Kenyan Woman Turns Plastic Into Bricks ‘7X Stronger Than Concrete’

Kenyan Woman Turns Plastic Into Bricks ‘7X Stronger Than Concrete’

A 29-year-old woman in Nairobi, Kenya found a way to turn single-use plastic waste into bricks. The bricks are 7X stronger than concrete and can be used to pave roads, driveways, and more.

Pavement from the plastic bricks – Gjenge Makers Ltd

The inventor, Nzambi Matee, started a company from her idea called Gjenge Makers. Her company accepts single-use plastic waste that would normally end up in landfills and creates usable, practical, strong bricks.

The bricks are primarily sold to individuals, schools, and companies to pave roads and driveways.

Matee’s company turn discarded plastic bottle tops, cooking oil container, and other single-use plastic products into the bricks.

Each day they can produce around 1,500 bricks, that are not only high-quality but also affordable.

They use special machines that compress the plastic into brick and can create three different types: Heavy Duty, Moderate, and Light.

Ground plastic that gets mixed with sand and pressed into bricks. Gjenge Makers Ltd

“Plastic is a material that is misused and misunderstood. The potential is enormous, but its afterlife can be disastrous,” Matee said.

Kenya’s Fight Against Plastic Pollution

As a country, Kenya has been a leader in fighting to reduce single-use plastic.

Back in 2017, they banned all plastic bags. But unlike in California, that ban was firm. Travelers to Kenya would have any plastic bags confiscated at the airport. All plastic carrier bags were banned from being manufactured, sold, or distributed in the country.

More recently in 2020, Kenya prohibited using single-use plastic in protected areas, like national parks and beaches.

Though the initiatives are excellent, the country (and rest of the world) face an urgent situation regarding plastic waste and need the deeper innovation as seen with Gjenge Makers.

As Matee noted, Nairobi alone produces around 500 metric tonnes of plastic waste every single day. That’s about 15,000 tonnes per month in that one city alone.

The Future of Plastic

A 2018 United Nations report estimated that 13 million tonnes of plastic waste are released into the oceans each year. What we’re currently doing isn’t working fast enough to make a great enough impact – but Matee’s bricks may play a massive role in slowing our rate of plastic pollution.

Every brick they create provides an affordable and valuable resource to those in need of roads and walkways while reducing a bit of the world’s waste. It’s possible that the plastic bricks could be used to make shelters and provide in other ways beyond roads.

Watch the video below:

What do you think of Matee’s genius invention? Let us know!

Are Oreos Vegan? Guide To Vegan Oreo Flavors 2021

Are Oreos Vegan? Guide To Vegan Oreo Flavors 2021

Many people are unsure if Oreos are vegan. It’s actually pretty controversial within the vegan community and there’s a good reason for that.

For starters, most Oreos don’t contain animal products. However, they are manufactured in a space that uses animal products, so they’re not suitable for those with milk allergies because there’s a risk of cross-contamination.

It’s not black and white.

Though many Oreo products contain vegan ingredient lists, when we asked Oreo in an email if they had any vegan products, they replied that they couldn’t guarantee any of their products are vegan and their products are not suitable for vegans. We suspect this is due to no Oreo products being labeled or certified as vegan.

Beyond that, some Oreo flavors may be vegan in one country and not in another country – even if the ingredient list is the same.

White Sugar:

Oreos contain plain white sugar, which may be processed with bone char. Bone char helps the sugar achieve a bright white color – but it’s not listed as an ingredient on sugar that uses it. Since sugar is only processed with bone char and doesn’t contain bone char, it’s hard to know if one sugar company is vegan or not. With Oreos specifically, we don’t even know what sugar brand or company they work with. In some countries, the sugar may use bone char, but it might not in other countries – it really depends on the specific sugar in that region of the world.

White sugar is not something all vegans avoid, but if you prefer to avoid it then it’s best to avoid Oreos.

Confectioner’s Glaze

Confectioner’s glaze is a nice way of saying lac bug resin. It’s made directly from shellac, a resin secretion produced by lac bugs, primarily in Thailand and India. We contacted a shellac harvester from India and they shared that it takes about 300,000 lac bugs to produce 1 kilogram of shellac. Lac bugs naturally have short lifespans and aren’t intentionally killed during the harvest of the resin, but many female bugs and eggs do die. Peta quotes that ~100,000 lac bugs die to produce 1 pound of resin, which is misleading since that number includes those lac bugs dying of natural causes, like old age. Even so, much like honey, it’s nearly impossible to harvest shellac without some death to the bugs – especially in large-scale operations.

Confectioner’s glaze is currently found in the Birthday Cake flavored Oreos.

Palm Oil

Though vegan by nature, those who are vegan for animal welfare often avoid palm oil which is found in nearly all Oreos products.

Vegan and Non-Vegan Oreo Flavors

We’ve listed all of the current vegan Oreos and non-vegan Oreos below, along with their ingredients. Note: We gathered this information directly from Oreo’s website.

Shortly put, all non-dipped Oreos are vegan except for the Birthday Cake Flavor Oreos that contain shellac (confectioner’s glaze). Vegan Oreos include the limited-edition Lady Gaga Oreos and Brookie-O Oreos.

Any Oreos that contain a dip or glaze are not vegan, including the new OreoiD “make your own.”

Vegan Oreos

Original Oreo

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE \, RIBOFLAVIN \, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR. })

Double Stuf

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Mega Stuf

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, DEXTROSE, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Golden

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, CANOLA AND/OR PALM OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Golden Double Stuf

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Oreo Golden Lemon

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ANNATTO EXTRACT (VEGETABLE COLOR).

Chocolate Creme

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Dark Chocolate

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE VITAMIN B1, RIBOFLAVIN VITAMIN B2, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Double Stuf Gluten Free

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, PALM OIL, WHITE RICE FLOUR, TAPIOCA STARCH, CANOLA OIL, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), INVERT SUGAR, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, SALT, XANTHAN GUM, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Gluten Free Original

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, WHITE RICE FLOUR, TAPIOCA STARCH, PALM OIL, CANOLA OIL, WHOLE OAT FLOUR, CORNSTARCH, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), INVERT SUGAR, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, SALT, XANTHAN GUM, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Mint

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE VITAMIN B1, RIBOFLAVIN VITAMIN B2, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, PEPPERMINT OIL, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (YELLOW 5 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE), CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Caramel Coconut

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, DRIED COCONUT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, DEXTROSE, YELLOW 5 LAKE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, RED 40 LAKE, CHOCOLATE, BLUE 1 LAKE, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Chocolate Marshmallow

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), MARSHMALLOW PIECES (INVERT SUGAR, SUGAR, WATER, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, SODIUM ALGINATE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE {FOR COLOR}, CALCIUM CHLORIDE), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Carrot Cake

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, WHOLERAIN WHEAT FLOUR (GRAHAM FLOUR), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, SPICE, CORN CEREAL, SALT, NATURAL FLAVOR, BAKING SODA, CARAMEL COLOR, SOY LECITHIN, PAPRIKA EXTRACT (FOR COLOR), ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, ADIPIC ACID, YEAST EXTRACT.

Chocolate Peanut Butter

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PEANUT BUTTER (PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED RAPESEED AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR SOYBEAN OILS, SALT), CANOLA AND/OR PALM OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT,LUCOSE, SOY LECITHIN, INVERT SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Java Chip

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, CARAMELIZED SUGAR, YELLOW 5 LAKE, CORN SYRUP, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Chocolate Hazelnut

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, PEANUT BUTTER (DRY ROASTED PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED RAPESEED AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, SALT), WHOLEGRAIN WHEAT FLOUR (GRAHAM FLOUR), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MALTODEXTRIN, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CARAMEL COLOR,LUCOSE SYRUP, SOY LECITHIN, INVERT SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, PEANUT BUTTER (DRY ROASTED PEANUTS, HYDROGENATED RAPESEED AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL, SALT), WHOLERAIN WHEAT FLOUR (GRAHAM FLOUR), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, MALTODEXTRIN, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CARAMEL COLOR,LUCOSE SYRUP, SOY LECITHIN, INVERT SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Vegan Oreo Thins

Original Thins

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Dark Chocolate Thins

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON,THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Mint Thins

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, PEPPERMINT OIL, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (YELLOW 5 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE), CHOCOLATE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

Latte Thins

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, BAKING SODA, YELLOW 5 LAKE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE, NATURAL FLAVOR

Golden Thins

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Golden Lemon Thins

INGREDIENTS:

UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, BAKING SODA, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, ANNATTO EXTRACT (FOR COLOR).

Limited Edition / Seasonal Vegan Oreos

Lady Gaga

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, SALT, BAKING SODA, YELLOW 5 LAKE, SOY LECITHIN, BLUE 1 LAKE, RED 40 LAKE, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR.

Brookie-O

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), PALM AND/OR CANOLA OIL, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, BAKING SODA, SALT, SOY LECITHIN, COCOA, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR, CHOCOLATE, CARAMELIZED SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, YELLOW 5 LAKE, RED 40 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE.

Non-Vegan Oreo Products

Birthday Cake

INGREDIENTS:

SUGAR, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE, MONONITRATE, [VITAMIN B1], RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMMIN B2], FOLIC ACID), HIGH OLEIC CANOLA AND/OR PALM AND/OR CANOLA, COCOA (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), CORNSTARCH, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, SOY LECITHIN, NATURAL AND ARTIFICAL FLAVOR, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (RED 40 LAKE, YELLOW 6 LAKE, BLUE 1 LAKE, YELLOW LAKE 5), PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, CORN DEXTRIN, CONFECTIONER’S GLAZE, CHOCOLATE CARNAUBA WAX.

OREO Thins Bites Fudge Dipped Sandwich Cookies, Latte Flavored Creme

OREO Thins Bites White Fudge Dipped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

OREO Thins Bites Fudge Dipped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Mint Flavored Creme

OREO Thins Bites Fudge Dipped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

OREO Dark Chocolate Fudge Covered Sandwich Cookies, Dark Chocolate Flavored Creme

OREO Fudge Covered Mint Creme Sandwich Cookies

OREO Fudge Covered Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

OREOiD “make your own” – both white and chocolate coatings contain milk.

New Study Finds Dairy Milk Linked To Breast Cancer

New Study Finds Dairy Milk Linked To Breast Cancer

A recent study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology found a link between dairy milk consumption and an increased risk of breast cancer.

The study, published in 2020, followed over 52,000 women over the course of 8 years. At the beginning of the study, each participant was cancer-free. The women were asked to track and report their food logs for nearly 8 years. The study examined the relationship between soy milk consumption, dairy milk consumption, and breast cancer, and found a link between dairy milk consumption and an increased risk of breast cancer. No link between soy milk consumption and breast cancer was found.

dairy milk linked to breast cancer
Milk – Unsplash

Up until this study, no studies existed with “large numbers of dairy consumers and soy consumers to assess mutual confounding.” At the end of the study, 1,057 of the women had developed breast cancer, with a notable association between dairy consumption and risk of breast cancer.

The study further noticed that “full fat and reduced fat milks produced similar results,” while “no clear associations were found between soy products and breast cancer.”

Soy Milk And Estrogen

Many people avoid soy due to the belief that it contains dangerous levels of estrogen. Some even opt for dairy milk instead, fearful that soy may contribute to breast cancer or other issues. While it’s true that soy does contain isoflavones (a weak plant version of estrogen known as phytoestrogens), the effects of phytoestrogens on the human body are negligible.

According to Harvard, “soy has either a beneficial or neutral effect on various health conditions.” In relation to breast cancer, soy has been shown to have a positive or neutral effect.

dairy milk linked to breast cancer
Soy milk – Pixabay

Many people avoid soy for fear of the estrogen when soy milk could actually decrease the risk of breast cancer (at best) or make no impact (at worst). On the other hand, dairy milk may make no impact (at best) or increase the chances of breast cancer (at worst).

As the study concluded: “Higher intakes of dairy milk were associated with greater risk of breast cancer, when adjusted for soy intake. Current guidelines for dairy milk consumption could be viewed with some caution.”

Public Perception Is Shifting

As more evidence points to the health risks associated with dairy milk consumption, it seems the public’s view of dairy is also shifting. According to the USDA, dairy milk sales are steadily decreasing and non-dairy options are increasing.

While the majority of North Americans still consume dairy milk, more and more people are turning to plant-based alternatives. Many view options like almond milk and oat milk as healthier alternatives. But soy is still seen as a lesser option.

Milk Aisle – Wikimedia Commons

In reality, soy milk is one of the best dairy alternatives on the market. Almond and oat milk are often low in protein and high in sugar, while soymilk is lower in sugar and has a notable amount of protein. This is especially important when replacing or substituting dairy milk for a non-dairy option.

The general public has a long way to go to ditch dairy milk completely, but studies like this and the reports on consumption decreasing are promising.

New Vegan Cereal Turns Milk Into Cold Brew Coffee

New Vegan Cereal Turns Milk Into Cold Brew Coffee

A new vegan cereal was just released and it turns your milk into coffee.

If you’re ever in a hurry and don’t have time to eat your cereal AND drink your coffee than this is the perfect breakfast for you.

The cereal called Dash, created by OffLimits, features Intelligentsia coffee and cacao that work to transform the milk in your cereal bowl into drinkable cold brew coffee while you eat. I’m not sure what could get much better than that.

The cereal’s mascot is based on the energizer bunny, which is fitting given it’s caffeinated nature.

Better yet, Dash uses ingredients that are organic, vegan, and gluten-free – all lightly sweetened with organic cane sugar.

Dash reminds me of childhood, with bright packaging and a fun cartoon mascot. It even comes with stickers and little toy, just like they used to when we were kids!

Unlike the cereal from my childhood though, Dash packs a real punch. Though it looks like Cocoa Puffs in apparence, it doesn’t actually taste that sweet. It’s made with more wholesome ingreidents and has the coffee element. If you’re not a fan of the taste of coffee, then this cereal really isn’t for you. However, if you love drinking your coffee between bites of breakfast, you’ll probably love this.

You can buy a box for yourself directly from the OffLimits website. A box of 2 costs $24.

Dash is great news for the vegan community. While most cereals are mostly vegan, a lot of them contain animal-derived vitamins, like vitamin D3 (which is usually made from the fat found in sheep’s wool). Since Dash is labeled as vegan, we can be assured that it won’t include any hidden animal products disguised as vitamins.

Beyond that, it’s also being marketed to a more mainstream audience. I mean, a cereal that turns milk to cold brew? Who wouldn’t want that? The cereal has been featured by several non-vegan outlets, including Popsguar, Sprudge, 12Tomatoes, and Vogue.

What do you think of this cereal? Would you try it? Let us know!