Vegetarian Diets for Longevity

Everyone wants to live forever and vegetarians as a whole live longer than the average American. Follow Registered Dietitians as they report on current trends and new research in how to stay healthy on a variety of meatless diets.

Does eating a vegetarian diet help you live longer?

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Research reveals that when a person chooses to follow a vegetarian diet they may find it reduces the risks of many chronic diseases. Does that mean you can reverse Type 2 Diabetes? Heart disease? High Blood Pressure? Continue reading

Step-by-Step Tips on Becoming Vegan

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A recent Harris Poll found that 47% of Americans eat at least one vegetarian meal a week. Are you one of this growing number of people interested in eating more plant based meals? Continue reading

What Plant Foods Provide Iron?

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Are you finding enough iron in your vegetarian diet? Do you know what foods help your body absorb the iron you eat? Should you take an iron supplement? Iron deficiency anemia is a worldwide problem and often vegetarian and vegan … Continue reading

What is zinc? Why do I need zinc?

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Zinc is widely available from many types of foods, so deficiency is rare in North Americans including vegetarians. The problem arises from phytate, a compound found in grains, nuts, and legumes that reduce our body’s ability to absorb zinc from these foods. Continue reading

Are soy foods safe to eat?

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Discover how to include tofu, soy milk, edamame, veggie burgers and tempeh into a healthy diet. Continue reading

Can a vegetarian get enough protein?

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Vegetarian and vegan diets provide adequate protein when menu planning focuses on how much your body needs and which plant foods provide this essential nutrient. Protein is made of amino acids which are the building blocks for our muscles and many other structures in the body. So it is important to consume a wide variety of protein-rich plant foods in meals and snacks throughout the day. Continue reading

Vegan/Vegetarian and diagnosed with Celiac Disease (CeD)*?

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Eating a plant-based diet with CeD means your body has zero tolerance for gluten which is found in plant foods that are also rich in protein. Wheat, rye, and barley are common in vegan and vegetarian diets but for optimal health a person with CeD must avoid them. Continue reading

Sprouts: Super, Simple, Nutritious and Healthy

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What will grow fast and easy in any climate? What requires no soil or sunshine to grow? What provides an easy to prepare food that offers numerous nutrients and health benefits? Sprouts! Continue reading

Finding Fiber in Whole Foods

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Perhaps you’ve noticed the current focus on fiber in foods; occurring naturally or being added. It seems we should all agree that fiber is a good thing, right? Continue reading

Give Me the Flax

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Many of us hear about the health benefits of adding flax to our diets, but how do can that be accomplished. Of course it depends on your lifestyle, but since mine is pretty crazy I’ll give you some suggestions: First, … Continue reading

Beans by any other name are cancer fighters

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Eating beans everyday can reduce your risk for breast cancer. Learn how this small addition to your daily diet can keep you healthy. Continue reading

Nightshade’s Sweet Treat

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As daylight changes, subtly signaling the approach of fall, we can comfort ourselves against the loss of summer with anticipation of autumn harvest. This is the time of year when a magical little golden fruit within a paper lantern package begins to appear in farmers’ markets. Continue reading

Early Summer; Garlic Scapes

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One of the delights of visiting your local farmers market is to observe the march of produce across the months, throughout the year. Each season provides an opportunity to discover extraordinary varieties of ordinary fare. Garlic scapes, with their wildly twisted shapes are a perfect, early summer example of this. Continue reading