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The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
February 16, 2014
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Recipes, Vegan

 

Pasta has been unjustly criticized in recent years as a leading culprit in the rise of obesity. It has been attacked as a (gasp!) carbohydrate, a food group to be avoided by ill-advised proponents of the Atkins style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. In Italy, where pasta is eaten at least once a day, people enjoy one of the lowest rates of obesity in the world, 8.5 percent as compared to 30.6 percent in the US.

The fact is pasta is a healthy carbohydrate and a central component of the Mediterranean diet, widely considered to be one of the best lifestyles for maintaining a healthy weight.

Unlike wheat used to make bread, pasta is made from durum, a hybrid of wild grasses and an entirely different species with different a type of gluten.  Like kamut, durum is much older than modern bread wheat, which has been domesticated to a far greater degree. …read more of The Dish on Pasta – Healthy Carbs that Fill You Up Without Weighing You Down here

 
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Easy, Satisfying and Delicious, Lentil Soup is a Nutrition Powerhouse

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
November 6, 2012
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Recipes, Vegan

 

As temperatures descend into winter, a warm pot of soup cooking on the stove is a warm and wonderful welcome home.

Inexpensive, tasty and plentiful, this ancient protein is believed to have originated in Asia. Thought to be one of the first agricultural crops, archeologists have found evidence that lentils were eaten as much as 13,000 years ago.[1]

Lentils are rich in protein and fiber, much of which is heart-healthy soluble fiber, very low in fat and packed with iron, folate, phosphorus and potassium. All of which makes lentils a healthful alternative for meat-eaters.

Lentils are wonderful in stews, salads and homemade veggie burgers.  There are many varieties of lentils with differing characteristics, the most common being brown, green and red. …read more of Easy, Satisfying and Delicious, Lentil Soup is a Nutrition Powerhouse here

 
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Beans and Gas: Clearing the Air

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
December 12, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

More than a decade ago, the Quarterly Journal of Medicine published a review entitled: “Vegetarian Diet: Panacea for modern lifestyle disease?

The answer in the affirmative, noted those eating vegetarian have less obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancers, kidney disease, maybe less stroke, less age-related vision loss, less diverticulosis, fewer gallstone and of course, less constipation.

After going through the laundry list of benefits, the researchers did identify two drawbacks of a plant-based diet:

1) Risk of vitamin B12 deficiency, which I’ve covered previously

2) Increased intestinal gas production. So on one hand, we have half of the top 10 causes of death in the United States, and on the other, flatulence. …read more of Beans and Gas: Clearing the Air here

 
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Edamame: Planet Friendly Protein, Tasty and Nutritious!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 8, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

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Edamame (eh-dah-mah-may) is a tasty snack food from Asia that has become a popular appetizer at Japanese restaurants here in the west. Often called green vegetable soybeans, they are a special variety harvested when still immature and green.

Served in the pod at restaurants, frozen shelled edamame are now widely available at supermarkets and Trader Joe’s, as well as in health food stores. Possibly be the worlds oldest snack food, going back well over a thousand years, edamame could very well be the healthiest, too.

Edamame has a lot going for it. Great taste, ease of preparation and excellent nutrition make it a delightful snack, not only in restaurants but in kitchens across America. Try adding shelled edamame to your favorite stir-fry, pasta dish, soup or stew in place of any other bean. …read more of Edamame: Planet Friendly Protein, Tasty and Nutritious! here

 
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Sensational Split Pea Soup with Yams

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 30, 2011
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

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Photo: Joseph A. Garcia

There is something especially satisfying about a big pot of split pea soup warming on the stove as it fills the kitchen with delicious aromas. Hearty soups are a mainstay of comfort food cookery with their “stick to the ribs” density, warmth and homey goodness.

Spit Pea Soup is typically made from dried peas, which are actually legumes cultivated in ancient Rome and Greece as long ago as 500 BCE. In that era, street vendors were selling hot pea soup on the streets of Athens.1

Pea soup is filling and inexpensive and recipes for this homey dish can be found in cuisines around the world. In the U.S., pea soup is most popular in the Northeast, particularly in New England, where the winters are cold, grey and long. …read more of Sensational Split Pea Soup with Yams here

 
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