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A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 12, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Meal Planning, Recipes, Vegan

Whether you are a longtime vegan, part-time vegetarian or health conscious cook accommodating guests, these plant-based dishes will fetch rave reviews. These dishes are low in fat, rich in antioxidants, entirely dairy and cholesterol free and can be made in advance.

Appetizers: Asparagus appetizer

Great Pumpkin Soup

Artichoke Stuffed Portobellos

Chilled Asparagus Creamy Dill Dressing

Cold Sesame Noodles Schzewan …read more of A Dozen Delicious Vegan Holiday Dishes here

 
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Dew Puff – Ancient Asian Secret for Beautiful Skin!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 17, 2013
File under: Natural Products, Skin Care, Sustainability

There’s a new kind of deep cleansing facial sponge on the North American market that is extremely gentle, plant-based, biodegradable and compostable.

Dew PuffTM face and body cleansing sponges exfoliate and refresh with pure, naturally alkaline plant fibers that create a perfect pH balance in the skin and leave the skin smoother, softer and brighter.

Dew PuffTM have one ingredient, a potato-like root from Asia called konjac, which is both cultivated and grows wild at high altitudes.

While new to North America, konjac has been regarded for its health and medicinal properties for thousands of years in the East, where it is considered a health food.

The Japanese have used the konjac root for beautiful skin for hundreds of years. Originally introduced to Japan for medicinal use in the sixth century, konjac makes a perfect natural sponge and cleansing agent that biologically balances the skin’s impurities and acidity. …read more of Dew Puff – Ancient Asian Secret for Beautiful Skin! here

 
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The Calcium Myth

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 25, 2013
File under: Dairy, Diet, Health Concerns

 

Dairy products have been relentlessly promoted as healthful and particularly protective against osteoporosis, as evidenced in the ubiquitous ‘Got Milk’ campaign.

Generations of women have been led to believe that there is a connection between the inadequate intake of calcium, which is seemingly abundant in dairy foods and osteoporosis. While the calcium content in cow’s milk may seem high, only about 30 percent is bioavailable to the human body. [1]

Though widely promoted, “Drink milk in order to protect against osteoporosis” is misleading and the opposite is actually the case. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for calcium is set at 1,000 mg from age four and 1,200 mg for postmenopausal women in an attempt to offset the effects of the typical American Diet which causes the bones to lose excessive calcium. …read more of The Calcium Myth here

 
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Sweet Deception

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 23, 2013
File under: Food Production, Health Concerns

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The Corn Refiners Association (CRA), a trade group representing the corn refining (wet milling) industry, claims that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has the “same natural sweetness as table sugar and honey.”

Many brand name foods and beverages, from soft drinks to tomato soup labeled “all-natural” contain a high level of HFCS. An interesting take since HFCS is highly processed and refined with enzymatic processes that make use of synthetic fixing agents.

High Fructose Corn Syrup is thought to play a role in the onset of obesity and many consumers have been wary since  reports surfaced that much of it has been tainted with mercury. While HFCS has never enjoyed much popularity among health-conscious consumers, CRA launched a $30 million ad campaign to counter the negative publicity surrounding HFCS.

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the increased use of HFCS in the US mirrors the rapid increase in obesity. Scientists found that the digestion, absorption and metabolism of fructose differ from glucose. …read more of Sweet Deception here

 
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Delicious Vegan Menu for a Labor Day Cookout

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 26, 2013
File under: Barbecue, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Labor Day marks the last official holiday weekend of the summer. More than three-quarters of American families own at least one barbecue grill and most summers-end celebrations this weekend will include an outdoor get together.

Fruits, vegetables and legumes are some of the most luscious and colorful of foods and certainly the most healthful.

Every plant-based meal you eat will reduce toxic emissions into the air and ground water as well as the level of saturated fat and cholesterol in your bloodstream.

Grilling is a great way to entertain and an opportunity to grill fresh vegetables and fruits that are bursting with flavor this time of year. Thick slices of eggplant, zucchini and ears of corn brushed with olive oil and fresh herbs are enticing and easy. …read more of Delicious Vegan Menu for a Labor Day Cookout here

 
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