How Were Idli, Dosa, Appam Invented? This Twitter Users Funny Origin Stories Are Going Viral


  • Twitter user @peeleraja posted a thread of origin stories of foods
  • Among the ones he spun stories around included dosa, idli and appam
  • The origin stories are a play on food names and are making Twitter giggle

Have you ever wondered where and how the food that you eat daily came to be in its current avatar? There’s a lot of history- cultural, political, economic etc.- behind our most loved dishes. This is true especially in India, where food is as varied and as colourful as the diversity of the culture of the subcontinent. Now that Indian food is taking over the world, a lot of food and history enthusiasts are digging up old mythologies and local folklore and stories related to various dishes to trace them back to their origins. You’d be surprised to know that even the humblest of dishes that adorn your breakfast, lunch and dinner tables have gone through several phases of reimagining and rediscoveries to get to their current avatars. But wouldn’t it be fun to imagine just how your favourite food was invented? At least one Twitter user feels so.

A user that goes by the username @peeleraja on Twitter, elicited more than a few giggles with his unique and witty fictional histories of some of the most popular South Indian dishes, including dosas, idlis and chutney. Here’s how he claimed dosa might have been discovered: “Dosa has an interesting origin. It was called “dosha” meaning “sin”. Deprived of alcohol, some Brahmin temple cooks thought they could get high on fermented rice. Kinda like sake. But their experiment failed. To salvage it one of them made fried crepes out of it”. That almost sounds probable now, doesn’t it?

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Here’s how the Twitter user feels chutney came to be: “Dosa’s complement – Chutney was invented in Karnataka and derives its etymology from “chata” which is kannad for “bad habit.” Refers to minor bad habits like biting nails or shaking legs while seated. So a “dosha” or sin must be accompanied by “chata” or bad habit.”

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Oh and idli was apparently an accident that happened during an attempt to make the perfect dosa- at least according to @peeleraja’s wild alternate universe. “One batch of dosa batter had been fermented too much. It was stinking up the Adigas’ kitchen”, the user said on Twitter, adding, “One of the adigas simply steamed it into fluffy little dumplings and asked “yelli idli?” meaning “where should i keep it?” in kannad. That is how the humble “idli” got its name.” ‘Adiga’, he says means cook in Kannada.

Also, just so you didn’t know, the appam is a hybrid of idli and dosa and here’s how @peeleraja imagined it would have been invented: “The dosa and idli traveled to Kerala and TN. In Kerala, Christian priests or “fathers” made a hybrid of idli and dosa. A pancake like dosa but fluffy like idli in the middle. It was called “appam” i.e. “of the fathers”. Appa is the common word for father in South India.”

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That’s a fun play between food, etymology and imagination and a lot of Twitter users seem to have enjoyed this thread of tweets a lot. So the next you catch yourself wondering how a particular food came to be, simply weave an imaginary story around it!

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Dry Fasting For Weight Loss: Everything You Need To Know About This Extreme Detox Diet


  • In dry fast, dieters completely stay away from both food and water
  • Dieters need to a pick an ideal date for following the dry fast
  • Dieters need to detox a week before starting the dry fast

You might have heard about intermittent fasting- a fasting diet that promises to help you lose weight and curb hunger pangs, by restricting your meal timings. Fasting diets have gained traction worldwide and there is a lot of curiosity around them. The interest has also spawned a number of different versions of the diets, all of which claim to promote fat burn and quick weight loss. Another popular weight loss diet, which has been creating waves in India and abroad is the dry fasting diet for weight loss. This diet has existed since centuries, but the term is relatively lesser known. Dry fasting is an extreme form of dieting, where dieters abstain from consuming both food and water for the period of the diet. Right at the outset the diet sounds extremely dangerous, but it is said to give you guaranteed results in the form of quick weight loss and loss of belly fat. Moreover, it has a number of other purported benefits including detox, fighting inflammation, etc. However, there is very limited evidence to support any of these benefits.

What Is Dry Fasting For Weight Loss?

There are two types of dry fast- soft dry fast and hard dry fast. In soft dry fast, dieters use water to brush their teeth, take a shower and wash their faces. On the other hand, in hard dry fasting, dieters do not come in contact with water at all. It is said to work for weight loss and fat burn, as in a state where the body doesn’t get any food or water, it switches to burning fat to generate energy. This type of fasting is sure to stress the body out and in that state of stress, the body starts utilising any and every available source of energy that it has access to. Dry fasting is said to send the body into a process called autophagy, which is a natural process of recycling old cells as an energy source. The result of the process is the creation of new and stronger cells. However, in order to practice dry fasting, dieters have to follow certain steps in preparation for the period of extreme abstinence.

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clock fasting eat plateDry Fasting For Weight Loss: It is said to send the body into a process called autophagy

First, the dieters consult a physician to do an assessment of their body systems and find out if they are physically sound enough to practice the fast. The date of the fast has to be picked in such a manner that it doesn’t coincide with a day of intense physical or mental strain, as the body will have to go without any fuel. Dieters may want to first try soft dry fasting before switching to the hard dry fasting. Additionally, dieters may want to start detoxing by eliminating caffeine, a week in advance in preparation for the extreme fast. In case the fast proves to be too taxing for the body, the dieters should be prepared to get the body out of it, as soon as possible. But one can’t just snap out of this fast, and they will have to gently transition to regular diet by introducing a transitional period of liquid diet.

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However, it is important to note that the purported benefits of this ‘weight loss diet’ are purely anecdotal and are not based on any reliable scientific evidence or research studies.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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गैस चैंबर में तब्दील हुई दिल्ली की आबोहवा, सांस लेना तक हुआ दूभर

वायु की गुणवत्ता खराब होने के लिये वाहनों के प्रदूषण, निर्माण गतिविधियों और मौसम संबंधी कारकों समेत कई कारकों को जिम्मेदार ठहराते हुए केंद्रीय प्रदूषण नियंत्रण बोर्ड (सीपीसीबी) ने आने वाले दिनों में दिल्ली-एनसीआर में वायु गुणवत्ता के और खराब होने का पूर्वानुमान व्यक्त किया है. 

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नई दिल्ली : अब छोटे शहर, गांव, जिले और कस्बों में भी कैंसर जैसी बीमारी का इलाज हो सकेगा. जी हां सरकार जिलों के अस्पतालों में भी इन बीमारियों के इलाज की सुविधा लेकर आ रही है. दरअसल, नॉन कम्यूनिकेबल डीसिज (गैर-संक्रामक रोग) इनमें दिल की बीमारी, डायबिटीज और कैंसर शामिल है. इन बीमारियों के कारण ही भारत में सबसे ज्यादा लोग मौत के शिकार होते हैं. इसी भयावहता को देखते हुए सरकार ने पीपीपी मॉडल के अंतर्गत एक गाइडलाइन जारी की है. इस गाइडलाइन के आधार पर जिलों के अस्पतालों में प्राइवेट अस्पतालों की मदद से इन बीमारियों का इलाज हो सकता है.

61 फीसदी मौत का कारण एनसीडी
नीति आयोग के सदस्य वीके पॉल ने बताया कि पीपीपी मॉडल में इलाज की लागत आयुष्मान भारत के योजना के तहत आने वाली लागत के बराबर होगी. उन्होंने बताया, हम सप्लाई साइड को और भी मजबूत करने के लिए ऐसा मॉडल लेकर आ रहे हैं. WHO की रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक भारत में 61 फीसदी मौतें एनसीडी से होती है. इस बात से हम वाकिफ हैं और इसलिए इन बीमारियों की रोकथाम के लिए हम जिला अस्पतालों में तैयारियां कर रहे हैं.

ये हैं गाइडलाइंस
इस गाइडलाइन के अनुसार इस सेवा को मुहैया कराने में केंद्र और राज्य सरकार दोनों की भूमिका 50:50 होगी. फाइनेंस भी इसी आधार पर होगा.

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सरकारी और प्राइवेट अस्पताल शामिल होंगे
सरकारी और प्राइवेट दोनों अस्पताल इसमें शामिल होंगे. ये एक रेवीन्यू मॉडल होगा. प्राइवेट अस्पताल इसके लिए बोली लगाएंगे. मतलब उनका जितना खर्चा आएगा वे सरकार को बताएंगे, जिसका खर्चा सबसे कम होगा उसे पहला प्रोजेक्ट मिल जाएगा. जिले में जो अस्पताल पहले से हैं उन्हें सुधारा और बड़ा किया जाएगा, जरूरत हुई तो वहां नए अस्पताल भी बनाए जाएंगे.

अस्पतालों को गाइडलाइन भेजी गई
सरकार जगह देगी और प्राइवेट अस्पताल बेड और बाकी उपकरण और सेवा देंगे. जो लोग आयुष्मान भारत के अंतर्गत आते हैं उन्हें इसका लाभ मिलेगा. आयुष्मान भारत स्कीम में जो रेट है वही इसके लिए भी लागू होगी. राज्य सरकार और प्राइवेट अस्पतालों को ये गाइडलाइन भेज दी गई है. जल्द ही इस मॉडल पर काम शुरू हो जाएगा.

सरकार की इस योजना से लगता है स्वास्थ्य क्षेत्र में सरकारी अस्पताल अपनी भूमिका निभाने में पीछे होते जा रहे हैं इसलिए सरकार भी अब प्राइवेट प्लेयर्स को जगह दे रही है. आज ये बात और साफ हो गई जब नीति आयोग ने एनसीडी (नॉन कम्युनिकेबल डीसिज) के रोकथाम के लिए पीपीपी मॉडल पर गाइडलाइंस जारी की. आयुष्मान भारत में भी प्राइवेट अस्पतालों की भूमिका अहम है और अब इस तरह की बीमारियों की रोकथाम के लिए भी सरकार को प्राइवेट अस्पतालों का सहारा लेना पड़ रहा है. ये प्रोजेक्ट बीडिंग यानी निलामी के आधार पर होगा.

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Want To Lose Fat Fast? Eat Dinner At 2 PM, Says This Weight Loss Fad Diet


  • Early Time Restricted Feeding allows dieters to eat for only 6 hours
  • Dieters can eat anything between 8 am and 2 pm but nothing after that
  • There is limited evidence to support the efficiency of this diet

Fasting and fasting diets have become quite popular with weight watchers nowadays. These are the diets, when an individual consumes as much as they want during a stipulated time period of the day, and refrain from eating anything at all, during the majority of the hours of the day. This form of intermittent fasting is known as Time Restricted Eating or Feeding. The concept is as simple as it sounds- start your meals early in the morning and then finish lunch and dinner as earlier in the day as possible. An extreme form of intermittent fasting diet is a fad diet that encourages dieters to stop eating as early as 2 pm! So basically, in this fad diet, an individual’s last meal of the day or dinner is going to be at 2 pm and they cannot eat anything at all after that.

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This diet shifts the focus from counting the number of calories consumed to the time period of consuming these calories. This form of dieting takes the concept of eating early to a whole new level and also promises to promote weight loss. This particular weight loss fad diet where you can’t eat anything after 2 pm, is known as “Early Time Restricted Feeding” and it allows dieters to eat anything and everything, as long as they are eating it between 8 am and 2 pm only. This is one of the most difficult TRF diets to follow, as you have to squeeze all your meals within a six-hour time period and you will essentially be fasting for the rest of the day.

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Early Time Restricted Feeding is believed to curb hunger pangs and boost fat loss

Early Time Restricted Feeding: Does It Help In Weight Loss?

This fad diet for weight loss first became popular in 2016, when a team of researchers from Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana claimed that following eTRF had a number of benefits. The researchers said that following this form of intermittent fasting not only boosted fat loss, but also helped control hunger pangs by keeping ‘appetite levels more even’ throughout the day. Then in 2017 again a team of researchers from University of Alabama proved that eTRF was most effective for weight loss and dealing with frequent hunger pangs. These researchers actually put 11 men and women on an eTRF diet for four days. During this period, the subjects were allowed to eat four meals, but only between 8 am and 2 pm.

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The team allowed the dieters to have two breakfasts instead of one and claimed that by eating in this fashion, the subjects were burning as much as they were eating, but keeping more muscle and losing more fat. So should you follow this diet to lose weight faster? It doesn’t seem to be a dependable or a sustainable way to lose weight, as you cannot fast forever. Moreover, there isn’t enough scientific evidence (besides these two minor researches) to suggest whether or not this diet actually works.

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#NewRestaurantAlert: Check Out These New Restaurants/Cafes in Delhi And Mumbai This Month


  • Asian bakery chain Bread Talk has opened in Saket, Delhi
  • Burma Burma has a new outlet in NOIDA and it’s a must-visit
  • Pooja Dhingra’s Le15 Petit Cafe is a slice of Paris in Mumbai

India’s metropolitan cities are melting pots for cultures of all kinds. With people from all around the country migrating to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, their landscape is continuously evolving to cater to the tastes and demands of the ever-growing urban population. The ever-increasing numbers of restaurants and cafes stand testimony to the fact that variety is indeed the spice of life in these fast-paced cities. Every few weeks, there are new places that crop up in different corners of these cities, giving us an opportunity to head out and explore. Just like every month, our #NewRestaurantAlert feature is back with a list of places for you to check out in in Delhi and Mumbai. Two of these are cafes, which should definitely be on your weekend hangout hit list, the third one is the second outlet of a much loved vegetarian restaurant and the fourth place is a tasting studio in Mumbai, meant for spirit connoisseurs.

Here are top 4 new restaurants/cafes for you to check out in Delhi NCR and Mumbai:

1. BreadTalk, Delhi

This bakery cum café should excite anyone who is a fan of baked goodies. The Asian chain has over 900 outlets in various different Asian countries including Thailand, China, Cambodia, Vietnam and now it’s opened in the national capital as well. So what can you expect? Loads of deliciousness in the form of whole cakes, steam cakes, dry cakes, doughnuts, buns and breads awaits anyone heading to BreadTalk in Delhi.

Where: F-74-75-76, first floor, Select Citywalk, Saket District Centre, New Delhi

Timings: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm

Cost for two: INR 400 (plus taxes)

2. Le15 Petit Café, Mumbai

Le15, which started out as a patisserie, has come a long way, after having opened two cafes, besides multiple bakery outlets. The Colaba café of the brand is easily one of the best places to hangout at, but now it has competition from its newly born sister in the suburbs- Le15 Petit Café. The café has opened its doors to dessert enthusiasts in Oberoi Mall in Goregaon and it promises to transport you to Paris through its food.

Where: Oberoi Mall, Ground Floor, Western Express Highway, Goregaon East, Mumbai

Timings: 9 am to 11 pm

Cost for two: Rs 500

3. Burma Burma, Noida

Burma Burma is a name that vegetarians fondly associate with great food and relaxing tea flavours. The restaurant and tea room has a new outlet in Sector 18 in Noida, which is sure to delight people residing in the region. With gluten-free options and wide range of tea types and flavours to choose from, it’s a vegetarian teetotaller’s paradise and their absolute best bet for a relaxing weekend brunch.

Where: Shop D 420B, Third Floor, DLF Mall of India, Plot M-03, Sector 18, Noida

Timings: 12:30pm – 4pm, 7pm – 11pm

Cost for two: Rs 1500

4. Vault Tasting Studio

Conceptualised as a co-founded project, the Vault Tasting Studio is aimed at curating experiences for the well-travelled connoisseurs with handcrafted and handpicked Single Malts, Rums, Cognac, Gins and other fine spirits by independent producers from across the world. The membership for the Studio is open and once the minimum member requirement of 100 people is met, only then will the work of the studio start in South Mumbai.

So if you haven’t got your weekend plans in order, you can pick one of these amazing places to get you gang together and spend some quality time with them.

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Nutrition Bars For Weight Loss: 5 Things To Remember While Choosing Energy Bars For Your Diet


  • Nutrition bars are easy to carry and eat and are healthier to snack on
  • Store-bought nutri bars can be high in sugars and trans fats as well
  • Make sure your energy bars are high in dried fruits and high-fibre foods

Weight loss isn’t very easy to achieve as there are a lot of factors that play a vital role in the scheme of things. Your body mass index, the amount of fat in your body, your metabolic rate (the rate at which the body burns calories and converts them to energy), your diet, meal timings, hormones and sleep cycles are all factors that directly impact your weight loss journey. Moreover, there’s a lot of information out there about quick fixes, weight loss fads and ‘miraculous’ fat-cutting solutions that can confuse us. There are a number of products out there that also promise to bring our weight to a number that is more desirable to us. Nutrition bars are one of those that promise to be healthy on-the-go snacks for those watching their weight. The market is full of brands selling these ‘high-protein, high-fibre’ energy bars.

Nutrition Bars For Weight Loss: Are They Helpful?

Energy bars are convenient, easy-to-carry and eat and promise to pack in more nutrition in fewer amounts of calories. But are they really good for weight loss? Health freaks swear by certain brands of nutrition bars, which are often substituted for actual meals. However, it all depends on the contents of a particular brand of the energy bar. Most energy or nutrition bars do have good amounts of healthy carbohydrates and fibre and some are fortified with protein too. But unfortunately, these often also tend to be high in sugar and may even be loaded with trans fats.

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So if you’re looking to lose weight, you may want to stay away from grabbing energy or nutrition bars daily. However, you can eat them once in a while, but make sure you purchase the right nutri bar that is actually rich in the right micro and macro nutrients and low in sugars and overall calories. Obviously then, these ‘healthy’ nutrition bars won’t be great in taste, but they will help you load up on the requisite energy and nutrition, without derailing your weight loss journey.

Here are a few quick pointers to refer to, while choosing nutrition bars when you’re on a weight loss diet:

1. Opt for nutrition bars made from healthy cereals like oats, and high-fibre foods like seeds, nuts, as well as nut butters. The fewer the ingredients of the bar, the healthier it is though.

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2. Make sure to check the label for sugars. Anything that is suffixed with ‘-ose’ on the nutrition label of the energy bar is a sugar. Go for a bar that contains no more than 10 gm of sugar per bar.

3. Opt for a nutrition bar that contains more dried fruits like raisins, apricots, dates as these bars will be naturally sweeter and healthier.

4. Check for the protein to carbohydrate ratio in the bar. If it’s an protein bar you are going for, then the ratio should be 1:1, while in an energy bar, 1:4 ratio of protein to carbs is good. For weight loss, protein bars are better suited to you than energy bars.

5. Avoid ‘sugar-free’ nutrition bars as these often contain sugar alcohols, which are harmful for your health.

So now you know! As a general thumb rule, when you’re looking to lose weight, everything that comes from the farm is better and healthier for you, while everything that comes from a store should be treated with more than a pinch of suspicion.

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Hema Malinis 70th Birthday Cake Is As Dreamy As The Dream Girl Herself! (See Pics)


  • Hema Malini celebrated her 70th birthday on Tuesday
  • Hema Malini’s birthday cake was a peacock-themed beauty
  • Hema Malini is a vegetarian and she follows a strict diet

Veteran actor and politician Hema Malini celebrated her 70th birthday on 16th of October and the diva’s friends and family threw her a lavishly elegant birthday party. Malini looked regal in a rose pink saree during the celebrations that were attended by her daughters Esha and Ahana Deol as well as her friend and another veteran actor Rekha. Both Hema Malini and Esha Deol posted several photos and videos from the party on their respective Instagram pages. Malini, who is famously known as ‘dream girl’ of Bollywood, for her ethereal beauty, cut several cakes on her birthday, along with her grandkids- Esha’s daughter and Ahana’s son. But the main cake of the event came from Deliciae Cakes in Mumbai and it looked as dreamy as the ‘Dream Girl’ herself. We just can’t take our eyes off the beautifully done up peacock-themed cake.

The bakery also shared a picture of the beautifully detailed cake on their Instagram page and we got a close-up of the cake. Have a look:

Doesn’t that look absolutely mesmerising? The message on the base of the cake says, “Happy Birthday to our ‘Dream Girl’. We Love You”. Here’s a look at Hema Malini posing with Rekha and with her birthday cake:

Here are more pictures of Hema Malini cutting her birthday cake with her two daughters, sons-in-law and grand kids:

Many have marvelled over the timelessness of Hema Malini’s beauty and her slim physique. Malini has managed to stay as fit and as agelessly beautiful as she looks, with the help of a clean diet and a disciplined fitness regimen. The 70-year-old has been doing the yogic breathing exercise of Pranayam every day since the past several decades. She is a trained classical dancer and dancing doubles up as an excellent exercise routine. She also cycles daily for at least 15 minutes. The actor is a vegetarian, who consumes antioxidant-rich green tea daily and also eats an early dinner. Well here’s wishing the timeless beauty a belated happy birthday!

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If You Dont Eat Honey Because You Are A Vegan, Avocados Might Be Off-Limits, Too

One thing that most sensible people can agree on – whether they’re vegan, meat-eaters, paleo, keto or whatever food tribe they happen to belong to – is that avocados are delicious. But there’s a paradigm-shifting debate online about the very nature of avocados that could make some of the eaters who appreciate them the most renounce them. Depending on how strict their definition of veganism is, some vegans may be dismayed to learn that the avocado-almond milk smoothies they’ve been drinking might – gasp! – not be so vegan after all.

Vegans eschew not only products made from animals, such as bacon and leather, but also products made by animals – the most obvious examples being milk and butter. For some vegans, this extends to honey, because it is produced from the labor of bees. Honey-avoiding vegans believe that exploiting the labor of bees and then harvesting their energy source is immoral – and they point out that large-scale beekeeping operations can harm or kill bees.

So why are avocados problematic? As the website the Conversation (and the British quiz show QI) points out, some avocados (and almonds) are produced by the work of bees, too. Honeybees pollinate many of our favorite fruits and vegetables, but in much of the United States, there are not enough bees to do this job naturally or efficiently. So farmers employ a practice called migratory beekeeping: They truck hives into their fields, where the bees live for short periods to pollinate the crops during the plants’ most fertile window. An in-depth article from Scientific American outlines just how important this practice is to farming and what effect it has on our ecosystem. The magazine estimated that without migratory beekeeping, the United States would lose one-third of its crops.

And it does involve cruelty to bees, according to Scientific American: “Forcing bees to gather pollen and nectar from vast swaths of a single crop deprives them of the far more diverse and nourishing diet provided by wild habitats. The migration also continually boomerangs honeybees between times of plenty and borderline starvation. Once a particular bloom is over, the bees have nothing to eat, because there is only that one pollen-depleted crop as far as the eye can see. When on the road, bees cannot forage or defecate. And the sugar syrup and pollen patties beekeepers offer as compensation are not nearly as nutritious as pollen and nectar from wild plants.” Not to mention, the commingling of bees from across the country in the same farms spreads disease, which can lead to colony collapse disorder.

But here’s what the debate hasn’t mentioned: Avocados and almonds aren’t the only crops that are pollinated in this manner. Migratory beekeeping is a slippery slope that – for those who wish to avoid it – could change the scope of veganism. Other fruits and vegetables that may be produced through migratory pollination include apples, plums, cherries, alfalfa, blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, pumpkin, lettuces, squash and tangerines. Not every item in these categories is produced in this manner, but unless a vegan were to know the practices of the farm of origin, they would have no way of knowing whether bees were exploited in the making of that squash salad.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has a strong stance against honey. “These tiny animals are factory-farmed, much like chickens, pigs, and cows are,” says the organization’s page on honeybees. “Avoid honey, beeswax, propolis, royal jelly, and other products that come from bees.” The PETA website also includes a roundup of “the best vegan recipes for avocado lovers,” including chocolate avocado pudding and tofu-stuffed avocados.

PETA sent The Washington Post a statement about its stance on migratory beekeeping: “Going vegan is about making kind choices that bring about positive change. Average shoppers can’t avoid produce that involved migratory beekeeping any more than they can avoid driving on asphalt, which has animal ingredients – but they can save nearly 200 animals’ lives every year by choosing plant-based foods instead of meat, eggs, and dairy ‘products,’ ” said PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman.

Asked to clarify how migratory beekeeping is different from honey, given that bees are mistreated in both cases, PETA senior media liaison Catie Cryar wrote in an email that, while it’s difficult to avoid fruits and vegetables that have been created through migratory beekeeping, “everyone can easily avoid honey, which is made by bees for bees, and instead enjoy delicious vegan options such as agave nectar.” Veganism “shouldn’t be about adhering to rigid dogma for dogma’s sake but rather about making choices that bring about positive change. Ideally, the use of products that involve harming animals should be avoided, but it’s impossible to be 100 percent ‘pure,’ ” she said.

Veganism may be the most philosophical of all diets, thanks to the constant moral relativist quandaries it entails. Some studies have questioned whether insects, particularly bees, are capable of feeling pain. And others – even such vegan groups as Direct Action Everywhere – point out that a vegan diet is hardly “cruelty free,” in that it involves the exploitation of migrant farmworkers or the potential poisoning via pesticides of wild animals that live near farms. Veganism cannot eliminate suffering, but its adherents can feel like they have not personally contributed to it.

So will vegans give up their avocado salads? Maybe the most hardcore ones will. But those who want to continue to slurp avocado smoothies have PETA’s blessing – as long as they don’t put honey in them.

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