We all know the modern diet lacks in adequate nutrition, yet even the most health-conscious vegans struggle to avoid the processed foods and empty calories of busy grab-and-go lives. No wonder over half of all Americans take dietary supplements. But are these products really essential for good health? Consider the following myths and facts that […]
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With a little planning, plant-based foods provide all the nutrition and energy a child needs to be healthy and happy. Starting early in life gives children an advantage, because the years from birth to adolescence are when they can develop a taste for a variety of plant foods; eating habits are set; the growth rate […]
In cultures around the world, plant milk from nuts, seeds, grains, and beans, have been extracted for their nutritional value in foods and beverages. In medieval times, almond milk became a staple in kitchens because it stored longer than cow’s milk, and Spanish horchata has remained a popular drink for centuries. Today, plant milks provide […]
Viewing carbohydrates as “good vs. bad” or “unhealthy” can confuse consumers, given that carbs are one of the three macronutrients we can’t live without. After all, they’re the body’s primary energy source. The problem is over-consuming carbs that are processed and stripped of their natural fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Pure golden oils extracted from plants capture health and beauty ingredients in a bottle. While they are fats and should be limited,* they are high in unsaturated “good” fatty acids. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well, these oils counterbalance the processed saturated and trans fats, with empty calories, so prevalent in diets today. Plus, many […]
Cherries, peaches, mangoes, lychees, and blackberries all share a common bond: They are nutritious and delicious “stone fruit” (and make perfect pies!). Their seed is sequestered inside a hard stone, or pit, called an endocarp—while the mesocarp is the juicy edible fruit we all love. The multiple “seeds” in blackberries or raspberries are actually their miniature endocarps holding even tinier seeds inside.
Time to celebrate the health and well-being of men around the country! Since 1994, June has been set aside as Men’s Health Month (MHM), with screenings, health fairs, media appearances, and other education and outreach activities.
Plus, the Friday before Father’s Day is Wear BLUE Day (June 16), when corporations, government agencies, sports teams, and individuals wear blue to raise awareness about the need for regular checkups and health education, all geared toward men.
In support of MHM, Veestro brings plants to the table with the following top five nutritional benefits for men.
Satellite imagery of Earth reveals a living planet hued in brilliant blues and greens. Zoom in and you see a lush garden with enough natural resources to support all the inhabitants. But human activity has created climate change and pollution of the oceans, land, air, and food—through industrialization, habitat destruction, farming practices, and even eating habits—rendering this a far-from-perfect world. What footprint are we leaving for future generations? How can we save the planet?
Veestro’s mantra that plant-based is pleasing for people and the planet is one that’s getting more mainstream exposure and scientific support lately. In a recent editorial at CNN, George C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D,* calls upon global citizens to “go vegan” in order to mitigate environmental impacts harmful to health.
A calorie is a unit of energy in food. Simple. But confusion about “plant-based calories” continues: Are calories and how they work any different on a plant-based diet? In January, Veestro partially answered that in “Seven Ways Plants Help You Lose Weight.” Now, we’ll dig deeper into common concerns about calories and deriving them from plants.
Our glorious life-giving sun is the activator of vitamin D. But the days of carefree basking in the sun have been clouded by fears of skin cancer –from the same UV rays that activate the vitamin D, whichs cientists say actually functions to prevent cancer! We apply sunscreen or stay indoors, protecting our skin at the expense of the “sunshine vitamin” we need.