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Power of plants: Documentary will launch plant-based nutrition campaign

The film Plant-Pure Nation came to Pittsburgh on August 27th 2015.  Aimee, from the Meatless Mentor, and her family showcased in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette for her role in spreading the word about the film and the Pittsburgh Pod to be formed to serve as a resource for the Pittsburgh community and their plant-based foodies.  Her families transition and their health success discussed in the full article on-line in the Post Gazette can be read here.

Health Food for Foodies

Fascinating article Health Food for Foodies about a physician, Dr. Eisenberg, who co-founded a program that brings foodies together with medical professionals to discuss food and its healing powers.  The most interesting part is that they actually teach them how to make healthy food taste good.  I am a strong believer that you shouldn't eat something that doesn't taste good!  The program is "a place where nutrition scientists could teach medical providers what they need to know about which foods we should eat more of, or less of, and why," he said. "And, based on scientific evidence, chefs [translate] that into demonstrations on how to prepare healthy, delicious, affordable, easy-to-make dishes." For him, the continuity between food and medicine is obvious and practical. "It is not my view that the right question is 'How do we replace drugs with foods?' The premise of this conference is 'How do we help people move in the direction of a healthier lifestyle and diet, to prevent illness or manage illness that's already occurred?'"  

Researchers find Protein is a blessing and a curse
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that high protein diets might not just be a diet fad and common in the United States, but also might be causing more Americans to die from cancer or diabetes.  Most importantly the researchers linked animal protein as being a strong predictor.
"Consuming high levels of protein -- particularly animal protein -- is a bad strategy if you're at midlife and aiming to live into old age, new research finds. But a study out Tuesday reveals that in older age, fortifying one's diet with more protein-rich foods appears to be a formula for extending life."
"An article published in the journal Cell Metabolism says that, over an 18-year study period, middle-aged Americans who had the highest consumption of protein were more than four times as likely to die of cancer or diabetes, and twice as likely to die of any cause, than those whose diets were lowest in protein."
Read More on-line at the Post-Gazette

Milk May Not Be Doing Our Bodies Good!

British Medical Journal study on over 100,000 men and women released found that high milk intake was associated with higher mortality in women and men, and women with a higher intake of milk daily had an increased risk of fracture incidence.

Are you surprised?  Well you shouldn't be.  I tell my clients all of the time that why do we think that humans are meant to consume cows milk?  A cows milk is intended to take a small calf (approximately 85lbs) to a full sized cow in a year or 2 (approximately 1500lbs).  Milk is primarily sugar and fat.  Even the low fat milk that we have been convinced that we need for calcium has sugar and fat.  

Adults need about 1000mg Calcium a day and we can easily get this without milk.  Here are some of the top whole foods and foods that are enriched with calcium and other nutrients.  Picking the whole foods is always best when you can.

Whole foods with high amounts of calcium: White beans, kale, bok choy, almonds, black eyed peas, oranges, turnip greens, sesame seeds, collard greens, broccoli, edamame, figs and okra.

Enriched foods: Oatmeal, soymilk, tofu, orange juice to name a few.

Parents if you are worried about your kids, stop and make sure you are researching the facts.  It is amazing how powerful commercials and adds are to us.  I guess that is why companies are willing to spend so much money are ads during the super bowl.  This is not the first time milk and its true value of delivering the calcium we need as been questioned.  In 2013 JAMA Pediatrics questioned whether or not milk intake recommendations are evidenced based.

Of course if you love milk and you cannot live without or aren't sure of the findings, its like everything else related to nutrition if there is a risk then moderation is probably the key to your success!

Cleveland Clinic study finds that plant-based diet may reduce risk of heart disease in children

Children and their families were given nutritional support and guidance to follow a plant-based vegan diet for four weeks.  Children on this diet saw a decrease in their weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, and insulin sensitivity.  The study was published on line the the Journal of Pediatrics on 2/12/15.

The full report from Cleveland Clinic can be found here.

This is great news as medical professionals continue to see a rise a children's cholesterol following the Standard American Diet.   This study was only for four weeks so one can only imagine what the impact of following such a diet long term could have on the future of heart disease in our children.


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