of the general population.

Many people of color say they switched to a plant-based diet for the environment, animal rights and their health.

Levi Tafari is the owner of The Good Life Food Truck in St. Petersburg. The business opened a little more than a year ago with a goal to veganize familiar foods. Tafari said he thinks more people of color are switching over to a plant-based diet because of

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The 9 Best Diets for Weight Loss in 2022, According to U.S. News & World Report

Susan S. Johnson

At last count, from 2015 to 2018, 17.1% of Americans said they were following a specific diet, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. The most common of them all? Weight-loss diets.

So it makes sense that “Best Diet for Weight Loss” is one of several categories featured in U.S. News & World Report‘s annual best diets list, now in its 12th year. A group of 27 medical experts scoured through the details of 40 different programs and lifestyles to determine the best (and the worst) diets for weight loss. The pros just released their

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Fifty years later, ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ remains as urgent as ever. | 0106

Susan S. Johnson





Feeding the Need

Diet for a Small Planet, first published in 1971, has sold more than 2 million copies. The 20th-anniversary edition (right) was updated from the original (left) and included hundreds of recipes. The newest edition (center), published in 2021 for the 50th anniversary, also includes 85 plant-based recipes – including a few originals and a few new ones from renowned contemporary chefs.


WHEN BALLANTINE BOOKS PUBLISHED FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ’S DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET IN 1971, the book attracted very little mainstream press. And why would it? The 26-year-old Lappé was a first-time author and community organizer who had just

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Action needed on vitamin B12 deficiency in people following plant-based diets

Susan S. Johnson
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Plant-based diets (vegetarian or vegan) are becoming significantly more popular as people look to adopt a diet that is seen to be better for the environment, animal welfare, and/or personal health. Sales of plant-based foods have seen a 49 percent increase in Western Europe since 2018.

Scientists from around the world with expertise in food, nutrition, medicine, and health have formed a vitamin B12 research discussion group called cluB-12 to raise awareness of B12 deficiency and how it can be addressed. Vitamin B12 is an essential micronutrient which plays a role in supporting

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