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Plant-Based Sources of Essential MacroNutrients

Basic human nutrition is comprised of building blocks referred to as macronutrients and micronutrients. Macronutrients include the nutrients the human body requires in large amounts. Micronutrients include the nutrients the human body requires in relatively small amounts. The five basic macronutrients are sugar (aka carbohydrate), fat, protein, water, and fiber. These five ingredients make up the bulk of the food we consume and are each essential in varying amounts for healthy growth and body functioning. A lack of basic…

Plant-Based Sources of Calcium

If you are thinking of giving up meat and dairy but wondering how you would survive without the calcium, or want to better communicate with your loved ones about plant based sources of calcium, this is for you. So Just What is Calcium? Calcium is a mineral that is essential to human life. Calcium helps us build and maintain bones, contract muscles, helps nerves communicate, and helps our blood clot when we have an injury. Every day we lose calcium through our sweat, urine, feces, hair, skin, and nails and we must replenish…

Man Lost Half His Body Weight, Naturally, on a Vegan Diet

Benji Kurtz says that on Memorial Day weekend in 2013 the answer to his "lifelong quest for good health" found him. At the time he weighed 258 pounds and was determined to lose the weight. According to Benji's first person account: "At that point in time, my weight had ballooned up as it normally did in the Spring. I’d pack the pounds onto my 5’5″ frame, up to between 250 and 265 (my all time high was 278), then I’d “low-carb” it for several months, and exercise, get down to around 220 or 230 in the Fall, and then repeat the…

Is Milk a Healthy Food?

Milk is that one food that school tells our children should be consumed with every meal. In United States schools students don't even have a choice. Want to eat?  Get a milk. Even if they don't want milk, schools will force children to take a milk and throw it out because that's the rules handed down by the USDA. When my children were in preschool and kindergarten I volunteered in the kitchen at their school and so got a behind the scenes look at the rules and pressure school kitchen staff face. If menus don't follow the…

How the Dairy Industry Disguises Advertising as School Nutrition Education

If you are a regular person, you want to know what foods to eat to stay healthy. If you are a dairy farmer, ice-cream maker, or butter seller, you want to sell more product. As a salesperson you must create a demand, or sense of need, for the product you are selling. If you are the dairy industry, how better to sell milk than by selling it as an essential part of the human diet? But while you might take the word of a dairy farmer or company with a grain of salt, the United States government is a trusted source for many,…

One twin eats hi-fat, the other hi-sugar, what did tests show?

What happens when two identical twins go on radically opposite diets. For the 2014 BBC documentary Fat vs. Sugar, twin brothers undertake a fascinating and insightful experiment. One twin abandons all sugar for a hi-fat diet, similar to that recommended by Atkins, low-carb, Paleo diet advocates. The other twin abandons all fat for a hi-sugar diet, similar to that recommended by vegan, vegetarian, and plant based diet advocates. I can tell you the whole story here but if you have an hour you can check out the full story for…

The Fail-Proof Cure for Heart Disease

Heart Disease is the single biggest killer of both men and women today. Growing up as a child in the 80s, in my Kentucky family, Heart Disease was taken to be a norm of growing old. I remember growing up thinking that that's just what happened to people once they got to be in their forties or fifties, because when I looked at the relatives in my family and friends of my family, this is what I saw happening. Many years later now I have a much evolved and enlightened perspective on human health and Heart Disease in particular.…

Lions, Tumors, and Terrorists, oh my! – What do you have to be afraid of?

Taking a closer look at the leading causes of early death. Are you afraid of terrorists? Lightning? Lions? What about what’s on your dinner plate? You may be surprised to learn you are 15,800 times more likely to die from high blood pressure (Heart Disease) than from a terrorist, if you are a civilian. But these facts are rarely discussed. Mainstream media chooses to promote an agenda of fear-mongering over personal empowerment and cooperation because drama and conflict get people to tune in With hours of your attention…
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