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Vegetable Protein vs Animal Protein …and the Winner is…

By Tammy Fry Kelly
September 14, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Most people still really believe that the only way you can get protein is from eating animal products. The common misconception is that vegans cannot be as strong as their meat-eating counterpart is a myth!

Proteins are made up of amino acids. There are nine essential amino acids that our body needs but cannot manufacture itself.  We need to get these amino acids from the food we eat.

When we consume protein, our body breaks down the protein into its components and then assembles the correct strands of protein for the body’s requirements.

It is critical to note that plant proteins contain all of nine of the essential amino acids and contain as much or more protein, calorie for calorie. Plant foods can easily supply all our protein needs. Vegetables are on average, around 22 percent protein by calorie, beans 28 percent, and grains 13 percent.

Animal Protein has in fact been shown many times over to be detrimental to human health. …read more of Vegetable Protein vs Animal Protein …and the Winner is… here

 
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Chill Out with Quick and Easy, Dairy-Free and Delicious Nice Cream

By Sherry Brooks ecomii.com
August 24, 2015
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

No treat is as satisfying on a hot summer day as ice cream. This creamy frozen delight can cool the body and soothe the soul, however ice cream is very high in calories, fat and saturated fat and can put a considerable crimp in your diet.

No worries! You can enjoy rich tasting ice cream even if you are going for a great beach body or eating a heart-healthy, cruelty-free, or raw, plant-based diet. If you find that hard to believe, check out my nice cream.  Made with only one ingredient, you can make nice cream in a few minutes in your food processor or power-blender.

Peel and slice at least six medium ripe bananas. Place them in a plastic freezer bag and freeze.  Blend frozen fruit just until smooth into a creamy, rich textured soft serve.  You can also place in a plastic container and freeze your “nice cream for a dessert the consistency of grocery store ice cream . . . all for a fraction of the cost!

Get creative: You can blend in a touch of maple syrup, Earth Balance vegan spread, and sea salt – then stir in chopped pecans for Butter Pecan Nice Cream. Add raw cacao powder to make Chocolate Nice Cream and you can then stir chopped vegan marshmallows and almonds in for Rocky Road Nice Cream. …read more of Chill Out with Quick and Easy, Dairy-Free and Delicious Nice Cream here

 
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Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D. ecomii.com
July 9, 2015
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating

A new report shows that global spending on cancer drugs reached $100 billion last year – a 10.3 percent increase from 2013. Experts predict that, at this rate, spending on cancer medicine will reach $147 billion by 2018.

But, we could potentially save billions by halting the rise of lifestyle cancers. Approximately one-third of cancer cases are preventable, according to the World Health Organization. And the American Institute for Cancer Research states that a healthy diet and other lifestyle changes can prevent an estimated 340,000 cancer cases per year.

Physicians Committee doctors and dietitians released a list of six dietary recommendations to help individuals lower their cancer risk. Read the recommendations below to learn how you can help improve your health. After all, prevention is the best form of treatment! …read more of Prevent Cancer Costs by Preventing Cancer here

 
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Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 24, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Pets, Vegan, Vegetarian, Weight Control

 

Travis Oser 13 Year old Vegetarian Labrador Retriever

People choose what they eat based on their belief system, which can include health, environmental, cultural or religious ideals; decisions that carry over to what they feed their family and their pets.

In addition to health, ecological and religious concerns, vegetarians and particularly vegans are repulsed by meat consumption and driven by compassion for animals, non-violence and economics.

Oftentimes the more distance we place between ourselves and anything the more objective we become. People sometimes choose a vegetarian lifestyle for one reason, health, religion, or animal rights and later connect with other reasons for doing so along the way.

A 2006 report from the National Research Council stated that a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with Vitamin D is healthy for dogs. Commercial dry food products provide the high levels of protein, …read more of Dog Goes Vegetarian, Loses 50 pounds here

 
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How Phytates Fight Cancer Cells

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 15, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Nuts, Seeds, Vegan

Phytate is a compound found in beans, grains, nuts and seeds. The average daily intake of phytate in vegetarian diets is about twice that of those eating a mixed diet of plant and animal foods, which may help explain their low cancer rates. Aside from helping to prevent helping to prevent cancer dietary phytate has been reported to help prevent kidney stone formation and to protect against diabetes mellitus, dental cavities and heart disease.

Do all these potentially beneficial effects sound too good to be true? Are there other examples of compounds made by plants that can have benefits across multiple diseases? Yes! Aspirin, for example, found throught the plant kingdom may also account for a variety of plant-based benefits. Video: Aspirin in Plant Foods

But of all the things phytates can do, the anticancer properties of phytate (aka phytic acid, IP6, or inositol hexaphosphate), is considered one of its most important benefits.

…read more of How Phytates Fight Cancer Cells here

 
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