Why Do Vegetarians Live Longer?

What a vegan diet brings: “Nearly a decade of extra life — that’s what you get when you move away from eating animal foods and toward a plant-based diet. This is really exciting science for anyone seeking healthy longevity (and who isn’t?)!”

From this great post on HuffPost Healthy Living: Type 2 diabetes can be prevented, treated and reversed by adopting a plant-based diet.

  • “Consuming the amount of cholesterol found in just a single egg a day may cut a woman’s life short as much as smoking five cigarettes daily for 15 years”.
  • Lung diseases, the #3 killer in the US, can be prevented with a plant-based diet.
  • Alzheimer’s disease is #6, and those who eat meat are three times more likely to suffer from it than vegetarians.
  • Kidney failure risks significantly increases when consuming animal protein, animal fat, and cholesterol.

From Kathy Freston, the same author of that article:

The Lean: A Revolutionary (and Simple!) 30-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss


Mixed Results on Multivitamin Benefits

An interesting study shows no clear benefits of using multivitamins.

Many Americans spend billions of dollars each year on multivitamins, assuming that taking a daily multivitamin will help protect against certain diseases, even though there’s been no conclusive studies on the benefits of taking multivitamins.

“Supplements, at their best, are no substitute for the fundamentals of healthy living” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Prevention Research Center at the Yale School of Medicine.

Source: ABC News


Type 2 diabetes triples in China in a decade

Type 2 diabetes, a disease linked to inactivity and excess calories, has more than tripled in China over the past decade, so much so that “China, unfortunately, has become the world’s capital for diabetes,” said Michael Rosenblatt, Merck’s chief medical officer.

All efforts are toward bringing new medication and China’s diabetes drugs market will expand 20 percent annually to reach US$3.2 billion by 2016.

Absent from the treatment is a return to their ancestral diet, based on a plant-based, whole food nutrition, where diabetes was essentially non-existent. The adoption of such a diet combined with some exercises has shown to stop the disease for most.

Source: BusinessWeek.com


Modest changes bring modest results

In his latest post, Dr. Furhman explains why the recently-aborted study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to see the effect of lifestyle changes about cardiovascular risk associated with type 2 diabetes, was flawed from the start.

His personal experience has shown that aggressive diet and exercises changes can eradicate type 2 diabetes is most patient. Says Fuhrman: “The choice to make is this: do you want to lose a few pounds, or do you want to get rid of your diabetes?”

Source: www.diseaseproof.com


Eating Vegetarian Foods While Living With Kidney Disease

For people with diabetes who also experience some kidney diseases, consuming a plant-based, whole food diet is beneficial for both conditions, as it provides the necessary energy and nutrients. When it comes to kidney diseases, protein consumption must be limited, and a vegan diet is perfectly suitable to reach that goal:

  • A balanced vegan diet provides all amino acids. The notion that such a diet has “incomplete proteins” does not stand given the abundance and variety of vegan food available. Additionally, any amino acid deficiency is severely felt within 2-3 days, so it would be very easy to know if that’s the case.
  • Being ultra low in fat, such a diet minimizes risks of cardiovascular diseases. There’s clear evidence that the oils and fats as found in plants are enough to sustain our needs. In particular, there is no long-term studies that show that adding oils – any oils – can stop or reverse cardiovascular diseases. The only approach to do so is to eliminate any source of extra oils, which a vegan diet helps achieve quite easily.
  • By choosing food rich in complex carbohydrates and eliminating those filled with simple sugars (such as white bread, white pasta, white rice, pastries, candies, sweets, sweetened products, etc), blood glucose spikes can be avoided. Consuming whole food – as opposed to processed food – makes it easy to avoid simple sugars.

Find more about a plant-based diet when living with kidney disease.


November is World Vegan Month

Living vegan is good for you, other humans, other animals and our planet. Join in with us to learn, celebrate and share during World Vegan Month.

Find World Vegan Month events near you.

World Vegan Day marks the start of World Vegan Month, the 1st of November every year – celebrating the coining of the term, ‘vegan’ and the founding of The Vegan Society in November 1944.

New for 2012: pre-order your World Vegan Month t-shirt now!

Reposted from http://www.worldveganmonth.net/


How much sugar are you eating?

How much sugar are you eating? Sugarstacks.com displays common food we eat with the equivalent amount of sugar cubes they contain. It’s another way of seeing what we throw at our body without a second thought, but that is really damaging over time.


Arsenic Sold to Meat Producers

At least 706,530 kilograms (more than 1.5 million pounds) of arsenic-containing drugs were sold for use in animal products in 2010, according to analysis of FDA documents by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Arsenic-based drugs are fed to animals to control intestinal parasites, promote animal growth, and to make the meat products look more appealing to consumers. Consumption of arsenic from animals is toxic to human health, and arsenic from animals’ waste is toxic to the environment.

Source: pcrm.org


Diet soda linked to higher leukemia risk

Using diet sodas or sugar-sweetened regular sodas may increase risk of leukemia in men, but not in women, according to a new study published on Oct 24, 2012 in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Diet soda often uses aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to leukemia in animal studies.

Additionally, a 41 percent increased risk of leukemia was found in men and women who used one serving of diet soda per day, compared to those who did not use diet soda.

Bottom line: avoid the sodas. Not only they are nutrients-poor, but they potentially contribute to diseases.

Source: foodconsumer.org


Plant-based diets can remedy chronic diseases

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 63 percent of the deaths that occurred in 2008 were attributed to non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity—for which poor diets are contributing factors. Yet people that live in societies that eat healthy, plant-based diets rarely fall victim to these ailments. Research studies have long indicated that a high consumption of plant foods is associated with lower incidents of chronic disease.

Source: Institute of Food Science & Technology