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The Calcium Myth

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


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
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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Baked Fudge Pudding – Healthy, Comforting and Delectable

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
June 28, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Comfort foods often have a nostalgic element or cultural significance either to the individual or a specific culture.

Chocolate pudding is one of the most coveted of comfort foods. Richly flavorful, chocolate pudding lingers on the tongue, coats the throat and evokes that childhood wonder at how anything could be that incredibly good!

Baked pudding is in a category all its own. Most of us are familiar with rice pudding and bread pudding, however baked chocolate, banana or maple puddings are less well known.

Pudding baked in the oven will puff up a bit and has a dense texture and synergy of flavors that cannot be achieved otherwise.

This delectable Baked Fudge Pudding is made with just five ingredients (with a sprinkling of cinnamon on top) and contains just one gram of fat in a generous two-third cup serving. …read more of Baked Fudge Pudding – Healthy, Comforting and Delectable here

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In India, Vegetarian Cookery is the Rule not the Exception

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
June 22, 2013
File under: Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

By far the most aromatic and elegant of all cuisines, the complex character of Indian cookery spans 6,000 years. Because of long standing cultural traditions and for economic reasons, almost eighty percent of India’s population is vegetarian.

The vegan diet is something that at first seems at odds with the Indian culture, where cows are revered and homemade paneer (cheese) is almost sacrosanct.

Today, veganism is beginning to take hold among Indians who are interested in avoiding heart disease, hypertension and diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases.

These days, the new Indian vegan is also motivated by an awareness that separating a cow from her calves to produce milk for human consumption is an act of cruelty. …read more of In India, Vegetarian Cookery is the Rule not the Exception here

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