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South-of-the-Border Goodness!

South-of-the-Border Goodness!
Cooking with Nopales For those uninitiated to the delights of nopales (or nopalitos as they are sometimes called), the taste of nopales has been described as a tart green bean or as a cross between asparagus and green beans. They can be eaten raw in salads or salsa, but are often steamed or pan "fried"...
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Part V: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?

Cobalamin (Vitamin B-12) Structure
Many of us worry about things that never crossed the minds of our great grandparents. Am I eating enough protein? Do I need more calcium to strengthen my bones? Will my iron stores get low? How can I ensure enough omega-3 in my diet? The modern supplement industry benefits from these fears of "nonexistent deficiencies."...
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What about getting enough fat. I had someone tell me that since I don't eat animal products and don't use oil that I don't get en... Read More
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Sean Carney
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Chris Dove
This is from Matt Lederman, MD: Will I get enough omega-3s?Some fats are necessary in our diet. Consuming oil, fish and processed ... Read More
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Part IV: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?

Omega-3 Fish Oil Supplements
It's amazing how much the media and popular culture affect our health concerns. Oil in our diet is one example. For decades no one gave a thought to their fat intake. That changed in the sixties when the American Heart Association came out with recommendations to switch from saturated fats like butter and lard to...
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Part III: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?

Part III: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?
Iron. Iron is a necessary mineral in our diet that can be found in both meat and plants; however not all iron is created equal. Iron comes in two forms: heme iron which comes from animal products and non-heme iron which comes from plant sources. Whole grains, legumes and dark green leafy vegetables provide the type of iron...
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Part II: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?

Part II: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?
Fear of weak bones is what drives concerns about calcium intake. But calcium alone doesn't build strong bones. Exercise, Vitamin D, and a variety of vitamins and minerals from whole plant foods all strengthen our skeletal system. As the muscles work during exercise, they pull on the bones, signaling our bodies to build up bone...
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Part I: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?

Part I: Do Plant-Based Diets Need Supplementing?
As a dietician, Jeff Novick, MS, RD, LD, LN advocates for a whole-foods plant-based diet in order to get sufficient protein. "Nature has made sure we are protected against a protein deficiency, as all whole, natural foods are abundant in protein. Whole grains, starchy vegetables, vegetables, and legumes are all excellent sources of high-quality protein." My...
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Want Glowing Skin? Eat lots of Fruits & Veggies!

Want Glowing Skin? Eat lots of Fruits & Veggies!
When someone truly feels great, they radiate well-being from their skin. It's called a "healthy glow," and we'd all like to have it. That's one reason why tanning became so popular; people are trying to achieve that "glow." I can tell you the secret of radiant skin, and you won't need extensive exposure to UV...
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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
Pink Lady. Braeburn. Ginger Gold. Fuji. Red Delicious. Gala. It's fall and farmer's markets abound with apples. Your refrigerator produce drawer should likewise be overflowing with these powerful packages of nature's nutrients!Science backs up the many health benefits of consuming apples. Apples reduce the risk of some cancers, particularly lung cancer. As if that isn't enough,...
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Be a Part of the Plant-Pure Nation Movement!

Be a Part of the Plant-Pure Nation Movement!
Have you ever wanted to shout, "What is the truth?!" as you sift through the conflicting health advice available on the internet and elsewhere? If so, then you'll want to watch PlantPure Nation. This documentary will not only show you the truth about how to achieve optimal health, but will help explain WHY it's so difficult...
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Are Allergies Linked to Nutritional Factors?

Woman With Allergies Sneezing
As someone who suffered from asthma and allergies since childhood, I'm very familiar with the tight breathing, the nasal congestion, and the throat irritation associated with those conditions. For most of my life, I'd eaten what I thought was a pretty "healthy" diet. I ate my fruits and veggies. (Well, okay... I ate fruit; I...
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What Percentage of Americans Eat Healthy?

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Antioxidants in Coffee vs. Vegetables

Antioxidants in Coffee vs. Vegetables
Over the years, many of my patients have been addicts. Of course, they don't think of themselves that way. The word "addict" is pretty loaded and usually suggests something illegal. But coffee addiction is perfectly legal, and in fact, many people think that their morning cup of joe is actually a health food! I can...
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