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Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies?

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 26, 2017
File under: Healthy Eating, Vegan, Whole Grains

Fruits and vegetables are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, and dark green leafy vegetables lead the pack. Each of the top five so-called powerhouse fruits and vegetables are greens. If we blend them up in a smoothie, soup or sauce we’re taking food with the most nutrition and breaking cells and dumping that nutrition into the bloodstream.

Chewing is good, but blending is better in terms of digestive efficiency and nutrient absorption.

But, if we take in all that nutrition and it doesn’t all make it down to our colon, might we be starving our microbial selves? Why are intact grains, beans and nuts better than bread, hummus and nut butters?

No matter how well we chew, intact food particles make it down to the colon where they offer a smorgasbord for good bacteria. If grains, beans and nuts are finely ground into flour or paste, we may be leaving our gut flora high and dry. Would the same be true for fruits and vegetables? …read more of Are Intact Whole Grains Better? What About Fruits and Veggies? here

 
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Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
October 23, 2016
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Superfoods, Vegan, Whole Grains

I like to usher in baking season with my very favorite brownie recipe.  A tribute to American’s favorite treat, these pumpkin brownies are moist, delicious and rich in healthful antioxidants.

Probably created at the beginning of the twentieth century in New England, brownie recipes traditionally call for lots of fat… as much as a full stick of butter (eight ounces) and squares of unsweetened baking chocolate, which is very high in saturated fat.

As a health conscious vegan, excess dietary fat is an issue of some concern, as most vegan desserts seem to contain high levels of fat.  In my kitchen, this is just not necessary!  …read more of Pumpkin Walnut Brownies, Nutritious, Delicious and Vegan! here

 
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Kamut Khorason Wheat, Highly Nutritious and Easier to Digest

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 25, 2016
File under: Dessert, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Snacks, Vegan, Whole Grains

Khorasan wheat, sometimes called Oriental wheat is an ancient grain and the term Khorasan refers to a region in the northeast of modern-day Iran, ancient Mesopotamia. This actual grain is twice the size of today’s wheat and is known for its rich, nutty flavor[1]

Kamut® has been a registered trademark by Kamut International since 1990, after Bob Quinn, a fourth generation Montana farmer with a PhD in biochemistry spent 10 years cultivating a specific variety of Khorasan wheat. In ancient Egypt, ‘Kamut’ meant ‘wheat, grain and wheaten bread.’ The reason word Kamut could be registered as a trademark was because it belongs to a dead language. …read more of Kamut Khorason Wheat, Highly Nutritious and Easier to Digest here

 
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Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
November 26, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetarian, Whole Grains

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.

They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?

Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”[1]

There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. …read more of Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death here

 
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Ginger Fruit Ring: Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 7, 2011
File under: Dairy Free, Dessert, Recipes, Vegan, Whole Grains

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Maintaining a healthy weight is certainly an important component of good health and being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other debilitating diseases.

Any dieter will tell you that there are some foods that are easier to give up than others and that avoiding the foods we love best is the hardest thing to do.

Desserts, in all their luscious sweet and crunchy glory are often at the top of the list. Traditional desserts are loaded with calories and fat, much of it heavily saturated.

The good news is that you can have your cake and eat it, too! …read more of Ginger Fruit Ring: Luscious, Low Fat and Vegan! here

 
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