Tell the FDA to stop singling out Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo

Tell the FDA to stop singling out Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo

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Sometimes having a little sister who is a lawyer is prettttty sweet. Amanda and I are both big fans of Just Mayo, and when she sent me the story about the FDA coming down on Hampton Creek over the definition of mayo, we both felt like it was total BS.

Instead of just complaining, though, we decided to do something about it. Amanda and fellow lawyer Heidi Mehaffey looked at case law and put together a kickass Just Mayo petition on Change.org. They even bounced this thing off of the folks at Hampton Creek and have their blessing.

You can read the text of the petition in full below, or just head over the Change.org and sign if you think it’s crazy that the definition of mayo has to include egg.

Below is the full petition text, written by my sister and Heidi. They use lots of legal talk, because they’re lawyers, but the gist is that FDA is holding Hampton Creek to standards that they’re not using uniformly.


 

On August 5, 2015, Hampton Creek was named a Technological Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in Geneva Switzerland. This honor has previously been bestowed upon other game changers like Google, Wikimedia, Kickstarter, and Dropbox. Hampton Creek has made a dynamic impact in the food market, and in 2015 alone it saved 1.5 billion gallons of water, avoided 11.8 billion milligrams of sodium, and avoided 2.8 billion milligrams of cholesterol.

Hampton Creek’s driving purpose is to provide food products to the general public that are “better for your taste buds, better for the planet, and better for your wallet.” The company has a variety of products that are not only free of common allergens, such as eggs, dairy, and tree nuts, but are healthier alternatives directed at reducing food-related health issues such as diabetes and obesity.

Hampton Creek is trying to make a difference in the way our nation’s food market, however instead of receiving the support of our government, it has found itself under attack on account of it’s product “Just Mayo.”

On October 31, 2014, Unilever, the maker of Hellman’s Mayonnaise, filed suit in United States District Court in New Jersey against Hampton Creek, Inc. The complaint alleges that Hampton Creek was in violation of federal and state law for false advertising and unfair competition for using the term “Mayo.”

Title 21 C.F.R. Section 169 lays out the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of Mayonnaise. Yes, there is a federal law defining what can go into your mayo. This rule establishes:

(a) Description. Mayonnaise is the emulsified semisolid food prepared from vegetable oil(s), one or both of the acidifying ingredients specified in paragraph (b) of this section, and one or more of the egg yolk-containing ingredients specified in paragraph (c) of this section. One or more of the ingredients specified in paragraph (d) of this section may also be used. The vegetable oil(s) used may contain an optional crystallization inhibitor as specified in paragraph (d)(7) of this section. All the ingredients from which the food is fabricated shall be safe and suitable. Mayonnaise contains not less than 65 percent by weight of vegetable oil. Mayonnaise may be mixed and packed in an atmosphere in which air is replaced in whole or in part by carbon dioxide or nitrogen.

Title 21 C.F.R. 169.140.

The claim by Unilever alleged, in part, that because Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo does not contain egg, they are in violation of this law and the F.D.A. must put a stop to the sale of the product under the name “mayo”. Unilever received negative feedback in the press after filing of the suit, and has since seemingly dropped the lawsuit. However, this action triggered an enforcement action by the Food and Drug Administration. The F.D.A. and Hampton Creek’s CEO are currently in talks regarding this action, but the potential outcome could threaten one of the most vital parts of the Just Mayo brand: it’s name.

The F.D.A., unsurprisingly, has not pursued Unilever for any of its mayo products that are not within the guidelines of the mayo definition. Specifically, canola oil and olive oil are not “vegetable oils” but this seems to evade F.D.A. review. The focus of the F.D.A.’s inquiry should be whether the existence of an alternative to eggs makes this product not “safe and suitable” as required by the rule, rather than any pushback from the egg lobby, and their concerns about decreasing demand. Allergen alternatives have had a long history of not only opening up food products to a new genre of consumers, but also offering healthier options that give consumers more choice. This choice in favor of the consumer should in no way be considered “false advertising,” as the ingredients are clearly displayed on each product, nor does it create “unfair competition” by increasing the variety of products available.

Join us today as we tell the F.D.A. to stop their pursuit of a company that is revolutionizing the food industry, and stop pandering to companies who only cater to the status quo. The answer should not be stripping a phenomenal product of its identity, but rather changing the definition of “mayonnaise” to include “vegetable based egg-substitutes.” Together, let’s be the voice that makes a difference.

Submitted by Amanda Levine and Heidi Mehaffey, South Florida

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“Plant-Fueled Trucker” Got Healthy and Lost 70 Lbs on the Road

Just a year and a half ago, I was over 300 pounds and was on antidepressants and blood pressure meds. I’m a long-haul trucker, and I was having a hard time staying awake to do my job. Walking around hurt,… Read more
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New meal plans, new store, new newsletter, new radio show!

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September is always a month of change for me. As a child, I adored going back to school (nerd alert). I grew up in the Midwest where we experienced four seasons a year and fall was my favorite. And my birthday is in September. To me, it’s always been the month I make real resolutions of movement and growth (versus January).

On this September eve, I thought I would share some fun changes!

  1. Dave and I have been working hard all summer on a big project – a 175-page project!

The 3-month FALL/WINTER Real World Vegan Meal Plan

That’s right. We have opted to make our real world vegan meal planning a comprehensive tool that you can purchase at one time – 3 months of meal plans (that’s 12 weeks!) with 88 recipes (includes pressure cooking instructions!), 158 meal ideas and lots of tips to help make vegan eating easy for you! The meal plan goes on sale tomorrow – September 1 – and if you subscribe to my newsletter TODAY, you will receive a coupon code via email tomorrow for a total savings of 25% if you purchase in September; subscribe here.

2. I needed a place to sell our new, robust meal plan, as well as signed copies of my books and my coaching services. So I opened a store! I’m feeling like a very grown up website owner. (And I should feel grown up. did I mention I’m turning 50 Thursday?!)

3. Back to that coupon code and my newsletter…

I decided to make life less complicated. I’ve been managing two newsletters for a while now and that’s just silly! My monthly JL goes Vegan newsletter and my weekly Real World Vegan Meals newsletter are now combined into one (which explains why some of you got a free 3-day meal plan in you inbox this weekend! 😀). I’ll be sharing recipes, news, tips for making vegan easy, and upcoming events in one newsletter (oh, and did I mention that if you subscribe TODAY you’ll get a total savings of 25% off The 3-month FALL/WINTER Real World Vegan Meal Plan?).

4. The radio show will go on!

During the month of August, I debuted a radio show, Easy Vegan, on KCMJ here in Colorado Springs.

Easy Vegan with JL Fields on KCMJ

Though produced and hosted locally, my guests and audience are local, regional, national and international, as the show is streamed online at KCMJ.org and on the free TuneIn app. The show has been incredibly well-received (there’s even talk of syndication – pinch me!) so, it’s official! My show is on the regular KCMJ schedule: live Mondays at 12pm MST, replayed Saturdays at 9am MST, and you can listen to, or download, show archives on SoundCloud anytime. (Be sure to listen in today at 12pm MST: author Kathy Hester joins me to talk about The Easy Vegan Cookbook; you can enter to win a copy of her latest cookbook here.)

Not a bad way to start a “new year” at the age of 50, huh?

I’m forever grateful that nearly six years ago I went vegan and changed my relationship with animals, the environment, and other human beings. I’m doubly grateful for finding a way to get creative with my volunteer time and professional life and carve a way to help others consider or go vegan. I’m triply grateful for all of you reading – many of you have been with me from the very beginning of this website and have watched it grow and evolve over the years, just as my veganism has. Thank you.

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Family Favorite Desserts: Apricot Tartlets

You may remember last year’s Breakfast in Bedfest series on Canned Time that featured 12 yummy plant-based recipes – one each month – from vegans around the blogosphere. Angela is at

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Vegan News You Can Use (8/30/15)

If you haven’t joined the Real World Vegan Meals email list, you may want to do it now! On September 1 our new meal plan system — one document, 175 pages, 12-weeks of meals, 88 recipes (including pressure cooking instructions), + 158 meals ideas — goes on sale and subscribers will receive 25% off! Join the list here.

Vegan news you can use (8/30/15)

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Win a copy of Kathy Hester’s The Easy Vegan Cookbook!

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Gene Baur on Easy Vegan

My radio show, Easy Vegan on KCMJ, is live Monday at noon MST (11 am PST / 2 pm EST). My guest is Kathy Hester! Listen on KCMJ.org or on the FREE TuneIn app. You can listen to archived shows here:

Real World Vegan Meal Plans

Subscribe to the Real World Vegan Meals weekly newsletter and receive a FREE 3-day meal plan!

 

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Win a copy of Kathy Hester’s The Easy Vegan Cookbook!

When I started my radio show Easy Vegan I had no idea my friend was coming out with a cookbook by the same name!

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Kathy Hester’s latest culinary creation is The Easy Vegan Cookbook and I’m thrilled to have it in my growing cookbook collection. My long-time readers know that I’m all about quick and simple meals and Kathy delivers creative recipes that are fast to the table in this new book.

Today I’m delighted to share the Asian Corn Cabbage Soup recipe from The Easy Vegan Cookbook, offer a chance to win a copy of the book (below), and announce that Kathy will be my Easy Vegan guest Monday at 2 pm EST – LIVE – on KCMJ.org!

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Now, how about that recipe and a giveaway? Continue reading Win a copy of Kathy Hester’s The Easy Vegan Cookbook!

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

This vegan pumpkin smoothie tastes like fall but is totally sippable all year round!

This vegan pumpkin spice smoothie tastes like fall but is totally sippable all year round!

What is it about late summer that has us craving fall foods? I’m certainly not ready for cold weather just yet, but I am fully ready for sweet potato, pumpkin, and lots of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Celebrate all of those wonderful fall flavors with a healthy, creamy pumpkin spice smoothie!

More summery fall-flavored treats: Sweet Potato Pie Pops, Spiced Apple Shrub

I got the idea for making a pumpkin spice smoothie when I was working on the recipe for those sweet potato pie pops a couple of weeks ago. I kept eating the mix with a spoon, and it was so, so good. This smoothie recipe is a total riff on those addictive pops.

I made my pumpkin spice smoothie with canned pumpkin puree, but you can definitely use your own, if you prefer. The super awesome Crunchy Scott has a great video showing you how he makes pumpkin puree from scratch. You can watch the video below or get the written directions over at Crafting a Green World.

Whether you buy a tin or make your own, you’ll definitely have some pumpkin left over after you make your pumpkin spice smoothie. You can stick the leftovers in the fridge or freeze them in ice cube trays for future pumpkin adventures. A standard ice cube tray compartment holds 2 tablespoons, so freezing it this way makes it easy to measure out for future recipes like a spiked pumpkin chai, perhaps?

This vegan pumpkin spice smoothie tastes like fall but is totally sippable all year round!

Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Yield: 1 pumpkin smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or homemade is fine)
  • 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or 1 teaspoon fresh, minced ginger)
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or vanilla glycerite)
  • 1/2 cup ice

Method

  1. Combine all of your ingredients in the blender, and puree until smooth.

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NMA Radio: Our 100th Episode: A Look Back and Forward

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Can you believe it? A hundred episodes! We’ve come a long way with No Meat Athlete Radio over the past few years, and with two new episodes every week for the past few months, it’s safe to say we’ve finally hit our stride.

To celebrate, in this episode co-host Doug and I take a behind-the-scenes look at the show. We talk about where we’ve struggled and what we’ve done well, the lessons we’ve learned from hosting a podcast for this long, and the new ideas and changes (and even the possibility of a live event!) that we’ve got planned for the next year.

And of course, it wouldn’t be a celebration without asking for a gift, right? If you’d like to help us out and shape the next year of NMA Radio content, we’d really appreciate it if you’d share your thoughts in this quick listener survey.

To the next 100!

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • Why we almost quit the podcast last year
  • Life on the other side of “the dip”
  • The top 5 episodes in NMA Radio history
  • What’s coming in the next year (including a live event?)

Click the button below to listen now:

Or:

If you’re a fan of NMA Radio (and you like all these new episodes we’re making!), we’d greatly appreciate it if you’d leave us a rating and review on iTunes. Thank you!

Phone number to ask listener questions:

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Why I Pushed ‘Too Far’ (and Will Never Regret It)

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This post is written by Doug Hay of Rock Creek Runner.

Have you ever had one of those conversations that just sticks with you? Where someone makes a comment you can’t let go?

It happened to me last summer, the day after I ran a 50-mile ultramarathon. I was sitting in my 93-year-old grandmother’s house telling her about the race, and I’ll never forget her reaction.

It wasn’t one of joy or amazement.

It was sadness.

Not sadness about the race itself — I’m sure she was proud of my accomplishment — but sadness about what I was doing.

She looked right at me and said, “I’m just so worried you’re taking it too far and will regret this one day.”

That’s not something you want to hear from your grandmother after a big race. Especially when it was only a training race for the main event: a 100-miler just a month later.

But that’s the way most people look at ultrarunning, or endurance running in general. They respond to your long run miles with:

“Aren’t you taking this a little too far?”

“You know that’s bad for you, right?”

“What’s wrong with you, man?”

Beware the Status Quo

As a society, we overwhelmingly stick to the status quo. It’s more comfortable when your actions don’t stand out as abnormal. No one questions your decisions, no one labels you an outcast.

It’s why we follow fashion trends, and why we all know at least a few Tay Swift songs.

This symmetry is all well and good until it starts to hold you back …

Without breaking free of societal norms, The Beatles would have never released their first album, or started growing their hair long. Albert Einstein would have never developed the theory of general relativity. And Matt Frazier would have never started this blog.

Yes, I just lumped Matt in with The Beatles and Einstein. You’re welcome, buddy.

When we’re too scared to do something that sets us apart, we resist growth and progress, and instead fall for the great moderation hoax … that everything is better in moderation.

If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you already know this.

By simply eliminating meat or animal products from your diet, you’ve broken the norm, and have to live with both the benefits and consequences.

So congratulations, you’re an outcast! And a better person because of it.

But are Social Norms Really Meant to Be Broken?

On the flip side, norms are set in place for a reason. Most often because they work. They keep us healthy, safe, and functioning as a society.

So should we always be pushing the boundaries? Probably not. Instead, there are good times and bad times to push.

Placing your entire retirement savings on a single risky bet? That’s bad.

Standing up for something you know to be right? That’s good.

See the difference?

When to Take It ‘Too Far’

Unfortunately things aren’t always as black or white as the two examples above, and you have to ask yourself if that goal or change is really worth it. Oftentimes the answer is yes.

When you need to prove something — either to others or yourself — it’s worth it.

There are times when you need to push boundaries in order to prove that something can be done. Take these, for example:

All examples of doing something big in the face of doubters, and learning, growing, and inspiring others in return.

When you need a reset, it’s worth it.

Sometimes the only way to get back on track is by first going to the extreme. You see people doing this all the time through things like juice cleanses, extended breaks from TV, or an alcohol detox.

They’re giving the body or mind a break in an attempt to push the ol’ reset button.

When finding your new normal, it’s worth it.

Around the same time I was chatting with my grandmother, Matt was traveling home from the Woodstock Fruit Festival. When I saw him a week later, he was still eating almost entirely raw fruits and vegetables, and felt completely reinvigorated about his diet.

I’m not going to lie, for me the Fruitarian diet is a bit out there, and even Matt isn’t convinced it’s good for the long term.

But it was just what he needed at the time. Even though he has moved on from only eating raw fruit today, that experience has shaped the sustainable habits that now make up his normal.

Sometimes it requires exploring new boundaries in order to know what works best for you.

And when there’s no other option, it’s worth it.

In some situations, breaking the norm and taking things to the perceived extreme will feel like your only option. For many vegans, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

We’ve seen history made, and can credit many advances in our society to someone putting their foot down and declaring that enough is enough. That the alternative — the norm — would no longer work for them.

Is it Time for You to Take Something to the Extreme?

You could sit around your whole life waiting for a guarantee. You could hold yourself back and never follow your dreams, just because of how it might look to others, or fear of what could happen.

But I say it’s time to go out on a limb, take a risk, and do something so wild, it makes a statement and shatters the social norm.

Quit prancing around whatever goal you have and do something big. You could:

  • Get serious about running and commit to a marathon, triathlon, or ultramarathon
  • Ignore the critics and proudly make your art
  • Finally take those steps to go vegan
  • Quit the job you hate and follow your passion
  • Sell off everything but 100 necessary items
  • Move to the city of your dreams, even if it’s halfway around the world
  • Write that book you’ve had in your head for years

… or scratch whatever epic itch you just can’t seem to ignore. And remember, just because you try it out, nobody’s saying you have to do it forever.

What My Grandmother Will Never Understand

That conversation with my grandmother has stuck with me because I know that in some ways she is right. The distance may take its toll, and one day I may regret pushing my body so hard.

But what I know that she may never understand, is that without 100-mile goals or epic trail runs, I wouldn’t be motivated to run at all, and I wouldn’t have the fulfilling life I’m privileged to live.

I know that because I took a chance and signed up for that ultramarathon. Because I did something extreme, something at which I might have failed.

What might feel like “too far” to her, is just what I need.

Are you ready to take a chance and defy the norm?

About the Author: When it comes to running, Doug Hay is all about defying the norm. Join in on the madness through his free eBook, Why Every Runner Should Be a Trail Runner, or follow him on his blog, Rock Creek Runner.

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Vegan Pressure Cooking gets sexy

Hello from New Mexico!

We are on a mini-vacation, part of an early birthday celebration (I turn 50 next week!).

We found a brew pub in Taos that serves vegan green chili and Beyond Meat Beast Burgers!

So far, so good!

I will be back this weekend but in the meantime wanted to share a link to a really fun interview I did with Brian Patton for his Sexy Vegan Radidio Show!

Listen here: http://bit.ly/1hHiXFj

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