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Green up your BBQ this 4th of July!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 21, 2010
File under: Entertaining, Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, 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 they can also be surprisingly unhealthy, so consider your options before you fire up the grill this weekend.

Types of Grills

Charcoal: Burning charcoal briquettes pollutes the air around you. 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. …read more of Green up your BBQ this 4th of July! here

 
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Organic Agave Nectar – Sweet!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 14, 2010
File under: Dairy Free, Diabetes, Healthy Eating, Organic, Vegan

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Agave (ah-GAH-vay) was cultivated for centuries by Native Americans for food, fiber and beverages. In Mexico’s arid central highlands agave nectar has been harvested from the blue agave plant, a succulent cactus best known as the plant used to make tequila.

The blue agave’s pineapple-shaped heart is covered with fleshy leaves that contain the sticky sweet syrup known as aguamiel or honey water south of the border.

Agave nectar has a low glycemic index (GI), the scale that ranks foods according to how they are metabolized in the body. Agave nectar is about 25 percent sweeter than table sugar, so a little goes a long way. …read more of Organic Agave Nectar – Sweet! here

 
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Vegetarian Diet Promotes Healthy Mood State

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 11, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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It has been well documented that people who choose a vegetarian diet enjoy superior health with lower risks for a variety of disorders, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer.1  Now, science has presented us with yet another reason to choose the healthful vegetarian lifestyle.

A new study published in Journal Nutrition has linked the vegetarian lifestyle with healthier mood states.2  It turns out that vegetarians are not only a lot healthier than the rest of the population, apparently, they are a lot happier, too. How does this finding challenge current recommendations?

Vegetarian diets exclude fish, long touted as a major dietary source of omega-3 fats. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential nutrients that cannot be synthesized in the body and must be obtained from dietary sources. Omega-3 fats, in the form of DHA and EPA are critical regulators of brain cell structure and function. Omnivorous diets low in EPA and DHA have been linked to impaired mood states. …read more of Vegetarian Diet Promotes Healthy Mood State here

 
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Diet and Diabetes: A New Approach

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 10, 2010
File under: Diabetes, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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According to a study published in Diabetes Care, the diabetic population in the US will almost double in the next 25 years.

The scientific analysis was conducted by a team from the University of Chicago and projected that without significant changes in public or private strategies, annual medical costs due to the disease are expected to reach $336 billion, up from $113 billion.1

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disorder in which the body either does not produce insulin or does not respond to it. Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas and is required to convert sugar and other foods into energy. …read more of Diet and Diabetes: A New Approach here

 
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6 Smart Summer Snacks for Kids

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 7, 2010
File under: Healthy Eating, Saving Money, Snacks, Vegan, Whole Grains

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Kids need a lot of energy to keep going during the summer.  As soon as the school year is over they are suddenly on the go, riding their bikes, swimming, playing sports or off to the park to meet friends. Daily schedules are out the window and it can be a challenge to make sure they are eating as well as they should.

It’s a good idea to stock up on small portable foods that pack a lot of nutrition. Kids, teens and ‘tweens all tend to eat lots of small meals throughout the day and it’s a good idea to keep wholesome snacks on hand. Whole grain waffles, pretzels, breadsticks, tortillas and pita pockets, hummus, granola and trail mix are convenient foods for a quick pick-me-up that are healthful and satisfying.

Any snack a child makes is a snack that child is likely to eat, and younger children will especially enjoy being involved in choosing and preparing simple snacks. Having fresh and dried fruit, popcorn, nuts, nut butters and a variety of raw veggies on hand can make quick and healthy snacking a breeze. …read more of 6 Smart Summer Snacks for Kids here

 
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