In meat-loving China, mavericks see future in plant-based protein | Business and Economy News

Susan S. Johnson

Hong Kong, China – Kate Tu, a 31-year-old English teacher in southwest China’s Yunnan province, is used to getting strange looks when she tells people she doesn’t eat meat.

“My family thinks I’m crazy for being vegetarian,” Tu, who lives in the city of Dali, told Al Jazeera. “They don’t understand. They can’t understand. They will never understand this lifestyle.”

For Tu’s friends and family, eating meat every day is considered a necessary part of a healthy diet.

“They think I’m malnourished and should eat red meat because it’s good for my health,” said Tu, who transitioned to a plant-based

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Prostate Cancer and the Plant-Based Diet

Susan S. Johnson

Some research suggests that people with early stage prostate cancer who switch to a plant-based diet can reduce their risk of advanced prostate cancer. Research also shows that a plant-based diet may reduce the risk of a prostate cancer diagnosis overall.

One in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout their life.

Though prostate cancer is a serious disease, some lifestyle changes, like switching to a plant-based diet, may improve outcomes and disease progression.

Here’s everything there is to know about plant-based diets, including how they can impact early stage prostate cancer and how they may be used alongside

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A Plant-Based, Dairy-Inspired Dish | Food Recipes Entertaining

Susan S. Johnson

(Family Features) With the rise in popularity of plant-based diets and dishes, combining them with dairy products can create a superfood power couple. For example, the cheddar cheese found in these Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers helps optimize nutrient absorption from the rice, black beans, corn and tomatoes to create a nutritious and delicious appetizer or meal.

Find more recipes that combine the goodness of dairy and plant-based foods at

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

  • 6             large sweet bell peppers
  • 1/2         cup diced sweet onion
  • 1             cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in
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The main reasons to switch to a plant-based diet

Susan S. Johnson
Vegetarian food
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National Meat Free Week (Nationale Week Zonder Vlees, 7–13 March) is an initiative to reduce meat consumption. Assistant professor Paul Behrens is studying what impact a change in our food consumption would have on the world. What, according to him, are the main reasons to switch to a (mainly) plant-based diet?

“If you look all the different types of environmental impacts, switching to a plant-based diet is the single largest action that we can take as individuals,” says Behrens. “Food systems are behind energy when it comes to driving climate change but they still make up

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