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Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is…

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
June 21, 2017
File under: Diet, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get more fiber, magnesium, and vitamins like A, C, and E, but they also get more iron.

The iron found predominantly in plants is non-heme iron, which isn’t absorbed as well as the heme iron found in blood and muscle, but this may be a good thing. As seen in my video, The Safety of Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron, avoidance of heme iron may be one of the key elements of plant-based protection against metabolic syndrome, and may also be beneficial in lowering the risk from other chronic diseases such as heart disease. …read more of Plant versus Animal Iron… and the winner is… here

 
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Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
June 3, 2017
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Spices, Superfoods, Vegan

 

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Tomatoes

Braised Tempeh, Kale, Garbanzo Beans and Stewed Tomatoes is a delightful dish that contains a high level of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals with a riot of health-supporting phytonutrients.

The combination of hearty legumes, leafy greens, tomatoes and pungent spices make this a tasty and health-supporting meal.

Naturally low in fat and essentially free of saturated fat, legumes are a great source of nutrition. Legumes contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins and many important minerals including iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous. …read more of Plant Based Superstars Join Forces in a Delicious Braised Tempeh Dish here

 
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Okara Burgers, Nutritious, Economical and Oh-So-Easy!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 21, 2017
File under: Gluten-free, Healthy Eating, Legumes, Vegan

 

Think it is a chore to make fresh delicious soymilk every week? Not at all! With premium Laura Soybeans® and my SoyaJoy Soymilk Maker delicious, pearly white soymilk is quick, easy and incredibly inexpensive!

Non-GMO Laura Soybeans are the key in making tasty, non-beany soymilk and the SoyaJoy G4 is the automatic soymilk maker that makes almost 2 liters of delicious soymilk in about 20 minutes.

If you don’t make your own soymilk, you should definitely consider this easy and economical way to make the best tasting plant milks.  Check it out! Make Fresh Delicious Soymilk for Pennies in Just 20 Minutes!

Okara is a byproduct of making soymilk and if you make your own soy milk as I do twice a week you have copious amounts of the stuff in your freezer. …read more of Okara Burgers, Nutritious, Economical and Oh-So-Easy! here

 
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VegTV’s Plant-Based Product All-Stars!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 11, 2017
File under: Healthy Eating, Natural Alternatives, Natural Products, Natural Remedies, Vegan

Trade shows are essential for spotting trends in food, beverage, supplement and personal care products and VegTV covers trade shows several times a year.

We scour the exhibitors and their product lines, looking the latest and greatest vegan products about to enter the market!

The 37th annual Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest natural products event and hosted more than 80,000 setting records yet again!

This show is massive! The entire Anaheim Convention Center is filled wall to wall with exhibits that overflow into Anaheim Hilton and, for the first time this year into the Anaheim Marriott Hotel as well. …read more of VegTV’s Plant-Based Product All-Stars! here

 
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The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
May 2, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Spring Asparagus and Pasta in Curry Cream Sauce

Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press! Carbs have been unjustly labeled a food group to avoid by proponents of the ill-advised Atkins/Paleo style diet.

Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. Carbohydrates provide energy; they fuel our workouts and provide energy throughout the day. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.

The difference lies in the fact that commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc. These are some of the foods that are classified as  ‘simple carbohydrates’

Fiber slows digestion and simple carbohydrates are digested very quickly, spiking blood sugar and causing a rush of energy, invariably followed soon after by a crash.

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates release energy slowly and are found in vegetables, nuts, legumes and grains, such as oatmeal and pasta. Unlike simple carbs, these foods are also high in vitamins and minerals. …read more of The Dish on Pasta ~ A Slimmer, Healthier You! here

 
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