PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - Nov 22, 2011) - Yummy Plants has unveiled an online community to help people explore a plant-based life at http://www.yummyplants.com. Yummy Plants currently features a section that spotlights vegan Thanksgiving recipes, designed to help people approach the upcoming holiday season informed, and well-positioned to make more healthful, delicious, plant-based meals for themselves and their guests.

Founded by Rebecca Gilbert, a former competitive figure skater who dramatically changed her life by switching to a plant-based diet, Yummy Plants provides support and information for everyone about eating healthy, plant-based meals.

"I've seen in my own life that we can make huge changes in our health by making changes in our diets," said Rebecca Gilbert, founder and CEO, Yummy Plants. "This topic is a top priority for a large cross-section of people, and we've tapped prominent plant-based experts around the world to share their knowledge with our community. We look forward to bringing new content to our members on an ongoing basis."

Yummy Plants features recipes from Alexandra Jamieson, author of "Vegan Cooking for Dummies"; Executive Chef Russell Svoboda of the all-vegan restaurant "Great Sage;" Chef Charlie Ayers of Calafia in Palo Alto; Christy Morgan, author of "Blissful Bites"; and renowned nutritarian Dr. Joel Fuhrman of Diseaseproof.com. The Health Tips by Doctors section features a special two-part interview with Dr. Neal Barnard, the President of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.

"I believe the Yummy Plants community has something for everyone -- it's a resource for people who want to eat more vegetables, and for those who want to transition to a vegan diet," said Gilbert.

Yummy Plants' target audience includes America's 3 million vegans (according to 2009 statistics from Vegetarian Group) and the more than 250 million Americans whose health problems can be improved with a plant-based diet (www.pcrm.org). These health issues include:

  • People with health issues (nearly 250 million Americans)
    • High cholesterol (79 million according to the CDC)
    • Heart disease (27 million according to the CDC)
    • Obesity (90 million adults and 12.5 million kids according to the CDC)
    • Type 2 diabetes (17 million according to www.medicineworld.org)
  • Lactose intolerance (30-50 million Americans according to the NIH)
  • Egg allergies (600,000 according to the ACAAI)

For more information on a plant-based lifestyle, please visit www.yummyplants.com.

About Yummy Plants
Yummy Plants is a community to help people explore a plant-based life. Founded by Rebecca Gilbert in 2011, Yummy Plants provides support and information for everyone about eating healthful, plant-based meals. Yummy Plants is a lifestyle portal for people around the world; it provides resources including recipes, vegan-friendly restaurants, nutrition information, and practical tips.

Yummy Plants is based in Pittsburgh, PA.

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