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Animal Agriculture and the Environment ~ Ignoring the Cow in the Room

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 11, 2017
File under: Agriculture, Climate Change, Diet, Environmental Impact

 

Raising animals for food, including land for grazing and growing their feed crops uses an astounding 30 percent of the earth’s land mass

Medical and environmental experts, including the World Health organization all concur that animal agriculture is destroying the health of humanity and the ecosystem on which we all depend for our very existence.

From polluted waterways and land erosion to deforestation (an estimated 70 percent of the Amazon leveled for cattle ranching) the production of meat leaves its large carbon footprint on every aspect of pollution and climate change. …read more of Animal Agriculture and the Environment ~ Ignoring the Cow in the Room here

 
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Soymilk Protein Markedly Superior to Cow Milk Protein

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 5, 2017
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

Protein is essential for the growth and maintenance of tissues, organs and muscles and the protein in soy is complete protein with all nine essential amino acids.

Soymilk contains complete protein and both soymilk and cow milk contain the about the same amount of protein and each provides all nine essential amino acids, but that is where the similarity ends

While cow milk provides a similar amount of protein, it also contains twice the fat and calories, not to mention 5 grams of unhealthy saturated fat. …read more of Soymilk Protein Markedly Superior to Cow Milk Protein here

 
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Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is…

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 21, 2017
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get more fiber, magnesium, and vitamins like A, C, and E, but they also get more iron.

The iron found predominantly in plants is non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed as well as the heme iron found in blood and muscle, but this may be a good thing. As seen in my video, The Safety of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron, avoidance of heme iron may be one of the key elements of plant-based protection against metabolic syndrome, and may also be beneficial in lowering the risk from other chronic diseases such as heart disease. …read more of Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is… here

 
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Eating These Super-Veggies Can Reduce Cancer Risk Dramatically!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 13, 2017
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

A plant-based or vegan diet is one that avoids all animal products.  Optimally healthful and really delicious, a balanced diet of vegetables, legumes, grains and fruit has been shown to reduce the risk of many types of cancer, heart disease, obesity and related conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

The vegetable kingdom is a rich source of antioxidants that have tremendous health benefits and cruciferous vegetables are highly prized for powerful anti-carcinogens, such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane.

A number of substances found in cruciferous vegetables have been linked to reduce the risk of various types of cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research some components in these super-veggies have been shown to halt the growth of cancer cells in tumors of the breast, uterine lining (endometrium), lung, colon, liver and cervix.[1] [2] …read more of Eating These Super-Veggies Can Reduce Cancer Risk Dramatically! here

 
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How Eating Plants May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 3, 2016
File under: Diet, Greens, Healthy Eating

The Intake of saturated fats and added sugars, two of the primary components of a modern Western diet is linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Plant-derived foods contain thousands of compounds with antioxidant properties, some of which can traverse the blood-brain barrier and may have neuroprotective effects by assisting with antioxidant defense.

The concept of “brain rust” is that neurodegenerative diseases arise from excess oxidative stress. Nature has gifted humankind with a plethora of plants, fruits, vegetables and nuts, and the diverse array of bioactive nutrients present in these natural products may play a pivotal role in prevention and one day, perhaps, even the cure of various neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Evidence suggests that naturally occurring plant compounds may potentially hinder neurodegeneration, and even improve memory and cognitive function. …read more of How Eating Plants May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease here

 
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