The Dark Secret Behind YouTube's Vegan Community

The Dark Secret Behind YouTube's Vegan Community

YouTube has long been an open platform for discussion, but in recent years, it seems the platform has become more hostile.

In one segment particularly, the platform has caused serious emotional damage: Vegan.

Vegans of the past have been seen as nature-loving, happy-go-lucky people, striving to “do no harm.” And while that type of Vegan still exists, according to the Atlantic, it seems the culture of YouTube has grown to highlight a radical and often vicious community of vegans fighting over what is “right.”

Take, for example, Stella Rae, a nineteen-year-old Youtube Influencer with thousands of subscribers to her channel promoting Veganism.

After struggling with an eating disorder in her early teens, Rae came to see veganism as “morally righteous” and began aggressively pushing a vegan agenda, often posting confrontational videos like “Dumb Things Meat Eaters Say,” in which she tells non-vegans, “Eggs are literal chicken periods. Why would you want to eat that? That is so disgusting!”

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Cup4Cup Cuts Out Gluten But Never On Flavor

Cup4Cup Cuts Out Gluten But Never On Flavor

Make your own gluten-free treats with Cup4Cup flour and baking mixes. The company replaces traditional flour with those that don’t contain gluten and still give incredible flavor and results. There are two kinds of flour offered right now: multipurpose and wholesome, bot of which will help create the perfect breads or cakes to your liking. 

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How Fast Casual is Catering to Gluten-Free Diners

How Fast Casual is Catering to Gluten-Free Diners

By Kerri Adams, Editor-at-Large

Today, individuals with dietary restrictions are less limited when it comes to dining out.

It has become a standard in the industry to offer options for vegetarians and vegans, along with those who have food allergies.

One of these common food allergies is to gluten. Gluten is usually found in food staples at restaurants, including pasta, breads, crackers, spices and seasonings. And about one in every 133 Americans have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder leads to damage in the small intestine when gluten is eaten

But, the gluten-free trend is being influenced more so from a change in Americans’ lifestyle. 20 million Americans see gluten-free diets as healthier and 13 million have cut gluten from their diets to lose weight.

As more Americans embrace this dietary lifestyle, the gluten-free trend continues to gain momentum. 

Around 22% of adults try to avoid gluten. This market developed into over a $8.8 billion market, which grew by 63% from 2012 and 2014, according to research from Mintel.

Due to the influx in eaters avoiding gluten, there are many different food manufacturers offering gluten-free products which makes it easier for restaurants to serve dishes without gluten.

Paving the way with gluten-free menus are fast casual brands. 

These brands are particularly attractive to consumers due to their customizable food options, so it makes sense that they cater to those with dietary restrictions.

We have decided to take a closer look at the restaurant brands with impressive gluten-free selections.

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The Evolution of Fan Food: Stadium Offerings Reflect a More Educated Consumer

The Evolution of Fan Food: Stadium Offerings Reflect a More Educated Consumer

By Jacqueline Church, Foodable Contributor

What are the top three foods you think of when you hear “ball park” or “stadium?” Most would answer: hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker Jack. Increasingly, the answer is: local, sustainable, gluten-free. 

What’s that? You’re calling for an instant replay?

In fact, the traditional foods are still big fan favorites. However, food trends like locally grown (sometimes very locally grown, like at Boston’s Fenway Park rooftop garden), sustainable, and gluten-free are driving the evolution of fan food.

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City Greens Brings the Farm to NOLA

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New Orleans may be known for its Southern style cuisine, along with its many French, West African, Caribbean and Latin influences, but City Greens is bringing the farm to fast casual. With seasonally-sourced product and a strong community of farmers and friends, this concept focuses on "fresh ingredients for a fresh perspective" on the NOLA food scene.

From Roasted Artichoke Heart Greek Salad to Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup, from Turkey Club Wraps to daily, cold-pressed juices such as Watermelon Mint Lemonade, City Greens has a wide array of options for the health-conscious consumer. Some of their products are even gluten-free and vegan. 

Co-founder Abhi Bhansali even discusses how they take local sourcing to a whole new level with their hydroponic farm, which allows them to fully control their menu. Check out this episode of Fast Casual Nation, as host Paul Barron gets a deeper look into the genius of City Greens!