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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vegan Plant-based Butter from ‘Fabindia’


 Well, little Shine knows what she is talking about and to know what Mummy told little Shine, you can click this link to find out.


In India, despite published investigation reports confirming the contaminants in animal milk (check The Times of India) and published studies confirming that animal milk predisposes the human system to a plethora of health conditions and diseases such as of the heart, osteoporosis, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and so on (Check Save Our Bones Program, VegSource, SHARAN), in a last ditch attempt to hold onto our conditioned habit of consuming animal milk, we often reason, “But, Lord Krishna loved milk and butter!”.

What most of us do not want to concede is that Lord Krishna was a very evolved soul who had a personal connection with every cow whose milk He drank and with every calf whose mother’s milk He shared. Besides, in those days, the mother cows were not made artificially pregnant by thrusting human hands into their private parts or injected with hormones to increase milk production – a practice that cause them severe stomach cramps or sold off when milk production declined – to be slaughtered for the leather and beef “industry”. The male calves were not starved to death so that their “soft” skins can be made into “high-quality” leather goods. The cows instead lived their lives just as Nature intended, in harmony with all of Creation.

Dr. Will Tuttle in his interview here in the Vegan India! space has observed, I have a friend from India who traveled the country and interviewed small family cow owners and he learned that he could ask two questions that would always reveal the cruelty to cows required by milk products. One question was, “What do you do with the male calves that are born?” The typical answer was, “We sell them.” The vast majority end up being sold and slaughtered for meat (either veal or beef). In some cases, they may be first castrated and used as oxen to work in fields, after which they are sold. The second question was, “What do you do with the female cows after their milk production declines?” Again, the cow owners would get uncomfortable and say, “We sell them.” Meat again. Or perhaps they let them go to wander the countryside, where they often starve slowly.

This is the harsh reality of animal-based foods.

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We have enjoyed finding and documenting the vegan parallels to animal-based foods in this blog. We have a modest database of plant-based butter obtained from almonds, avocado, cashew nuts, peanuts, sesame, and sunflower seeds that you can click this link to view. To this list, today we add the exciting range of plant butter from the Fabindia collection of goodies. These are the cashew nut, peanut, and sesame (tahini) butter.



The best feature about the Fabindia range of plant butter is that they contain nothing but roasted nuts and seeds, salt, and sugar. In other words, this plant-based butter range does not contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, stabilizers, artificial flavors and preservatives, or a host of chemicals with long names in the listing under ‘Ingredients’.

Most of you know that there are Fabindia stores in many cities in the country; if you wish to locate the store nearest to you, you can click this link on the Fabindia website.

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Acknowledgements:
The “Shadow and Shine” comic strip has been created by our friend, Surya Ranjan Shandil. Ranjan is an IIT graduate, currently working in the field of high-end software technology development. Ranjan is also a talented hobby painter and graphic artiste.
    
“Life in its infinite forms exists as one organic unity. We are part of it: the part should feel reverence for the whole. It simply means: don’t destroy life. It simply means: life is God — avoid destroying it, otherwise you will be destroying the very ecology.” ~Osho~

For different varieties of plant-based/vegan butter reviewed in this blog, you can click this link.

9 comments:

  1. This is exciting news indeed!

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  2. Nice article and cartoon, vegan-india :-)

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  3. Thank you for the interesting products, vegan-india! The cartoon is so nice!

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    1. Thank you Arun! Hope that Shadow and Shine will share more adventures in the coming months :)

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  4. Very informative and thanks for coming up with such vegan alternatives.

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    1. Glad you found the post useful, ReguG! Vegan "alternatives" are all around us actually, just need to shift our perspectives a little to "find" them. Enjoyed going through your blog, Healthy Eating Healthy Living. Especially enjoyed reading the post, "From Non-Vegetarian to Vegetarian to Vegan" (http://regug.blogspot.in/2011/09/from-non-vegetarian-to-vegetarian-to.html#comment-form). Great going!

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  5. Btw does anyone know if sesamebutter contains calcium ?

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    1. Any question, just google it, friend! Here's one result: http://www.katefreemannutrition.com.au/2011/06/27/non-dairy-sources-of-calcium. This article titled, "Non-dairy Sources of Calcium" lists "tahini" or sesame butter as a source of calcium.

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  6. And no cholesterol, either! Tahini does contain calcium, Musafir.

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