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Raw Vegan Diet Pros And Cons
Limited: Despite all the "pop" claims, the huge study in am. J. Clin. Nutr. 89: 1613s, 2009 found no different between british vegetarians and omnivores in any category when researchers control for the other healthy lifestyle habits of vegetarians. "the china study" is misleading subscience by a well-intentioned man misled during mao's famine. The moral benefits are substantial. Choose what's right for you. ...Read more
refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more
Vegan Diet: Vegan Diet includes Vegetable, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds. It does not include any dairy products. Good Nutrition is necessary for having Energy to function well. Grains are complex carbs that body uses for energy. Since they digest slowly, energy is lasting instead of spiked. Both are Healthy part of Diet. Cooked grains with some olive oil and spices give more flavor and taste. ...Read more
Recommendations, on adding nuts & seeds to the diet while still encouraging weight loss? Would like to supplement w/ fruit, veggie, almond smoothies.
1 ounce/day: Nuts and seeds are great to add to a weight loss plan. Realize that one ounce of nuts is 200 calories. One ounce of nuts a day is all you need for protein, unsaturated fat. Take into account the calories from the nuts and seeds when you do eat them. They are healthy foods and should be a part of everyones plan. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not sure why I love and crave to eat bananas daily. Cons and Pros of eating 6-8 banana per day on your health please. Any benefits or concerns?
You Got Back??: Well, they say bananas have lots of patassium in them (so-so) and that the complex carbohydrates impede rapid absorption of the sugars , i.e. low glycemic index (maybe) and that they don't have a lot of calories (sort-of: 100 calories or so for a medium sized one), so if you adjust the calories in your daily diet, knock yourself out. But if not, maybe check out Sir Mix-A-Lot's song "Baby Got Back" ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fish is overated: Fish and fish oil are the new snake oil, both are high in omega 3 fatty acids which are extremely fragile. Omega 3 fish oils reduce triglycerides by impairing the liver's ablility to make them. However the oxidative stress caused by fish oil actually raises LDL cholesterol. Some day we may use the phrase "this is just more fish oil" or "here comes the fish oil salesman". ...Read more
Apart from healthy eating,to gain more nutrition-good idea to make hot chocolate with nutritionally rich cocoa powder,vanilla extract & stevia daily?
Sounds good: So good, in fact, that if this is what you want to drink, drink it and don't even worry whether this is our idea of a perfect ideal beverage choice. If you are healthy, just staying physically fit is much more important than obsessing over food choices. I would bet you know this already. Enjoy the chocolate. ...Read more
Depends on ripeness: Mature, "dry" coconuts have high fat content, a crunchy white pulp that can be made into coconut milk. It is abundant in medium-chain fatty acids. Young green "water" coconuts have a transparent, sweet jelly pulp and less fat, and a sterile liquid with electrolytes of similar concentration to human blood. This was used to rehydrate some soldiers during ww2 in the pacific, by intravenous infusion! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Celeb chefs and food scientists are creating funky foods. What vitamins can replace fresh fruits and vegetables?
What are your opinions on raising a child on a meatless diet with plenty of plants, grains, nuts, and legumes? Healthy? Not healthy?
Depends: Families who follow a vegetarian lifestyle through multiple generations have and do learn to provide a proper balance of nutrients to sustain normal growth and development. Kids are at risk if a parent decides to adopt this lifestyle without any training, as many nutrients found in meats may be deficient and result in specific problems like anemia and or developmental delay. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am becoming vegan and i'd like to know if vegan omegas (flaxseed) and vitamin d2 are good replacements for fish oil and d3.
Flax for some, NO D2: Flax & hemp seed oil are good replacements for many but not all- we need to convert the ala to epa & dha & not everyone does that well. Vegan dha from algae is available. I strongly advise against d2- see http://articles.Mercola.Com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/30/taking-the-right-type-of-vitamin-d.Aspx vegan d3 is available.Search "plant based vitamin d3."i advise 5000 iu/day in fall & winter. ...Read more
Frauds: I am sure you have lived long enough to know when you are being fleeced. Right? This product is designed to separate the gullible from their money. It will not in any way lead to real or lasting weight loss. Period. End of discussion. No if's ands or buts. Do not put it in your mouth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A vegetarian diet: Is healthy. For more information, check out drmcdougall.Com and nutritionfacts.Org. Both cite lots of research on the benefits of a plant-based diet. Nutritionfacts.Org includes information on the effects of diet on numerous health issues. I don't know of any disadvantages to a vegetarian diet other than having to ignore food commercials on tv and look harder for suitable restaurants. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am vegetarian and gluten free. I consume eggs, fish, lentils, beans and greek yogurt for protein. Any other alternatives?
Nuts ; seeds, also..: Technically you're not a vegetarian since you eat fish; it's fine to eat-just don't say you're a vegetarian! nuts ; seeds are excellent sources of protein- hemp seeds are among the very best sources.Greens like broccoli ; kale contain surprising amounts of protein- see http://www.Drfuhrman.Com/faq/question.Aspx?Sid=16;qindex=9 quinoa is also a good source. Your current diet supplies good protein. ...Read more
Good to know: The big studies have not shown increased longevity or much protection from any of the common cancers or vascular diseases just from vegetarianism / veganism. These people do tend to have other healthy habits. I admire the moral statement against the cruelty of factory farming. If you do not supplement (b12, several others) you will ruin your health -- your physician can guide you. ...Read more
Little difference: Despite all the hoopla and huckstering, the biggest, most recent studies showed no difference between vegans and carnivores in longevity, overall health, or any category of illness. Vegans who do not know EXACTLY what they are doing and supplement as they need to end up with brain damage, anemia, and painful bones. Vegetarianism is clearly a moral choice and many folks simply prefer it. ...Read more
I'm on accutane. My current meal: fried pork, sauteed vegetables, white rice. Is it enough fat for good absorption of accutane?
Accutane: Yes the fried pork and the fat used to sautee your vegetables should be sufficient. ...Read more
Antioxidants : Citrus is a rich source of antioxidant phytonutrients including flavanones, anthocyanins, limonin & polyphenols. Citrus reduces risk of heart disease, cancer, kidney stones, ulcers & arthritis. I advise the whole fruit though juice is ok if fresh-squeezed. The peels have great benefits too! see http://www.Whfoods.Com/foodstoc.Php and click on oranges, grapefruit & lemon/limes for details! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Vegans undertake their diet either out of concern for the way that factory-farmed animals are treated, or because they have heard too-good-to-be-true claims about the health benefits. Anyone undertaking a vegan diet will need to supplement elaborately in order to avoid ruining their health, but i especially honor those gentle souls who do it ...Read more
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