Impossible Burger hits grocery stores on Friday

Can Impossible Foods beat other brands — like Beyond Meat and Tyson — in the war to dominate the alternative meat industry?

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  • The Impossible Burger will be available in 27 Gelson's Markets stores in Southern California starting Sept. 20.
  • Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods sell plant-based burgers in restaurants, but only Beyond Meat sells products in grocery stores.
  • Tyson could begin to edge out these smaller companies with its unique meat product that contains plant and animal components, appealing to health-conscious "flexitarians."
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Vegetarian (and vegan) diet linked to higher stroke risk

Scientists still don't fully understand how abstaining from animal products affects the body.

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  • A new study tracked the health of more than 48,000 people over 18 years.
  • The participants were divided into three groups – meat eaters, vegetarians (including vegans) and fish eaters.
  • The results showed that, compared to meat eaters, vegetarians had a 20% increased chance of stroke, but also a 22% decreased chance of heart disease.
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KFC and Beyond Meat to test meatless 'chicken' nuggets

Can the duo make plant-based chicken taste "finger lickin' good"?

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  • KFC will give out free samples of its new meatless "chicken" nuggets and boneless wings at one Atlanta restaurant on Tuesday.
  • KFC has already tested a meatless "chicken" sandwich in the U.K., where it sold out of the product in four days.
  • The alternative meats industry is booming. One recent report predicts that by 2040 about 60 percent of the "meat" people consume will come from plants.
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Flavonoids could curb cancer risk — even for smokers and drinkers

Scientists continue to learn more about this class of plant chemicals that's known to have extraordinary health benefits.

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  • A recent study tracked the diet and health records of more than 53,000 Danes over 23 years.
  • The results suggested that people who regularly consumed flavonoids were less likely to die of cancer or heart disease.
  • Still, scientists have much to learn about flavonoids, and the new study didn't establish causality.
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Smart drugs: All-natural brain enhancers made by mother nature

Can nicotine keep Alzheimer's at bay? Dave Asprey explains how natural drugs can create super humans.

  • Nootropics are colloquially known as 'smart drugs' – substances that increase cognitive function in healthy people. The word nootropic is a combination of two Greek words, noos meaning 'mind' and tropein meaning 'towards'.
  • Dave Asprey discusses two naturally occurring smart drugs: Caffeine and nicotine. The latter might be a surprise, but while smoking, chewing tobacco and vaping have negative health consequences, there's evidence to suggest microdosing one milligram of nicotine, about 5% to 10% of a cigarette's worth, may protect against Alzheimer's.
  • Beyond naturally occurring smart drugs, Asprey discusses aniracetam, a pharmaceutical cognitive enhancer pioneered in Russia that may improve memory input and recall.
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