Friday: Vegan and Veg Points

During the whole e. coli outbreak, the most interesting thing I read was this. Did you realize that the e. coli couldn't have been washed off? That it got into the leaves through cut stems from a contaminated blade? Do you know what that means?
This new research in the journal Diabetes Care says that people with diabetes should avoid animal products such as meat and dairy. They also say the vegan diet is superior to the diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association, WebMD reports.
The whole of the beetroot plant is nutritious. The greens contain vitamins A and C, beta-carotine, iron, potassium and calcium being very similar to spinach in nutrition. The roots are an excellent source of folate, potassium, vitamin A and manganese, they also are a good source of vitamin B and C, dietary fiber, magnesium, tryptophan, iron, copper, boron and phosphorous. Although high in sugars they are low in calories.
There are many types of vegetarians – pesco/semi vegetarian, lacto, lacto ovo, ovo, vegan, fruitarian and macrobiotic.
WebMD says that hummus protein is a big yes. Hooray! Apparently, when you combine legumes and seeds, a complete protein source is established. You can go to the article to read about all the fancy terminology and the names of the different proteins.
I am not convinced anymore that a vegan diet is the optimal choice regarding health and nutrition. It may still be the optimal diet for peacefulness, compassion, and achieving advanced spiritual realms although I am going to explore this topic as well. I am certainly not giving up my levels of consciousness and awareness only to indulge in meat. I do not even crave meat. I am open to eventually concede either outcome.
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bobbie - October 16, 2006 8:25 PM

I'm responding to the "blogged health" post on the "many" kinds of vegetarians. I think it's great when people decide to cut down on their meat intake and maybe eat chicken or fish a couple times a week. Unfortunately, many of these people call themselves "vegetarian." A vegetarian is someone who eats NO animal flesh of any kind. I am very much pro-vegetarian and vegan, and don't want these terms to become meaningless.

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