April 16, 2013
Editor: The new link between meat consumption and heart disease, discovered by Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, is just the latest evidence linking meat consumption to killer diseases that cripple, then kill, 1.3 million Americans annually. Hazen's study showed that carnitine, an amino acid contained in all meat products, is a major factor in heart failure. Similarly, an Oxford University study of nearly 45,000 adults in last January's American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vegetarians were 32 percent less likely to be suffer from heart disease than people who ate meat and fish.
March 22, 2013
As Jill Rosen highlights in her recent article ("The Littlest Vegans," March 20), an increasing number of today's youth are growing up on a diet loaded with healthier and more humane plant-based foods. Since we develop lifelong eating habits at a young age, this is encouraging news. Sadly, those who acquire a taste for cholesterol- and fat-laden foods likes cheeseburgers and fried chicken today are often the diabetes and heart disease patients of tomorrow. The Baltimore City Public Schools helped set the stage for this important discussion in 2009, when it became the first school system in the U.S. to serve a 100 percent meatless menu every Monday.
March 19, 2013
Eleven-year-old Tyler Parker-Rollins says being vegan isn't always easy. But he says it's also "fun" and that he plans to be one "forever. " His 9-year-old brother, Will, loved it when his friends tried vegan pizza at his birthday party and "they actually really liked it. " Their little sister, Maya, who's 5, says she's vegan "because I love animals, and I don't want pigs to be killed. " She then runs off to find her copy of "Charlotte's Web," which, she says, "is where I got that from.
February 25, 2013
A new study provides the best evidence to date that a Mediterranean diet high in olive oil, fish, vegetables and nuts can reduce heart disease. The research, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine online edition, found that the diet can reduce heart attacks and strokes by 30 percent. Other scientists have had similar findings, but this study conducted in Spain is the first major clinical trial. Previous research mostly showed that people living in Mediterranean countries had low risk of heart disease.
February 25, 2013
New research has found that the Mediterranean diet is linked to a healthy heart. The diet is rich in vegetables, fish, olive oil and nuts. Thinking of switching or adopting some of the principals of the diet? Here is a Mediterranean diet recipe from the Mayo Clinic to get you started. Have a healthy recipe you'd like to share? Send it to email@example.com. Ingredients 1 small eggplant, peeled, cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 small yellow zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices 1 small green zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch slices 6 medium mushrooms, sliced 1 sweet red pepper, seeded, cored and cut into chunks 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 6 cups water 1 1/2 cups coarse polenta (corn grits)
February 20, 2013
The raw-food movement has grown in popularity among pet owners for a few years now, with people eschewing commercially produced food in favor of raw meats, vegetables, bones, and fruits for their furry family members. But a new study in the Journal of American Science says the same raw diet that works for zoo animals simply isn't enough for domesticated cats. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, in Omaha, Neb., published a new study last week that said cats, in particular, who eat a raw-food diet miss out on valuable nutrients and risk increased pathogens.