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5 Pasta Myths Debunked 

Cauliflower & Spinach Pasta twists

At VegKitchen, we sure do love our pasta and noodles! After a brief demotion in the food world due to concerns about wheat in general and gluten specifically, pastas and noodles have made a roaring comeback. That said, if you do avoid gluten by necessity or choice, GF pastas have become much better over the past few years. And several Asian noodles — bean threads, rice vermicelli, and soba (buckwheat noodles) are naturally gluten-free. To celebrate World Pasta Day, October 25, the International Pasta Organisation and Oldways Preservation Trust would like to debunk the following five pasta myths: more→

Top Health Benefits of Quinoa

This article is courtesy of The Whole Grains Council and Oldways.

Quinoa Offers Antioxidants for Gluten-Free Diets
Researchers suggest that adding quinoa or buckwheat to gluten-free products significantly increases their polyphenol content, as compared to typical gluten-free products made with rice, corn, and potato flour. Products made with quinoa or buckwheat contained more antioxidants compared with both wheat products and the control gluten-free products. Also of note: antioxidant activity increased with sprouting, and decreased with breadmaking. (Food Chemistry, March 2010; 119 (2): 770-778.)

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Oldways Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Pyramid

Vegetables in a basket

Plant-based eating is picking up steam, whether people pack their plates with vegetables once a day, once a week, or all their lives.  As more people discover this traditional healthy way of eating, Oldways has created easy-to-use resources including a newly updated Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Pyramid, daily serving suggestions, practical cooking and lifestyle tips, recipes and other tools to help answer questions and provide people of all ages with a well-balanced way to put more plants on their plates. more→

Asian Peanut Stir-Fry with Black Rice

Black rice and vegetable stir-fry2

Brown rice is fine for a quick dinner, but the lovely color of black rice will make this dish extra special. Tempeh or baked tofu and peanuts add plenty of protein, and using a frozen Asian vegetable blend makes this super-quick as a weeknight meal. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014. Photos by Evan Atlas.

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Black-Eyed Peas with Rice and Plantains

Black-Eyed Peas

This deliciously different dish of black-eyed peas and brown rice features plantains, which look like bananas and taste a bit starchier and less sweet. They’re very easy to cook. Boil them for about 5 minutes, or until the seams split open, peel, and cut into chunks. Recipe from The Oldways 4-Week Vegetarian & Vegan Diet Menu Plan, © 2014. more→

Sensible Wine Drinking

White grapes in a vineyard

While wine has always been considered by physicians to be the “healthiest of beverages,” it was not until the 1970’s when epidemiologists began to report than moderate drinkers had much lower risk of coronary heart disease than did abstainers.

The number of publications on moderate drinking increased markedly after the 60 Minutes program on the “French Paradox” in 1991; after this program, scientists apparently believed that it was “politically correct” to report data demonstrating beneficial health effects of alcohol, and not just focus on adverse effects of abuse. The results have been amazingly similar; almost uniformly, they have demonstrated that moderate drinkers have less coronary heart disease. – Curtis Ellison, MD, from The Oldways Table

Oldways has always included alcoholic beverages – in moderation – as part of a healthy diet. We were the first to put alcohol on an eating pyramid: the 1993 Mediterranean Diet Conference introduced the preliminary Mediterranean Diet Pyramid, with moderate wine drinking and exercise depicted next to the pyramid. We cemented this in stone with the official Mediterranean Diet Pyramid in 1994 (with the imprimatur of the Harvard School of Public Health and the World Health Organization). The Asian, Latin American, and Vegetarian pyramids followed in 1995, 1996, and 1997, respectively, all with wine and/or alcohol alongside the pyramid.

In all of this, the words moderation and moderate are integral to even thinking about wine drinking as part of a healthy diet. To make this point clear, and to provide further education materials, we developed the “Sensible Wine Drinking Guidelines” (see below for details). Working with nutrition and social scientists, the guidelines were introduced in 1996. With more than a decade to look back, we believe they are even more relevant in today’s not-so-moderate world. -K. Dun Gifford and Sara Baer-Sinnott in The Oldways Table

In February 2010 we traveled to Grinzane Cavour, Italy, in the Piedmonte Region, to participate in an international conference, The Truth About Wine. The purpose of the conference was to survey the current scientific evidence on the health benefits and pleasures of moderate wine drinking, and to craft a Consensus Statement on “The Truth About Wine” based on that evidence. Click hereto see La Carta di Grinzane Cavour — the Consensus Statement of the Working Group, “The Truth About Wine.”

Wine glass and bottleKEY CHARACTERISTICS OF A SENSIBLE WINE DRINKING MESSAGE

Appreciation of wine’s role in traditional rituals, celebratory festivities, and as an accompaniment to meals.
Acknowledgment of current scientific evidence association moderate wine consumption with everyday living.
Agreement on society’s responsibility to teach all people, especially young people about sensible drinking.
Acceptance of responsible wine consumption, along with a disapproval of excessive consumption.
Awareness of minimal alcohol abuse programs in regions of the world where wine is an integral part of health and lifestyle benefits.

10 GUIDELINES FOR SENSIBLE WINE DRINKING

  • Wine should be consumed by healthy adults only in moderation.*
  • Wine should be consumed as part of a social, family, celebratory or other…occasions, but no as their central focus.
  • Wine should be consumed with food or around mealtimes.
  • Wine drinkers should know the distinction between moderate use and abuse.
  • Parents who drink should drink sensibly, presenting themselves as models of moderation.
  • Moderate, non-disruptive drinking is socially acceptable, while excessive drinking and any resulting behavior that violates legal or social standards is unacceptable.
  • Wine drinking should follow clear, consistent and sensible customs that emphasize moderation and discourage binge drinking.
  • The choice of abstinence for any religious or health reasons must be respected.
  • Drinking must be avoided in situations where it puts the individual or others at risk.**
  • Wine should be consumed slowly to enhance the taste of food and to add to the enjoyment of everyday living.

* Moderate drinking is defined by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines as two 5-ounce glasses of wine a day for men and one glass for women.


**Drinking is not recommended for people who are at risk for alcohol abuse, for people who take certain medications, for pregnant women, or for people where consumption of wine may put themselves or others at risk.

Reprinted by permission of the Oldways Preservation Trust.

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