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Will my children get enough calcium on a Starch-Smart® diet?

A Starch-Smart® diet supplies adequate levels of calcium for growing children and can be started as soon as solid food is introduced. A well planned, Starch-Smart® diet provides optimal nutrition and powerful protection against childhood illness and chronic disease later in adulthood.  When consuming a diet rich in whole foods, beans, nuts, seeds, legumes, intact...

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What are the advantages for children eating a Starch-Smart® diet?

Adopting a Starch‐Smart diet for our family can be one of the best decisions that we can make for our childrens' health and wellbeing. Taking time to educate ourselves, plan, and provide nutritious foods can provide long-term future health benefits for our children, as well as possibly increasing their IQ's. Fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, legumes...

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Don't men have to eat meat to maintain strength and masculinity?

For most men, consuming meat (protein) is associated with "muscle, vitality, strength, power, energy, vigor, aggressiveness, and liveliness." This image comes from clever marketing tactics, promoting the sale of meat as superior protein that sustains masculinity. The truth is, a Starch-Smart® diet provides sufficient nutrients for men of all ages to thrive and build muscle....

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Do I need to supplement vitamin B12?

It is recommended that most adults take a 500 mcg sublingual daily, or take 1,000 mcg swallowed, to ensure that they don't develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. Nutritional yeast and enriched non-dairy milks do have B12, but the amount may not be sufficient for those with absorption issues, or for those over age 50, or...

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Can a Starch-Smart® Diet help those with multiple sclerosis?

Through the dedicated efforts of Dr. Roy Swank, many patients with multiple sclerosis have stopped the progression of their disease. Dr. Swank's approach involved using a low-fat diet. His research led him to the discovery that saturated animal fat was directly responsible for the frequency and severity of multiple sclerosis attacks. Dr. Swank's patients adhered...

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Can a Starch-Smart® diet improve male fertility?

Many couples who have been infertile have been able to conceive a baby after switching to a whole-food, nutrient-dense, plant-based diet. In a recent Harvard Study, increasing the intake of saturated fat by just 5 percent was observed with a 38 percent lower sperm count. Infertility rates are also higher in couples that eat meat...

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Are sprouts healthy? How do you grow sprouts?

Yes, sprouts can be very healthy to eat.  In fact, a Russian scientist group recently published a database of the antioxidant content in over 1000 foods, including sprouted seeds grains, and legumes. Dr. Michael Greger's video (below) shows us how the nutrient content changed dramatically after these foods were sprouted. One grain in particular increased...

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What is Calorie Density and Why is it Important?

"Calorie density" is a term that describes a common sense dietary approach that not only ensures excellent nutrition, but also promotes lifelong weight management. When using this approach, we can increase the amount of food on our plates while the caloric content decreases. This optimizes the nutritional value of our meals, aids in satiety, and...

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What are the health consequences for children who consume the Standard American Diet (SAD)?

It's been predicted that today's children will be the first generation whose life expectancy is shorter than that of their parents. This can be largely attributed to the diet we feed our children. Busy schedules and inaccurate nutritional information influence our meal selections. This has ushered us into an era of fast food consumption, resulting...

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Can dietary choices help relieve menstrual cramping and heavy periods?

According to a research study presented in the February 2000 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a low-fat, vegan diet "significantly reduced pain and PMS for many women."  Painful menstrual cramping and heavy periods can be largely attributed to chemicals called prostaglandins which promote inflammation. Prostaglandins are also associated with the constriction of blood vessels, blood...

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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help to reduce menopause symptoms?

One of the many benefits of consuming a Starch Smart diet is its ability to reduce and perhaps even prevent many menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, food cravings, depression, irritability and anxiety. This is due to reduced estrogen levels circulating in women who consume a Starch Smart diet. The typical American diet, which is...

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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help me lose excess weight?

Although there are many ways to lose weight, a Starch-Smart® diet has been proven to be the safest and most healthful way to achieve permanent weight loss without having to count calories, measure portions, or adding points. Replacing animal products, oils, and refined processed foods with whole, nutrient-dense, plant foods, results in remarkably easy weight...

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