coconut flesh

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Consumers Aren’t Confused, You’re Just Upset That We Like It Better

I’ve been thinking about stuff like this all week. People complaining about how labeling vegan products as “milk” or “sausage” or “meat” etc. is somehow deceptive and confusing for consumers.

Meanwhile I’ve never seen someone buy peanut butter when they meant to buy dairy butter. I’ve never seen someone buy a can of coconut milk when they meant to buy dairy milk. I’ve never seen someone confuse the flesh of a young coconut for animal flesh. These are foods that have existed, and have kept the same name, for years and yet have not rustled anyone to the point of writing poorly-penned NPR articles about it or posting passive aggressive tweets about plants being “naughty”.

Using words typically associated with animal products to describe plant-based products IS NOT a new thing. People are only butthurt about it now because these popular non-animal based products are a challenge to the profit they build off of exploitation. Pay attention to who produces the most content about these products being “deceptive”, because almost 100% of the time they’re also the ones making the most money off of using animals.

Farmers, sponsored nutritionists and politicians make a lot of wild claims about how these foods “confuse” people. The article on “can you legally call it milk” even cites one sponsored nutritionist who claims people are confused because they think it means anything labeled “milk” has the exact same nutrients. 

But let’s make it clear: 

1. consumers can read the label on the side of the carton. 

2. There are more reasons people purchase plant milks than just nutritional values (like cooking and convenience). The majority of people who buy dairy milk don’t do it because they “know they need their calcium”, but because it’s just a part of their everyday lives. My mom doesn’t put milk in her tea because of health concerns - she does it because that’s how she likes her tea. We might justify our eating habits by listing its nutritional value, but the majority of consumers do not eat for optimal health - they eat around a lifestyle that they and their culture has cultivated. 

3. Ever hear someone mention drinking dairy for vitamin A or vitamin D? That’s fortified, just like it is in plant milks, making the “but it doesn’t have the same nutrients” point essentially ignorant. Dairy milk, unfortified, really doesn’t have the benefits so many marketing companies boast about. What they do boast about are the fortified nutrients, and so often just omit the fact that it’s added in during processing. 

4. Plant milks are not devoid of nutritional value - like I just said, many ARE fortified, just like dairy milk is, but beyond that the ingredients chosen also have their own nutritional value. Almonds, oats, peas, cashews, soy. These are foods with nutritional benefits. The myth that plant milks lack the same essential nutrients, like calcium, or any nutritional value at all, is really just that. A myth.

And can you really convince me that people are buying sausages out of health concerns? And that meat-free alternatives aren’t healthy, if not healthier?

We get it. You’re upset that our culture is changing and progressing. But throwing a tantrum about plant-based milks, meats, condiments, or anything else is not earning you support. Your arguments are transparent and consumers are not as confused as you’d like to believe.

anonymous asked:

Hi Emily, interested in your opinion on two "health food" trends I have been seeing! One is consuming blue green algae, and the other is using coconut butter both as a butter replacement and adding it to things like smoothies. Are these things really healthy? Thanks xx always trust your opinions bc I know they are based on research and your uni studies :) and I appreciate that!

By blue green algae do you mean spirulina? I don’t take it myself but I think it’s fantastic, it’s very mineral dense and is great for your health but not totally necessary if that makes sense? Like take it if you want but you will also survive without hahaha
I haven’t heard the coconut butter thing, but coconut butter is 4638364x better than coconut oil because it is the whole flesh ground up, so in that sense I can’t really see a problem with it because you could equate it to scooping coconut flesh out of a fresh coconut and adding it to smoothies too, which is perfectly healthy x

A Pokemon Breeder, by the name of Flourence Cartel, has recently published a discovery that certain diets can affect a Pokemons later evolutions, giving slightly differing colouration and aspects. The following discoveries were documented upon the Species Trapinch, which were all trained into their final evolution where the changes are most visible, shown above; Flygon.

Watermelon

This Flygon variant was often thought to be the ‘default’ common variety, but it’s form was instead due to the basic level Trapinch eating mainly watermelon. Trapinch are most commonly found in hot, desert like areas where watermelons are also known to grow . 

Passion Fruit

A freshly hatched but abandoned Trapinch was taken in by Cartel where she returned to her home, situated in a tropical archipelago. Here, she fed the Trapinch mainly Passion fruit grown from her fathers farm. Upon it subsequent evolutions she noticed the vibrant change in it’s appearance, but it’s behaviour and abilities were the same as a wild type.

Blueberry

Cartel was next given a Trapinch by a cousin who could no longer look after it. Now living in the cities and frequently travelling between due to her expertise, Cartel took a packet of Blueberries on the road with them to feed the Trapinch, as they were a small and convenient super food. Once again, upon evolving for a second time, the revealed Flygon displayed traits different to the Wild and Passion type.

Coconut

Intending to carry out the next experiment purposefully, she bred two wild types, and fed the hatched Trapinch mainly on Coconut flesh and milk. Training and caring for the Trapinch into it’s final form, the results of each Trapinchs dietary habits became clear. Each Flygon took on the colours of the fruit they consumed; their wings, head frills, and tail exhibited shape variations according to the main fruit they ate.

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MONKEY FLIP // Makes 1

  • ½ banana
  • 2 Tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 scoop chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • 1 cup milk

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until completely smooth, adding more milk or ice for desired consistency.

TROPICAL COOLER // Makes 1

  • handful of crushed ice
  • ½ cup frozen mango chunks
  • ½ cup coconut yogurt or plain yogurt (or coconut sorbet)
  • flesh of half a seeded and peeled papaya
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • squeeze of honey
  • squeeze of fresh lime juice

Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until completely smooth, adding more milk or ice for desired consistency.

I could be your postcard promise, the
piece of paper tucked under your pillow
with the words, “I’m waiting for you.”
written down in big bold letters
in front of a choppy ocean background.
I could be your care package, the memories
of home to get you through the war
when the going gets too tough
for just my letters to be enough.
I will send you vanilla cookies
and sweaters that smell like
the pale coconut flesh of my skin.
I could be your music, soft sounds
of comfort to take you to another place
when the one you are in feels like
four walls closing quickly in and
if you ever feel trapped I could be
the compassionate prison guard
turning the key to finally let you out,
no matter how illegal it is.

For all my rational Western intellect and education, I was for the moment overwhelmed by a primitive sense of living in a world ordered by a malign and perverted god, and it coloured my view of everything that afternoon—even the coconuts. The villagers sold us some and split them open for us. They are almost perfectly designed. You first make a hole and drink the milk, and then you split open the nut with a machete and slice off a segment of the shell, which forms a perfect implement for scooping out the coconut flesh inside. What makes you wonder about the nature of this god character is that he creates something that is so perfectly designed to be of benefit to human beings and then hangs it twenty feet above their heads on a tree with no branches.
—  Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See

Vegan “Cookie Dough” Banana Treats 🍌 🍌 🍌 The cookie dough has the consistency of a white chocolate almond butter, its heavenly! In a food processor, I blended: ½ cup cashews, soaked in water (overnight) 3 tbsp of coconut flesh butter ¼ cup of raw coconut flour (or raw almond flour) 2 tbsp of coconut palm (or sometimes I use maple syrup) Toppings: vegan carob chips, coconut flakes. So simple & tastyyyy! ✘ #RADPlantlife

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