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So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan…

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 18, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan

The protein myth is a public relations gimmick perpetrated by the Dairy Council and various Meat and Beef Council organizations, which are actually PR machines for the animal agriculture industry and not government agencies. They are also the source of the incorrect assumption that vegan diets are somehow lacking, and if you don’t drink milk[1] you will weaken your bones[2].

Consumers tend to rely on the last segment they saw on Cable News or the Today show for nutrition information. Viewers, generally overwhelmed with maintaining their day-to-day modern lifestyle are inundated with contradictory information pumped through the media.

Consequently, when a child or teen declares that they will not eat animal products, parents resort to much wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth.

A balanced plant based diet with sufficient calories is more than adequate to maintain optimal health[3]. Americans consume two to three times the amount of protein necessary, which has a negative impact on their health. …read more of So Your Child Wants to Go Vegan… here

 
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Eat Soynuts To Reverse The Metabolic Syndrome

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 13, 2014
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Diabetes, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Metabolic (met-ah-BOL-ik) syndrome refers to a group of risk factors that raises the risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The metabolic syndrome is a condition characterized by obesity, high triglyceride levels, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol level and high fasting blood sugar.

The risk for cardiovascular heart disease (CVD), diabetes and stroke will increase with the number of metabolic risk factors a person may have. It is generally accepted that a person with metabolic syndrome is twice as likely to develop CVD and five times as likely to develop diabetes as someone who does not have the metabolic syndrome.

The metabolic syndrome is well-recognized precursor to diabetes and a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition[1] was conducted with postmenopausal women with metabolic syndrome broken into three groups. …read more of Eat Soynuts To Reverse The Metabolic Syndrome here

 
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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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