Category: Thriving on a Vegan Diet

Which Foods Are More Nutritious Raw vs. Cooked? »

By Ginny Messina, RD Every whole plant food is a complex mix of hundreds of chemical compounds. Some are nutrients like vitamins and minerals, which are essential for health. Others are phytochemicals — compounds that are not essential nutrients, but may have important health benefits. Food scientists estimate that there are tens of thousands of [...]

Dr. Michael Klaper Reveals The Truth About Vitamin B12 »

To download our recorded B-12 interview with Dr. Klaper, click here. Vitamin B12 is an essential vitamin needed in DNA synthesis. It’s critical in maturing red blood cells in your bone marrow. And it helps nerve fibers form and function in your brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves. With a deficiency of B-12, vital cells [...]

How Juicing Frees The Minerals From Vegetables, And Frees You From Feeling Tired After Meals »

By Trevor Justice and Vesanto Melina, RD An excerpt from Lesson 17 of The Mastery Program At the bottom of this post, you’ll discover the pros and cons of juicing vs. smoothies. But let’s start with the benefits of juicing… To help prevent cancers and other chronic diseases, updated national food guides such as the [...]

How Vegans Can Absorb More Protein From Beans, Grains, Nuts and Seeds »

By Vesanto Melina, RD, Absorbing more protein from plant foods is the final topic in this blog post. To discover that information, be sure to read all the way to the bottom, past the first set of endnotes. What’s the story with complete and incomplete proteins? In the early 1970’s Frances Moore Lappé wrote [...]

Why A Food’s Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Are Only Half The Story »

By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian, Definitions: Glycemic index (GI) is a measure of the effect of 50 grams of carbohydrates from a specific food on blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates that are quickly digested release their sugars into the bloodstream rapidly have a high GI. Glycemic load (GL) is calculated by multiplying the GI [...]

How To Absorb More Iron From Your Meals »

By Michael Klaper, MD (excerpted from Lesson 7 of the Vegetarian Health Institute's Mastery Program.) Problems With Too Little Iron If there is a chronic shortage of iron in the body from… not eating enough iron containing foods being unable to absorb the iron in the food (from intestinal disease, chronic ingestion of absorption inhibitors, [...]

Pros and Cons of Natural Sweeteners »

Contributing writers: Cherie Soria, Meredith McCarty, Ritamarie Loscalzo, DC, Here's an excerpt from Lesson 34 of the Vegan / Vegetarian Mastery Program. It provides the lowdown on 15 different sweeteners. Next to almost every one, you’ll see its glycemic index rating. As we explain in Lesson 33 of the Mastery Program, the [...]

Best Vegan and Vegetarian Protein Sources & How To Incorporate Them Daily »

By Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN Professor, Super Nutrition Academy As hard as we try, we can never escape the flood of conflicting and misleading information regarding protein. Unfortunately, the notion that we need to consume tons of protein has been propagated, almost exclusively, by supplement companies. After all, if we need more protein, then [...]

Enjoy Thanksgiving with Vegan Holiday Favorites »

Would you like to enjoy Thanksgiving with vegan (or raw vegan) versions of traditional holiday favorites? If so, these resources and recipes will be a blessing for you. Whole Foods is a great resource. Their website has an array of recipe sections including dairy-free recipes for holiday faves. Click the link below and then select [...]

Dear Refrigerator: I Don’t Take You For Granted Anymore »

For six years, I took my fridge for granted, never stopping to realize how quiet it is, how consistent the temperature is, or how sturdy the draws are. I took for granted never stepping into a puddle of water on my kitchen floor. I took for granted not having to kneel down to get fresh [...]

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