Thursday, March 29, 2007
FACT: Experts agree soy protein lowers cholesterol
A 2006 American Heart Association (AHA) research review found that soy protein lowers blood cholesterol above and beyond that realized from a low fat, low cholesterol diet. This finding is consistent with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizing that soy protein lowers cholesterol by between 3 and 8 percent.
FACT: Experts agree soy has additional heart health benefits
The AHA report noted that soy foods are heart healthy because of their high content of polyunsaturated fats, fiber, vitamins, minerals and low content of saturated fat, making them an ideal substitute for less healthy foods that are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. The FDA and, similarly, the AHA have agreed that soy foods appear to modestly lower triglycerides and raise HDL (“Good”) blood cholesterol levels.
FACT: Eight governments recognize the heart health benefits of soy
Authorities around the world have approved health claims supporting the consumption of soy protein and a lowering of blood cholesterol, including the USA, Korea, Japan, Brazil, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and the United Kingdom. These claims were approved based on an extensive review of scientific literature to determine that the relationship between soy protein and lowered cholesterol was well established. It’s the weight of this scientific evidence that led so many government health authorities to approve soy/heart health claims.
FACT: Soy protein is a food, not a prescription drug
Soy foods have the unique ability to both lower LDL (“Bad”) cholesterol and lower triglycerides, but not to the degree expected from cholesterol-lowering medications. That soy products have been found to lower blood cholesterol even a small amount, however, has the potential to dramatically impact public health. One may argue whether a 3 – 8 percent reduction in cholesterol is “clinically significant,” but the bottom line is that heart disease prevention depends on small life changes. Neither pharmaceuticals nor soy foods are by themselves panaceas for a healthy heart.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Berries function to reduce the amount of genetic (DNA) damage produced in these tissues by chemical carcinogens, including carcinogens in tobacco smoke and in the diet. They also reduce the growth rate of precancerous cells, in part, by reducing the expression of genes associated with cell growth. Berries also inhibit the expression of other genes associated with cancer development including genes involved in inflammatory processes and in the formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis).
In a preliminary trial in humans, berries were found to be well tolerated at doses similar to those used in animals. They reduced cellular damage caused by oxidative radicals which is consistent with their anti-oxidant potential. In view of these results, several human clinical trials are ongoing to determine the ability of freeze-dried berries to inhibit the development of precancerous lesions in the oral cavity, esophagus and colon of humans. Preliminary results suggest that berries influence the expression of many of the same genes in humans as they do in animals. An apparent advantage of this “food-based” approach to disease prevention is the relative absence of toxicity associated with the long-term consumption of berries by humans.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
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Friday, March 23, 2007
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Vegetarian or vegan?
How long have you been veg*n?
What inspired you to go veg?
It just made sense. It became obvious to me that a vegan diet was a great way
to extend gratitude to mother earth and all her magic. yada yada yada
What's your best story of trying to find veg food?
It's been easy for me. I've always found a way. I wish I had a good story to tell.......sorry.
How do you handle family holiday dinners?
I eat my Tofurky and ignore everyone.
What's your favorite veg food?
Heiwa tempeh avocado rolls, Rosetta's Veggie Burgers, Mamacita's citrus tofu burritos, (all yummy foods from Asheville spots), Crispy Cats (of course!) fake meat, fake cheese, veganaise, Tofurky products, all fruits and veggies (for the most part). I'm easy. I'll eat just about anything vegan. Quality does have some importance though.
Do you have a favorite veg book?
"Vegan with a Vengance"
Tofu or tempeh?
What did you have for breakfast today?
Banana, almond butter and rice milk.....yee haw!
Monday, March 19, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
My home town of Asheville is a veggie mecca. And just this week a great local firm helped make that point: Asheville's own Tree Huggin' Treats won "Best of Show" in the vegetarian products category at Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. Their organic, vegan Crispy Cat candy bar won the hearts of the 45,000 attendees and 2,500 exhibitors.
The award was presented by San Francisco-based VegNews magazine, which will feature the company and its dark chocolate over crispy rice confection in its next issue. Crispy Cat comes in mint coconut, roasted peanut and toasted almond flavors.
Mad props to Joel Scahnt, Tree Huggin' Treats founder, and the rest of his crew!
Check out the full story at: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200770315131