Fiber

April 10, 2011

Fiber is a very important component of your diet.  It is essential for a healthy digestive system.  You can only find fiber in plant-based foods.

Fiber lowers the risk of certain cancers (e.g. colon cancer, rectal cancer), lowers the risk of heart disease, lowers the risk of diabetes, helps control appetite, helps maintain digestive tract health (prevents constipation).

Recommended reading on the topic of fiber:

  • Health benefits of fiber:  Link
  • Understanding the 2 types of fiber: Soluble/Insoluble fiber:  Link
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Milk

March 28, 2011

Milk (a.k.a. liquid meat)

Some interesting information that will help explain that non-human animal based milk is not suitable for human consumption.  Plant based milks (almond, oat, rice, soya, etc.) are a much healthier alternative.

Symptoms of consuming too much dairy

Osteoporosis, diabetes, cancer (ovarian, prostate, lung), leukemia, cataracts, iron deficiency/anemia, allergies, Crohn’s disease, intestinal irritation, asthma, sinusitus.

Babies drinking whole milk in their first two years develop allergies, colic, diabetes.

Articles

  • Does milk really do the body good? Calcium and protein: a mixture for disaster  Article
  • The milk letter: a message to my patients  Article

B12

March 26, 2011

Vitamin B12 is very important.  It comes from bacteria.

Symptoms of B12 deficiency

Reflux, stomach cramps, unusual fatigue, anaemia, digestive problems, no appetite, nausea, loss of menstruation, numbness and tingling of the hands and or feet, anxiety, diarrhea, depression, frequent respiratory infections, impotence, infertility.

Articles

  • Dr Lederman – To B12 or not to B12?  Article
  • Dr McDougall – Vitamin B12 deficiency – the meat-eaters’ last stand  Article
  • Dr Campbell – B12 breakthrough – Missing nutrient found in plants  Article

Protein

March 26, 2011

Protein is one of the essential nutrients your body needs to function properly.

Symptoms of consuming too much protein

Kidney disease, osteoporosis.

You should not focus on the single nutrient, i.e. protein.  They best approach is by using whole foods and particularly whole plant-based foods.

Articles

  • Animal vs. plant protein:  Article
  • Protein powders, pills and poppycock:  Article

Carbohydrates

March 26, 2011

Do Carbohydrates make you fat?

Article

 


Fats

March 26, 2011

Fats are one of the essential nutrients in your diet.

  • An article by Dr T Colin Campbell about fats and a plant-based diet:  Article
  • The truth about fats – olive oil:  Movie clip – Information about fats, oils, nuts and seeds