People choose what they eat based on their belief system, which can include health, environmental, cultural or religious ideals; decisions that carry over to what they feed their family and their pets. In addition to health, ecological and religious concerns, vegetarians and particularly vegans are repulsed by meat consumption and driven by compassion for animals, non-violence and economics. Oftentimes the more distance we place between ourselves and anything the more objective we become. People sometimes choose a vegetarian lifestyle for one reason, health, religion, or animal rights and later connect with other reasons for doing so along the way. A 2006 report from the National Research Council stated that a vegetarian diet as long as it contains sufficient protein and is supplemented with Vitamin D is healthy for dogs. Commercial dry food products provide the high levels of protein,
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.”
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. Continue reading “Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death”
Resveratrol is compound that occurs naturally in plants and has been touted as the fountain of youth in a glass of red wine. Resveratrol is a polyphenol and potent antioxidant that may have many health and longevity benefits.
Polyphenols are plant compounds thought to protect health and counter the effects of aging. Resveratrol acts like an antibiotic by protecting the plant from bacteria and fungus. Certain types of plants produce resveratrol in response to stress, injury, fungal infection and ultraviolet radiation (UV).
Resveratrol has attracted media attention because of its potential anti-cancer and anti-aging benefits. This antibiotic compound is plentiful in the skin, pulp and seeds of red wine, purple grape juice, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries,1 peanuts,2 and Japanese Knotwood.3
The plant-based lifestyle is proactive environmentalism at its best, and is as good for you as it is for the planet. Legumes, which include beans, lentils, peas, soybeans and peanuts, are one of the best sources of soluble fiber and a staple food in just about every country on earth.
Legumes are also very low in fat and high in quality protein. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 3 cups of legumes per week. That would be 6 servings, as a half cup of cooked beans, peas, lentils, or tofu is considered a serving.1
Replacing fatty animal products with legumes is likely to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and type2 diabetes.2 Legumes have a low glycemic index value (the measure of the potential for foods to raise blood glucose levels) and are a great choice for diabetic individuals.3 Continue reading “Tuscan White Bean Soup ~ Healthy Recipe for People and the Planet”
Winter squash is actually grown from late summer through December and has a satisfying flavor, luscious texture and extensive shelf life. For locavores, who support sustainable agriculture by eating seasonal foods grown within a 100-mile radius, this versatile vegetable has a lot to offer.
Acorn squash is prized for its sweet golden flesh and unique ribbed shell, which makes attractive scalloped bowls when halved and a handy case for savory stuffing.
Acorn squash is a very good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, as well as manganese, thiamin and potassium. One cup of cooked acorn squash has 115 calories 9 grams of fiber and 895 mg of potassium.
Potassium is an essential mineral that is integral to the functioning of all living cells. Continue reading “Acorn Squash: A Rock Star Among Superfoods!”
What’s the most popular vegetable in America? If you guessed potato, you are right! Plant foods, the exclusive source of dietary fiber, also provide us with precious vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And since potatoes are grown throughout the year, they’re also a fresh, seasonal and sustainable option for your winter meals. Unfortunately, potatoes have often been denounced as fattening and the anti-carb craze of recent years has only added to that undeserved perception.
Weight control is rapidly becoming the major health issue of the 21st Century. More than a third of adults in the US are overweight and obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. We know that potatoes are great tasting, inexpensive and nutritious, but how does this versatile vegetable become part of the solution?
Medical and nutrition experts have long advocated the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Potatoes are root vegetables and complex carbohydrates high in water-absorbing fiber. Therefore eating potatoes makes you feel more satisfied and less hungry and can actually help you to lose weight. Continue reading “Want to Lose Weight? Eat Potatoes”
Obesity is a health problem of epidemic proportions and the high fat cholesterol laden Western diet has increasingly come under fire in recent years. Home cooks are choosing vegetarian alternatives more often than ever before and the market for soymilk, burgers, breakfast sausages, snack bars and even tofu has exploded.1
Soy protein is a complete high quality protein, comparable to meat, milk and eggs, but without the unhealthy baggage.2 It is very good news that consumers have been buying vegetarian products in record numbers because of the health benefits and environmental concerns. Continue reading “Soy: The Complete Protein!”
Soyfoods are hot – or not – depending on whom you believe. Soy, superstar of healthy alternatives, has been under attack. The Internet is a great resource for news and information about health and science and 87 percent of online users have researched a scientific topic at one time or another.¹ The Internet is also where sensationalistic claims based on half-truths and junk science, are legion.
There’s no denying that the mighty soybean is a nutrition powerhouse, containing high quality protein, complex carbohydrates and a virtual pharmacopeia of phytochemicals credited with the prevention of coronary heart disease, hypertension and many forms of cancer.²
Soyfoods’ appeal was once limited to the counter-culture. In recent years, interest in the health benefits of soy intensified in the research community and the popularity of soyfoods skyrocketed. Continue reading “The Skinny on Soy”