Category Archives: Vegetarianism and Plant Foods

The China Study Myth

Flaws in the Vegan Bible Read this article in: Portuguese The year 2006 marked an event that rocked the world of nutrition (as well as the walls of Whole Foods): the release of The China Study by T. Colin Campbell. Printed by a small publishing company known for other scientific masterpieces such as The PsychologyContinue Reading

Plants Bite Back

The Surprising, All-Natural Anti-Nutrients and Toxins in Plant Foods Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. That’s Michael Pollan’s response to the question of what we should eat, and few people doubt that answer today. Whether it’s Whole Foods Market’s recent decision to downplay animal products or vegan actresses touting “kind diets,”it sometimes seems asContinue Reading

Living With Phytic Acid

Phytic acid is one of a number of “anti-nutrients” in grains and legumes. For an introduction to this subject, please see this article. Proper preparation of whole grains will neutralize a large portion of these problematic compounds. Studies on phytic acid reveal that for some people, the phytic acid in whole grains blocks calcium, zinc,Continue Reading

The Role of Oxalates in Autism and Chronic Disorders

Read this article in: Dutch A mummy that had been preserved for a couple of thousand years in the high desert of Chile was discovered upon X-ray examination to have a very large oxalate stone in the kidney, about the size of a golf ball. The discovery of this ancient sufferer is testimony to theContinue Reading

An Inconvenient Cow

The Truth Behind the U.N. Assault on Ruminant Livestock In late November of 2006, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization released a startling report. Its official title is “Livestock’s Long Shadow: Environmental Issues and Options.”1 References to this report have been frequent in the last year, especially on environmental and nutrition- related fronts. TheContinue Reading

Vegetarianism and Nutrient Deficiencies

Read this article in: Portuguese I decided to go vegetarian when I was 18 and vegan soon after, believing I would save the animals, the environment and my health. I thought that my low intake of saturated fat would protect me from heart disease and that my low intake of animal protein and high intakeContinue Reading

Twenty-Two Reasons Not to Go Vegetarian

Currently making the rounds on the internet is an article resurrected from a 1999 issue of Vegetarian Times, “22 Reasons to Go Vegetarian.” “Consider making this healthy choice as one of your new year’s resolutions. . .” says the teaser. “Stacks of studies confirm that a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables and grainsContinue Reading

Bearers of the Cross: Crucifers in the Context of Traditional Diets and Modern Science

Contents Article Summary Main Article Crucifers in History The Dark Side of Crucifers: Goitrogens The Dark Side of Crucifers: Nitriles Cooking, Fermentation and Other Processing Crucifers and Cancer Crucifers in Primitive Diets Sidebars Summary of Toxins from Crucifers Glucosinolates and Processing: A Closer Look The Effects of Agriculture on the Glucosinolate Content of Crucifers CruciferousContinue Reading

Dioxins in Animal Foods: A Case for Vegetarianism?

Table of Contents Introduction Sidebar: Dioxins: Some Background Exposure to Dioxins Sidebar: A Modern Threat? Dioxin and Cancer: “Sufficient Evidence” Not Required Sidebar: Dioxins in Pastured Animal Products? Non-Cancer Effects of Dioxins Dioxins: It’s Not Just about the Meat Table 1: Dioxin Concentrations in Foodstuffs, United States 2003 Table 2: Dioxin Concentrations in Foodstuffs, FinlandContinue Reading

Myths of Vegetarianism

Read this article in: Portuguese Myths & Truths About Vegetarianism Originally published in the Townsend Letter for Doctors & Patients, July 2000. Revised January 2002. “An unflinching determination to take the whole evidence into account is the only method of preservation against the fluctuating extremes of fashionable opinion.”—Alfred North Whitehead Bill and Tanya sat beforeContinue Reading

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