Monthly Archives: January 2008

Winter Squash Varieties and Recipes

There has been a proliferation of winter squash varieties over the last few years. Before that, butternut, acorn, and the occasional sugar pumpkin were the extent of the choices. Now, you are likely to encounter golden acorn (a sweeter, smoother cousin of the green variety), banana squash, delicata, turban, and hubbard. Here are some tips and […]

Vegan Foods to Help Defeat Diabetes

The food you eat plays a crucial role in your health. Certain foods can even help in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. In diabetes, the cells of the body cannot get the sugar they need. Glucose, a simple sugar, is the body’s main fuel. It is present in the blood even if you don’t […]

A Nutrition Glossary for the Vegan Diet

Whether you’re going full-on plant-based or dabbling, it’s helpful to have a basic nutrition glossary for the vegan diet. Here are some terms as as they apply to your healthier approach to food: AMINO ACIDS: An amino acid is a building block of protein. There are some twenty amino acids required to make a complete protein. The […]

Essential Fatty Acids for the Vegan Diet

Essential fatty acids are one component of a healthy, well balanced diet. Healthy fats seem to be getting more press lately, especially in the vegan/vegetarian world, as many people find that they don’t feel their best eating a low fat, high carbohydrate diet. This may be because many people, even vegetarians and vegans, are healthy-fat […]

How to Choose Healthy Fats

When you go in the grocery store, you can’t escape the low-fat and fat-free messages on food packages. The messages are only right in part; too much of the wrong kind of fat is dangerous to your health. A cinnamon bun sporting fifty-seven grams of fat, for instance, is obviously not a wise choice. But […]

Fiber in Plant-Based Diets

We hear more and more about incorporating fiber in our diets. It’s not difficult to get plenty of fiber in a whole-foods plant-based diet (AKA vegan). But what exactly is fiber? Fiber is roughage that is too complex for the body to break down. It is found in plant foods and can’t be digested, which […]

Transitioning to Vegan: Tips for Healthy Eating

You’ve decided to go vegan — now what? Like millions of others, you’ve taken a huge step in an effort to improve your health, minimize animal cruelty, minimizing environmental damage, curbing greenhouse gases — and possibly all of the above. Transitioning to vegan and maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge. But if you’re determined to […]

How To Get Enough Iron In a Vegan Diet

Getting enough iron in a vegan diet — AKA plant-based — shouldn’t be difficult if you know what foods are rich in this essential nutrient. A vegan diet relies mainly on the consumption of breads, cereals, grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds to obtain adequate nutrition — including iron. Iron is an essential mineral and […]

Plant-Based Calcium Sources and Absorption

What are some plant-based calcium sources — foods that are rich in this valuable nutrient and how optimal is their absorption by the body? For a vegan diet, you can find plenty of calcium in leafy green vegetables, and 40 to 60 percent is absorbable by our body. It was once believed that the oxalates in […]

Vegan Protein Sources for Plant-Based Diets

If you’re cutting back on or eliminating meat and dairy products, you’ll want to learn about vegan protein sources for plant-based diets. Many nutritionists recommend that at least two-thirds of dietary protein be derived from plant-based foods. The benefits of plant-based diets are numerous, and you can read all about them in Great Reasons to Go Vegan. Whole grains, legumes, soy products […]

Superfoods for Vegetarian Pregnancy and Lactation

Knowing about the best foods for pregnancy and lactation is something expectant and new mothers want to be aware of. What you eat makes a big difference in how you feel physically and emotionally while pregnant or breastfeeding. Your diet also directly affects the health of your baby. Vegetarian and vegan women are usually extra careful to […]

The Vegetarian and Vegan Diet for Children

Getting kids to eat well is always a challenge, and that concern is ramped up when it comes to vegetarian and vegan diets for children. A healthy diet right from the start will have a positive impact on them in the future, affecting health, weight, and avoiding excessive trips to the doctor. With the mixed messages […]

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