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Eat Beans to Live Longer

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
October 3, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

Beans, beans, they’re good for your heart; the more you eat, the…longer you live?

Legumes may be the most important predictor of survival in older people from around the globe. Researchers from different institutions looked at five different cohorts in Japan, Sweden, Greece, and Australia. Of all the food factors they looked at, only one was associated with a longer lifespan across the board: legume intake.

Whether it was the Japanese eating their soy, the Swedes eating their brown beans and peas, or those in the Mediterranean eating lentils, chickpeas, and white beans, legume intake was associated with an increased lifespan.

In fact, it was the only result that was plausible, consistent, and statistically significant from the data across all the populations combined. We’re talking an 8 percent reduction in risk of death for every 20-gram increase in daily legume intake. That’s just two tablespoons worth! …read more of Eat Beans to Live Longer here

 
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Vegan Teen Promotes Compassion

By Jaden Elkins
September 16, 2014
File under: Entertainment, Healthy Eating, Vegan

"Animals are our friends"

I have been vegetarian all my life and vegan for the last seven years. In fact, my entire family, my mom and dad and my two brothers and sister are all vegan, too.

I love animals and it makes me very sad when I think about what happens to them when they are used for food, so I do what I can to help make change happen more quickly.  I am @TheRealVeganKid on Twitter, where I post often and hope to inspire other kids.

Most people don’t know how many fish are killed to produce one six-ounce salmon fillet. …read more of Vegan Teen Promotes Compassion here

 
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British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
September 2, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Organic, Produce, Vegan


Savory Sweet Potato Bites ~Easy and Delicious

Consumers are becoming concerned about food, health and safety issues and the social and ecological implications of their purchases. There is a growing distrust of conventional agro-industrial foods and consumers perceive organic products to be a more sustainable system delivering better-tasting, healthier and safer food.

A ten-year study by scientists at U.C. Davis in California found that the level of quercitin, the most common flavonoid in the human diet and the major flavonoid in tomatoes, increased 79 percent as a result of organic management. Also remarkable, the level of kaempferol, a natural antioxidant thought to prevent arteriosclerosis.

According to a report by The Organic Center in Boulder, Colorado, eating organic fruits and vegetables will increase the body’s antioxidant intake by about 30 percent, as compared to conventionally grown produce[1] …read more of British Journal Study Confirms Organic Produce Significantly Higher in Antioxidants here

 
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Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 25, 2014
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Multiple Sclerosis, Vegan

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, degenerative autoimmune disease of the central nervous system in which the body attacks its own nerves. MS often strikes in the prime of life and can cause cognitive impairment and painful loss of vision, as well as tremors, weakness, loss of bladder control, muscle pain, and fatigue.

The most frequently prescribed drug for multiple sclerosis is interferon beta, which can make one feel lousy and cost $30,000 a year, which might be OK if it actually worked. We have recently learned that interferon therapy doesn’t seem to prevent or delay long-term disability. That leaves chemo drugs like mitoxantrone, which causes irreversible heart damage in one out of every eight patients and causes cancer (leukemia) in nearly 1 percent of those who take it. But MS is no walk in the park either.

Dr. Roy Swank was a distinguished neurologist who authored over 170 scientific papers died recently at the age of 99.  Dr. Swank, who was interviewed by Dr. John McDougall when he was 84, believed that MS is related to diet. He said, “it seemed possible to me that this could be a matter of food, because the further north you go the less vegetarian a life is led and the more people are carnivores, you might say – they spend a lot more time eating meat.” …read more of Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat here

 
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Farmers Market – Bountiful Local Harvest

By Marilyn Peterson
July 8, 2014
File under: Food Supply, Healthy Eating, Local Farmers, Produce

There are lots of reasons to look forward to summer, but none more satisfying than the bounty of lush seasonal produce; and nowhere is the colorful display of delectable fruits and vegetables more fresh or bountiful than at Farmer’s Markets.

Farmers markets are one of the oldest forms of direct marketing by small farmers and a weekly ritual for many shoppers. It’s easy to compare both price and quality, because the stalls are set up close to each other.

Farmers are generally quite happy to talk to shoppers about their organic growing methods and it has never been more important to read the signs to verify that the produce is in fact, free of genetically modified organisms. (GMOs) …read more of Farmers Market – Bountiful Local Harvest here

 
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