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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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You want to be Skinny? Here is the Dish GIRLFRIENDS!

By Persia White
June 2, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

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So you want to change your body… your health… feel good about yourself again? I have two words for you, GO VEGAN!

If you change the way you think about food, you can change the way you look and feel. Many people become vegan for reasons of compassion and that’s great. I was one of those people, but the way it makes me feel is out of this world fantastic!

I was amazed when my skin cleared up and my body fat seemed to just melt away.  I realized that my sense of taste and smell had improved, my mind actually felt sharper and I can’t even begin to explain how my heart felt! A giant weight was lifted from my chest when I knew that I was no longer supporting the intrinsic cruelty of the meat and dairy industry! …read more of You want to be Skinny? Here is the Dish GIRLFRIENDS! here

 
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