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Kale, Leafy Green Superfood!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 10, 2017
File under: Greens, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

Kale, White Bean and Potato Soup

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and part of the cabbage family.

This dark leafy green vegetable is rich in carotenoids and flavonoids, antioxidants shown to reduce the risk of certain types of cancer. Consuming kale provides an abundance of nutrients that support healthy bones, skin, hair and healthy digestion and can also reduce the risk of heart disease. …read more of Kale, Leafy Green Superfood! here

 
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Celebrating a Vegan Passover

By Marilyn Peterson
April 6, 2017
File under: Entertaining, Green Holiday, Healthy Eating, Raw Foods, Recipes, Vegan

The eight-day festival of Passover celebrates the emancipation of the Jewish people from slavery. The Passover Seder is a ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday in early spring and includes six foods displayed on the ceremonial Seder plate that symbolize the Hebrew struggle and escape from Egypt.

Except for the honey, which is easily replaced with agave nectar, four of these foods are vegan. For the vegan, a roasted beet is used to signify the blood of lamb sacrifice at the Temple.

Vegans can choose to contemplate compassion for the unnecessary sacrifice of animals and substitute the roasted beet, reminiscent of blood.  For the hard-boiled egg, a symbol of new beginnings after the destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem, the vegan can use roasted turnips or parsnips. Bitter herbs, such as horseradish and salted water for dipping parsley, celery leaves or boiled potato are also part of the Seder plate.

Religious Jews do not mix or eat meat and dairy at a same meal.  Of course this is not an issue for the Jewish vegan since they don’t eat meat or dairy at any meal. …read more of Celebrating a Vegan Passover here

 
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How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
April 5, 2017
File under: Dairy Free, Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan, Weight Control

 

We’ve known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula.

Giving infants formula based on cow’s milk presents an unusual situation. Cow’s milk is designed to put nearly two pounds a day onto a growing calf, 40 times the growth rate of human infants (see Formula for Childhood Obesity.)

The perfect food for humans, finely tuned over millions of years, is human breast milk. Remarkably, among all mammalian species, the protein content of human milk is the lowest. The excessive protein content of cow’s milk-based formula is thought to be what sets the child up for obesity later in life.

And then, instead of being weaned, we continue to drink milk. The question thus arises, as to whether consumption of a growth-promoting substance from another species throughout childhood fundamentally alters processes of human growth and maturation. …read more of How Milk May Contribute to Childhood Obesity here

 
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Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
April 1, 2017
File under: Healthy Eating, Legumes, Recipes, Superfoods, Vegan

Spiced Tempeh with Confetti Vegetables

 

Superfoods, by definition are nutrient-dense and considered especially beneficial for health and wellbeing. A food that is rich in compounds, such as antioxidants, fiber or phytonutrients that can reduce cholesterol and blood pressure and may help prevent cancer and other diseases is regarded as a superfood.

The mighty soybean delivers on all of the criteria necessary to be regarded as a superfood! Loaded with complete protein, antioxidants  and phytochemicals. Soybeans contain plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber… all of which have been credited with numerous health benefits.

For decades, scientists have produced numerous studies that demonstrate that soybeans are the source of complete protein, complex carbohydrates, soluble and insoluble fiber and unique phytochemicals credited with the prevention of many chronic diseases. …read more of Soy Tempeh, Super Tasty Superfood! here

 
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Eating These Super-Veggies Can Reduce Cancer Risk Dramatically!

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
March 13, 2017
File under: Diet, Healthy Eating, Recipes, Vegan

A plant-based or vegan diet is one that avoids all animal products.  Optimally healthful and really delicious, a balanced diet of vegetables, legumes, grains and fruit has been shown to reduce the risk of many types of cancer, heart disease, obesity and related conditions, such as hypertension and diabetes.

The vegetable kingdom is a rich source of antioxidants that have tremendous health benefits and cruciferous vegetables are highly prized for powerful anti-carcinogens, such as indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane.

A number of substances found in cruciferous vegetables have been linked to reduce the risk of various types of cancer. According to the American Institute for Cancer Research some components in these super-veggies have been shown to halt the growth of cancer cells in tumors of the breast, uterine lining (endometrium), lung, colon, liver and cervix.[1] [2] …read more of Eating These Super-Veggies Can Reduce Cancer Risk Dramatically! here

 
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