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So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan…

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 18, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

The protein myth is a public relations gimmick perpetrated by the Dairy Council and various Meat and Beef Council organizations, which are actually PR machines for the animal agriculture industry and not government agencies. They are also the source of the incorrect assumption that vegan diets are somehow lacking, and if you don’t drink milk[1] you will weaken your bones[2].

Consumers tend to rely on the last segment they saw on Cable News or the Today show for nutrition information. Viewers, generally overwhelmed with maintaining their day-to-day modern lifestyle are inundated with contradictory information pumped through the media.

Consequently, when a child or teen declares that they will not eat animal products, parents resort to much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth.

A balanced plant based diet with sufficient calories is more than adequate to maintain optimal health[3]. Americans consume two to three times the amount of protein necessary, which has a negative impact on their health. …read more of So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan… here

 
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Eat Soynuts To Reverse The Metabolic Syndrome

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 13, 2014
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Diabetes, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Metabolic (met-ah-BOL-ik) syndrome refers to a group of risk factors that raises the risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by obesity, high triglyceride levels, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol level and high fasting blood sugar.

The risk for cardiovascular heart disease (CVD), diabetes and stroke will increase with the number of metabolic risk factors a person may have. It is generally accepted that a person with metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop CVD and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who does not have the metabolic syndrome.

The metabolic syndrome is well-recognized precursor to diabetes and a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition[1] was conducted with postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome broken into three groups. …read more of Eat Soynuts To Reverse The Metabolic Syndrome here

 
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British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 2, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Organic, Produce, Vegan


Savory Sweet Potato Bites ~Easy and Delicious

Consumers are becoming concerned about food, health and safety issues and the social and ecological implications of their purchases. There is a growing distrust of conventional agro-industrial foods and consumers perceive organic products to be a more sustainable system delivering better-tasting, healthier and safer food.

A ten-year study by scientists at U.C. Davis in California found that the level of quercitin, the most common flavonoid in the human diet and the major flavonoid in tomatoes, increased 79 percent as a result of organic management. Also remarkable, the level of kaempferol, a natural antioxidant thought to prevent arteriosclerosis.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce[1] …read more of British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants here

 
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Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards?

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 29, 2014
File under: Food Production, Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Organic

There is one thing that most chefs agree on, it is that they prefer organic produce to that which is conventionally grown by an overwhelming margin. While choosing organic is a moral, environmental and indeed healthy choice, for chefs it is all about taste.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce.[1]

Organic food differs from conventionally produced food in the way it is grown, handled, and processed. Organic food is also produced with renewable resources that promote the conservation of soil and water to enhance and preserve the environment.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has put in place a set of national standards that food labeled “organic” must meet, whether it is grown in the United States or imported from other countries. …read more of Does Organic Food from China Meet the Same Standards? here

 
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Green Barbecue Tips

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 23, 2014
File under: Environment, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Backyard chefs believe that food cooked over an open fire is especially tasty because the juices stay concentrated in the middle and the surface becomes seared with smoky flavor. Cookouts may well be the quintessential summer pastime but can be unhealthy for people and the planet.

Charcoal Grills:

Burning charcoal briquettes pollutes the air. The smoky flavor in charcoal comes from charred wood and contributes to deforestation. Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust bound with a type of glue and may also contain limestone, sodium nitrate and coal dust.

Lump Charcoal

Lump charcoal is made from natural hardwood and will generally produce far less ash. Natural wood charcoal will light very easily and does not contain fillers and are therefore free of chemical pollutants. …read more of Green Barbecue Tips here

 
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