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Expo West 2015 ~ Best of Show!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 20, 2015
File under: Green Lifestyle Tips, Healthy Eating, Natural Products

Natural Products Expo West, the world’s largest natural, organic and healthy products trade show, took over the entire Anaheim Convention Center in California from March fourth through the eighth of this year.

The event, in its 35th year grew 7.2 percent, shattering records and attracting over 71,000 industry members.  There were more than 2,700 companies exhibiting natural and organic food, beverages, supplements, clothing and household goods as retailers, distributors and members of the press packed the aisles.

VegTV was there on the lookout for innovative and cutting edge products and was impressed with quite a few, this year.  We picked 10 “Best of Show” exhibitors, included exciting new products from fourteen different lines and conducted video interviews with each. …read more of Expo West 2015 ~ Best of Show! here

 
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Luscious High Protein Banana Bread

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 21, 2015
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

This delicious banana bread is very low in fat, rich in protein and fiber and unlike traditional baked goods, contains no cholesterol. Baked goods made with traditional ingredients contain at least six times the fat and about a quarter of the protein!

What defines quick breads are, as the name implies they are quick!  Quick breads are baked goods that rise with leavening agents other than yeast and evolved after the introduction of baking powder in 1850. …read more of Luscious High Protein Banana Bread here

 
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Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
February 28, 2015
File under: Healthy Eating, Natural Remedies, Spices, Vegan

Historians from all around the world have produced evidence to show that apparently all primitive peoples used herbs, often in a sophisticated way.[1]

Quinine from Cinchona bark was used to treat the symptoms of malaria long before the disease was identified, and the raw ingredients of a common aspirin tablet have been a popular painkiller for far longer than we have had access to tablet-making machinery.

Indeed, today many pharmacological classes of drugs include a natural product prototype that we originally discovered through the study of traditional cures and folk knowledge of indigenous people.

There’s a plant in South Asia called Adhatoda (from adu meaning “goat,” and thoda meaning “not touch” because it’s so bitter even the goats won’t eat it). It has compounds that help open one’s airways and as such, Adhatoda tea has been used traditionally to treat asthma, with the leaves steeped with black peppercorns. …read more of Why Pepper Boosts Turmeric Blood Levels here

 
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Using a Plant-Based Diet to Prevent Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D. ecomii.com
February 8, 2015
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Vegan

A new report from the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) shows that most Americans have only a vague notion about what causes cancer. Only 35 percent know that red meat is linked to an increased cancer risk, and fewer than half of Americans realize that a plant-based, high-fiber diet can actually reduce their odds of getting cancer. According to the AICR, nearly 340,000 cancer cases per year are preventable with lifestyle changes.

My colleagues at the Physicians Committee and I developed a set of recommendations that everyone can follow to reduce their cancer risk. These six easy dietary guidelines were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition to increase the focus on prevention. …read more of Using a Plant-Based Diet to Prevent Cancer here

 
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Super Healthy, Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
January 28, 2015
File under: Entertaining, Healthy Eating, Party Food, Recipes, Vegan

Photo: Juan Carlo

Pizza, salsa, dips  and chips are typical game day munchies, but there’s something really special about a hearty bowl of spicy chili on Super Bowl Sunday.

Chili is a universal favorite, an easy one-pot wonder that feeds a crowd and is easy to make in advance. This is especially true in Texas, where the dish was born well over a century ago.

Chili Con Carne means pepper with meat, traditionally a dish of highly seasoned beef, slow cooked with chili peppers. Records discovered by Everette DeGolyer (1886-1956), a Dallas millionaire and chili enthusiast, indicate that chili was first invented around 1850 by Texas cowboys. …read more of Super Healthy, Super Tasty, Super Bowl Chili here

 
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