December 16th, 2009
Vegans are Better than Vegetarians – Plain and Simply
This is a very simple subject, and it literally comes down to, where do we begin? Of course, as anyone would say, lets begin from the beginning, and so we shall.
As everyone knows, the heart of being a vegan is becoming a vegetarian. But it goes deeper than that because many vegetarians will consume dairy and egg products, while a vegan passes these foods by. The food chain here between animals and humans has been effectively abolished, and only good things can come from this.
By not eating animals or their byproducts, you have just removed from your diet the biggest problem for a healthy body in saturated fats and cholesterol. By doing this, you have automatically reduced your risk of heart disease, stroke, and adult onset diabetes simply by just changing your diet.
But it gets better! It is proven that while following a vegan diet filled with whole grains, fruits and nuts, you have naturally increased your own fiber intake. These foods are incredibly beneficial in lowering blood pressure, and studies have confirmed that a diet rich in fiber will greatly reduce your risk of colon cancer.
What’s not to love here? So far we have seen that being a vegan is an incredible way to remain healthy from the inside out. So, lets see what it’s like from the outside in.
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December 13th, 2009
The Reason for the Season is Vegan!
A Vegan refers to a person or diet that follows a “Vegan” lifestyle. A Vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that excludes eggs, dairy products and all other animal-derived ingredients and meats of any kind. A large number of vegans do not eat foods that are made using animal products but may not contain animal products in the finished process, such as refined white sugar and some wines and honey. Some liquors are made with a vegan diet in mind. A number of vegans also avoid the use of all products that are tested on animals, as well as animal-derived non-food products, such as leather, fur and wool.
Following a vegan diet should be a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, minerals, vitamins, legumes, beans, omega-3 fats, calcium, and iodine. A vegan diet can consist of beans, peas, whole-grain breads, spinach, raisins, apricots, peaches, nuts, seeds, and iron-fortified cereals as well as strawberries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli.
Another category of a vegan diet is a “raw vegan diet” which consists of eating unprocessed vegan foods that have not been heated above 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). Vegans who go “raw” believe that foods cooked above this temperature lose a significant amount of their nutritional value and are harmful to the body.
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December 10th, 2009
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December 7th, 2009
Sweet and Sour Nutmeat
Nut – Almond – –
1 cup sunflower seads or almonds
1 1/2 cups completed kush
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 – 1 1/2 cups sweet ‘n’ sour sauce, as desired
First, finely grind sunflower seeds or nuts in a food processor using the “S” blade. Mix the kush with sunflower seeds or almonds in a blue tub. Add the onion and pepper. Add the sauce a little at a time. Should not be too moist nor too dry. Should resemble meat loaf.
December 7th, 2009
Nut – Varied – –
1 large tomato
1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds or nuts of your choice
2 cups completed kush
1 T chili powder
3/4 cup delights natural bar-be-que sauce
First puree the tomato in a food processor. Clean the food processor and then, using the “S” blade, finely chop the sunflower seeds or nuts. In a large bowl, combine the kush with the chopped sunflower seeds. Add the chili powder and stir together with a large spoon. Finally cut the sauce and pureed tomato into the kush-seed mixture.
For those of you avoiding the high fat content of nuts, we make our nutmeat without even actually using nuts.
December 2nd, 2009
There are no real alternatives to animal experimentation, as alternatives are those options that arise in order to replace something of somewhat the same worth, and there is nothing else in the world that is quite as useless, harmful and misleading as animal experimentation. This is why animal rights activists all over the world should start declining medicines that have been tested on animals.
“I have studied the question of vivisection for thirty-five years and am convinced that experiments on living animals are leading medicine further and further from the real cure of the patient. I know of no instance of animal experiment that has been necessary for the advancement of medical science; still less do I know of any animal experiment that could conceivably be necessary to save human life.”
-H. Fergie Woods, M.D.
Clearly, it is pretty much impossible to ‘untest’ a particular drug. Now that the knowledge of its use is already with us, most individuals don’t even bother looking into the means through which it was initially obtained. Yes, of course a person may very well regret the fact that insulin came about only after experimenting on dogs, but they are basically powerless when it comes to changing the fact. What we need to know is that animal testing doesn’t have a monopoly on the existence of insulin or on the existence of any substance being used to treat some kind of illness.
On the other hand, it would be very wrong to state that animal testing has no scientific merit to it. However, the practical and humanitarian justification of animal testing must be called into question when you consider other similar evil practices like imperialism and slavery, which were at one time most certainly acceptable and useful to their perpetrators.
The most commonly held perception (or rather misconception) of animal testing is that it is necessary for the development of cures, vaccines and other treatments for human illnesses.
Supporters ask a very important question – what would happen to research on cancer, heart disease and AIDS if animal experimentation were to be completely stopped? Will the progress in treatments and cures for such illnesses also come to a stop?
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December 1st, 2009
Pork chops or burgers cultivated in labs could eliminate multiple problems
Winston Churchill once predicted that it would be possible to grow chicken breasts and wings more efficiently without having to keep an actual chicken. And in fact scientists have since figured out how to grow tiny nuggets of lab meat and say it will one day be possible to produce steaks in vats, sans any livestock.
Pork chops or burgers cultivated in labs could eliminate contamination problems that regularly generate headlines these days, as well as address environmental concerns that come with industrial livestock farms.
However, such research opens up strange and perhaps even disturbing possibilities once considered only the realm of science fiction. After all, who knows what kind of meat people might want to grow to eat?
Increasingly, bioengineers are growing nerve, heart and other tissues in labs. Recently, scientists even reported developing artificial penis tissue in rabbits. Although such research is meant to help treat patients, biomedical engineer Mark Post at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and his colleagues suggest it could also help feed the rising demand for meat worldwide.
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November 30th, 2009
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November 23rd, 2009
Do Vegans need Extra Iron?
Iron is a trace element which is needed by the body for the formation of blood. The human body normally contains 3-4g of iron, more than half of which is in the form of haemoglobin, the red pigment in blood. Haemoglobin transports oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron is a constituent of a number of enzymes. The muscle protein myoglobin contains iron, as does the liver – an important source during the first six months of life. The body’s iron balance varies mainly according to dietary intake, as losses from the body are generally small – although women lose iron during menstruation.
In 1991 the UK’s Department of Health recommended Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNI) for iron was as follows. The RNI is a daily amount that is enough or more than enough for 97% of people. The RNI is similar to the Recommended Daily Amount used previously in the UK.
|Type of Person
||Amounts Required (mg/day)
|infants from 0-3 months
|rising at 12 months
The US Recommended Dietary Allowances are similar at 10mg a day for adult men and post-menopausal women; 15mg for adolescents and pre-menopausal women, and an additional 15mg a day for pregnant women.
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November 23rd, 2009
How important is Calcium intake on a Vegan diet?
Calcium is a major mineral: the average adult is made up of just over a kilo (around 2% of total body weight). 99% of this is found in the bones and teeth, and the remainder is used for the contraction of muscles, nerve function, enzyme activity and blood clotting.
The UK Department of Health’s Reference Nutrient Intakes (the daily amount that is enough for 97% of people: similar to RDAs used previously in the UK) are as follows.1
Calcium Requirements Table
||Calcium requirement (mg/day)
|Adult men & women
Vegan Sources of Calcium
Good plant sources of calcium include:
- Green leafy vegetables: spring greens, kale, broccoli, parsley.
It is important to note that spinach is not a good source of calcium. It is high in calcium, but the calcium is bound to oxalates and therefore poorly absorbed
- Fortified foods such as soya milk
- White flour (as calcium is added by law) and white flour products
- Calcium-set tofu
- Ground sesame seeds (tahini)
The calcium content is high but variable and absorption of calcium from tahini is not proven so tahini should not be relied upon as a main source
- Figs and black molasses
- Drinking hard water can provide 200mg of calcium daily, although soft water contains almost none2
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