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The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret?

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
January 30, 2017
File under: Fruit, Greens, Healthy Eating, Legumes, Nuts, Vegan

The Mediterranean Diet is an “in” topic nowadays in both the medical literature and the lay media. What is it? Where did it come from? Why is it good? Merits are rarely detailed; possible downsides are never mentioned.” So, let’s dig in….

After World War II, the government of Greece asked the Rockefeller foundation to come in and assess the situation. Impressed by the low rates of heart disease in the region, nutrition scientist Ancel Keys – after which “K” rations were named – initiated his famous seven countries study.

In this study, he found the rate of fatal heart disease on the Greek isle of Crete was 20 times lower than in the United States. They also had the lowest cancer rates and fewest deaths overall. What were they eating? …read more of The Mediterranean Diet … What’s the Secret? here

 
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Patriotic Pancakes

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
July 4, 2016
File under: Dairy Free, Fruit, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes made healthy and delicious without eggs or dairy and contain zero cholesterol or saturated fat!

Celebrate your independence from high fat, cholesterol and saturated fat loaded foods with these delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes this 4th of July!

Whether sweet or savory, pancakes are not just for breakfast or brunch anymore. Diners and some restaurant chains are known for serving breakfast any time of day and you can enjoy these tasty and nutritious pancakes any time of the day … or year, too!

Plump, sweet and juicy, fresh blueberries and strawberries bring great nutrition and powerful antioxidants to the table. …read more of Patriotic Pancakes here

 
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Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too!

By Gabrielle Ottavio
June 25, 2014
File under: Fruit, Healthy Eating, Pets, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan

Summer is now officially here and temperatures have already soared well into the 90’s in many areas of the country.

It is important to keep your pet hydrated, no matter the season however, in the dog days of summer proper hydration is crucial to protect your dog from heat stress and heat related illnesses.

Different dogs have different needs when battling the heat. For instance, a darker coat will absorb more heat and an overweight dog will be at higher risk for dehydration. There are many added stresses on the body for the overweight pet, such as an increased risk of diabetes and joint pain.

The summertime heat and humidity only add to this stress; when an overweight dog suffers from the heat, it’s harder for him to cool off by panting. Cats cool themselves by licking their fur and though they do actually sweat through their paws, cats will also begin to pant when they become very overheated. …read more of Frozen or Chilled Watermelon Slushy for Pets and People, Too! here

 
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Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
May 18, 2014
File under: Fruit, Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

In 1936, Albert Szent-Györgyi, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering vitamin C described a vitamin “P,” which we now know encompasses a class of thousands of phytonutrients called flavonoids.

Some, like quercitin, are abundant in plant-based foods. We can tell something is plentiful in the plant kingdom when you can find it even in iceberg lettuce!

Other phytonutrients, however, are only found in specific plant groups. Hesperidin, for instance is found primarily in citrus fruits. This may be one of the reasons that, of all the different types of fruit that have been studied, citrus fruit may cut the risk of stroke the most. …read more of Eating Citrus Fruit May Help Keep Your Hands Warm here

 
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Easy Fruit Butters: Fat-free, Sugar-free and Delectable!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 9, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Fruit, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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Fruit butter is a delightful treat that is wonderful on toast, muffins, waffles or pancakes and once took hours of slow cooking to produce the rich, velvety texture from fresh fruit. There is a better way to make these luscious spreads, which do a great job of replacing fatty butter or margarine.

High fat dairy products have more than artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol on board. A number of environmental pollutants bioaccumulate, therefore the higher up you are eating on the food chain, the more concentrated the environmental toxins.1

There is not a drop of butter in fruit butter.  The name comes from the smooth, easy-spread consistency, much like room temperature butter. Traditional fruit butter recipes call for a full cup of sugar to two cups of fruit and were actually cooked twice. Not so with these terrific spreads! …read more of Easy Fruit Butters: Fat-free, Sugar-free and Delectable! here

 
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