Archive for October, 2010

Vegan diet and proteins – not a problem at all

October 31, 2010

We need proteins but not as much as some try to convince us.

How much protein do we need? The RDA recommends that we take in 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram that we weigh (or about 0.36 grams of protein per pound that we weigh)  This recommendation includes a generous safety factor for most people. When we make a few adjustments to account for some plant proteins being digested somewhat differently from animal proteins and for the amino acid mix in some plant proteins, we arrive at a level of 1 gram of protein per kilogram body weight (0.45 grams of protein per pound that we weigh). Since vegans eat a variety of plant protein sources, somewhere between 0.8 and 1 gram of protein per kilogram would be a protein recommendation for vegans. If we do a few calculations we see that the protein recommendation for vegans amounts to close to 10% of calories coming from protein. [For example, a 79 kg vegan male aged 25 to 50 years could have an estimated calorie requirement of 2900 calories per day. His protein needs might be as high as 79 kg x 1 gram/kg = 79 grams of protein. 79 grams of protein x 4 calories/gram of protein = 316 calories from protein per day. 316 calories from protein divided by 2900 calories = 10.1% of calories from protein.] If we look at what vegans are eating, we find that between 10-12% of calories come from protein. This contrasts with the protein intake of non-vegetarians, which is close to 14-18% of calories.

 

What about aminoacids in vegan diet? Is it really a problem?

It is very easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein. Nearly all vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds contain some, and often much, protein. Fruits, sugars, fats, and alcohol do not provide much protein, so a diet based only on these foods would have a good chance of being too low in protein. However, not many vegans we know live on only bananas, hard candy, margarine, and beer. Vegans eating varied diets containing vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and seeds rarely have any difficulty getting enough protein as long as their diet contains enough energy (calories) to maintain weight.

 

Entire article is availabe here: Protein in the vegan diet

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Is milk good for infants?

October 30, 2010

The short answer is: NO!

Milk is not good. Milk is bad. Maybe good quality raw milk is not all that bad, but no way for cooked milk or pasterized.

 

When you think about it, it makes sense… cow’s milk is designed by nature to grow infant cows into toddler cows, gaining hundreds of pounds in the process. It’s not made for humans. The only reason we use cow’s milk is because it was a huge source of milk that we could easily exploit and make the process of feeding our babies easier. That doesn’t mean it was healthy for those babies. It just would be far too expensive to sell breast milk, and then human females would have to be exploited for their milk, rather than just helpless animals.

 

Read more of this in  Infants and Cow Milk

 

What do you think?

American foods banned in Europe

October 29, 2010

Acorting to this post, there are quite a few American foods that are banned in Europe

 

Dairy products made with growth hormones. This was a big deal back when they first got approved in the USA, and I think it might have been stopped outright if the internet had been big enough at the time. It’s also the most boring recap I have to offer. Always lead with your weakest stuff, I say!

Genetically modified soy, corn and wheat. To be fair, to the best of my knowledge GMO wheat isn’t being grown anywhere in the world right now. You wanna know the real reason I’m against these things? They totally run counter to what all my comic book training has taught me. If you get genetically modified, you get a super power, and it’s going to be something you can use in a fight. Crop yield doesn’t qualify.

 

 

I am from Europe and didn’t know about that, but i am glad they did.

 

What do you think?

Recipe: Pasta with beans

October 26, 2010

I found interesting recipe for beans and pasta – with vegeteble:

 

Ingredients

    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 small carrot, diced
    1 small stalk celery, diced
    2-3 cloves garlic, diced 
    olive oil 
    salt and pepper, to taste
    2 vegetable bouillon cubes + 4 cups water
    oregano, to taste
    basil, to taste
    2 splashes hot sauce, optional
    1 (14 ounce) can whole tomatoes, quarter the tomatoes, with juice
    1/2 cup salad macaroni 
    1 (14 ounce) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    
Directions:

1. In a pot, saute the garlic, onion, carrot, celery in olive oil with salt and pepper on medium heat. 

2. After about 4 minutes, add the water and bouillon cubes.  Also add oregano, basil, and hot sauce. 

3. Add the tomatoes and half the juice from the can. Add the macaroni to cook in the broth. 

4. When macaroni is halfway cooked, add the beans. Continue to cook at an almost boiling temperature until the macaroni is al dente.

Read more on Pasta e Fagioli Italiano!

Video: why vegan?

October 24, 2010

New, short but good video on why vegan

 


http://www.youtube.com/v/gDWUfEsfmDo?fs=1&hl=en_GB

Video link

Vegans and hair loss

October 21, 2010

Acoording to this article vegan diet helps preventing male hair loss.

 

Also, from the brief research I’ve done on male pattern hair loss, I’ve read that calcium, iron, and silica are incredibly helpful for preventing hair loss. You can find those vitamins in leafy green vegetables (kale, spinach, chard, etc), oats, cherries, concord grapes, and sea vegetables.

And, actually, to give a totally opposite viewpoint, I have read that diets high in fat and specifically, animal fat, lead to increased testosterone and a higher chance of developing male pattern baldness. There was a study done on Japanese men (by Aderans Company Limited) that found that prior to WWII, male pattern baldness was rare, and then afterwards it became much more regular. The significant change was that their diet changed from one rich in rice and vegetables with occasional fish to one full of meat and dairy. 

Therefore, eating a low-fat, plant-based diet that is well-balanced and full of dark, leafy greens, sea vegetables, beans, whole grains, fruits, and nuts/seeds will actually help to prevent hair loss. 

Here are some foods that will help to keep your hair thick and full:

  • asparagus
  • black beans
  • broccoli
  • brown rice
  • Brussel’s sprouts
  • cauliflower
  • cherries
  • chickpeas
  • Concord grapes
  • kale
  • lentils
  • lima beans
  • oats
  • peas
  • soybeans
  • spinach
  • sunflower seeds
  • walnuts
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    I hope this is true 🙂

     

    What do you think?

    20 potatoes a day

    October 19, 2010

    I’ve came across article about a man that decided to eat nothing but potatoes, 20 a day. An for 60 days!! Crazy man.

     

    Chris is on a mission.  For 60 days, which started a little while back, he’s eating nothing but potatoes.  And maybe some spices.  For his height and weight, that works out to about 20 potatoes a day to maintain his caloric needs.

    According to Chris, this is actual more protein than the FDA says you need.  Other nutrients, not so much (from his nutrient chart he’s low on calcium, vitamins A and E, zinc and some other stuff,) but he’ll probably be fine since this is basically a stunt unless he goes completely insane midway through and eats nothing but potatoes for the rest of his life.

     

    Interesting, we’ll see what happens. What do you think?

    Vegan food for travelers

    October 18, 2010

    What can you eat when travel for longer period of time? Is it difficult or easy if you are a vega?

     

    Here are some useful tips for vegan food if you are traveling:

     

    Firstly, when you leave town be sure to bring along foods which travel well such as dried soups (just add hot water), various healthy bars, individual serving sizes of nut butters. We bring an electric hot water maker that we stuff in our suitcase for soups, quick-cook breakfast oats, and teas. Can’t tell you how many times it has saved us!

    Next, please know that most chefs/cooks get pretty bored preparing the same menu items over and over and over again. And they usually welcome the opportunity to use their creativity to come up with something you can eat and, hopefully (!), love. 

     

    Is honey vegan?

    October 17, 2010

    The more you think about it the more clear it is that honey probably is not vegan. The suffering of involved bees is maybe smaller than health benefits for your health, but it is exploiting of animals nevertheless.

     

    It is up to you to decide if honey is vegan for you…

     

     

    More interesting thoughts on honey and vegan

    Geoing vegan is easy

    October 15, 2010

    Maybe not really easy, but not difficult also. If you know all the facts of eating non vegan food.

     

     

    Once you learn a little about vegan substitutes for meat and dairy, and the stores that sell these products…going vegan is easy! It is too easy! I make dinner, and sometimes I make too much. This is because I have all these fresh, yummy foods on hand.

     

    Read more in article Going vegan is easy

     

     

    What do you think?