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Avocados Contribute to Treatment for Leukemia

A vegan staple might be the key to combating cancer.

Avocados have long been touted as a superfood, but they might just be the key to treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Avocatin B, a lipid obtained from the fat of an avocado, has been shown to kill AML stem cells, according to a study published this monith in Cancer Research. The lipid is able to target harmful cells without affecting surrounding normal blood cells, allowing the healthy cells to thrive. “Not only does avocatin B eliminate the source of AML, but its targeted, selective effects make it less toxic to the body, too,” University of Waterloo Professor Paul Spagnuolo says about the study. AML is a type of cancer that starts in bone marrow and can progress very quickly if left untreated. In 2014, there were more than 18,800 new cases of AML, most of which were in adults.

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Vegan Just Egg Expands to Washington DC

Food technology startup JUST expands its vegan mung bean-based scrambled egg replacer to Equinox, the second restaurant to offer the innovative product in the United States.
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Cultured Koji Dog Food Has More Protein Than Steak

An independent study found that new clean-meat startup Wild Earth's fungus-based companion animal foods contain 45 percent protein by weight—compared to only 24 percent found in steak.
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Vegan Narwhal Ice Cream Debuts for Summer

Ottawa ice cream shop Little Jo Berry's honors the "unicorn of the sea" with a blue-hued, horned, and totally vegan frozen treat.
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New Vegan Grocery Store Opens in North Carolina

In addition to a variety of grocery items, Wilmington's new store UpBeet Market features a vegan jerky tower, beer-filling station, and a variety of dairy-free cheeses.
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800 Sets of Vegan Frosting Sell in 10 Minutes on QVC

Home-shoppers snatch up Dollop Gourmet's vegan frostings made by Cupcake Wars winner and author Heather Saffer.
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This Week on VegNews TV: The secret to these delightful sweet treats is white beans! Aylin Erman shows you how to make these simple blondies.

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