One of the reasons I’m here (on this blog) ~ and possibly on earth ;) is to share good things. In the past 4 years, I have dived into a deep wealth of knowledge about our bodies, our health, nutrition, healing; the power of foods that can be our medicine (like Hippocrates said, oh like thousands of years ago. (460-377 BC to be more specific!):
“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates
Now that I have spinned my health around and enjoy life again and can walk and talk and eat – which were all the things I could not do 3 years ago. I’m on a bit of mission to share more good things about food – just plain old Food – that chosen and eaten correctly can bring your life and health around too. And you don’t need to wait around to feel sick to feel better. A healthier lifestyle can bring you more energy, give you a youthful spark and make you happier!
I found this ‘Healthy Eating Plate’ from Harvard very impressive – they focus on Veggies, Whole grains, Oils and Water take the front stage, Healthy Protein consist of fish, beans and nuts and poultry. They put in print to AVOID Bacon and cold cuts! (I’m sure that tofu is there but in the ‘bean’ form ;) Have you noticed what’s missing from the chart? DAIRY!
I found these articles from Harvard about the consumption of Dairy very interesting:
A new study out of Harvard University showing that pasteurized milk product from factory farms is linked to causing hormone-dependent cancers. It turns out that the concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) model of raising cows on factory farms churns out milk with dangerously high levels of estrone sulfate, an estrogen compound linked to testicular, prostate, and breast cancers.
Dr. Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Ph.D., and her colleagues specifically identified “milk from modern dairy farms” as the culprit, referring to large-scale confinement operations where cows are milked 300 days of the year, including while they are pregnant. Compared to raw milk from her native Mongolia, which is extracted only during the first six months after cows have already given birth, pasteurized factory milk was found to contain up to 33 times more estrone sulfate.
“The milk we drink today is quite unlike the milk our ancestors were drinking” without apparent harm for 2,000 years, she said. “The milk we drink today may not be nature’s perfect food.”
One study compared diet and cancer rates in 42 counties. It showed that milk and cheese consumption are strongly correlated to the incidence of testicular cancer among men ages 20 to 39. Rates were highest in places like Switzerland and Denmark, where cheese is a national food, and lowest in Algeria and other countries where dairy is not so widely consumed.
Cancer rates linked to dairy can change quickly, said Ganmaa. In the past 50 years in Japan, she said, rising rates of dairy consumption are linked with rising death rates from prostate cancer – from near zero per 100,000 five decades ago to 7 per 100,000 today.
Butter, meat, eggs, milk, and cheese are implicated in higher rates of hormone-dependent cancers in general, she said. Breast cancer has been linked particularly to consumption of milk and cheese.
In another study, rats fed milk show a higher incidence of cancer and develop a higher number of tumors than those who drank water, said Ganmaa.
So where can you find good sources of calcium?
|Table 1: Calcium Content of Selected Vegan Foods|
|Blackstrap molasses||2 Tbsp||400|
|Collard greens, cooked||1 cup||357|
|Tofu, processed with
|Calcium-fortified orange juice||8 ounces||300|
|Soy or ricemilk, commercial,
|Commercial soy yogurt, plain||6 ounces||80-250|
|Turnip greens, cooked||1 cup||249|
|Tofu, processed with nigari*||4 ounces||80-230|
|Kale, cooked||1 cup||179|
|Soybeans, cooked||1 cup||175|
|Okra, cooked||1 cup||172|
|Bok choy, cooked||1 cup||158|
|Mustard greens, cooked||1 cup||152|
|Broccoli, cooked||1 cup||94|
|Almond butter||2 Tbsp||86|
|Soy milk, commercial, plain||8 ounces||80|
*Read the label on your tofu container to see if it is processed with calcium sulfate or nigari.
Note: Oxalic acid, which is found in spinach, rhubarb, chard, and beet greens binds with the calcium in those foods and reduces its absorption. These foods should not be considered good sources of calcium. Calcium in other green vegetables, like kale, collard greens, Chinese mustard greens, and Chinese cabbage flower leaves is well absorbed1,19. Fiber appears to have little effect on calcium absorption except for the fiber in wheat bran that does have a small effect20.
Sources: Composition of Foods. USDA Nutrient Data Base for Standard Reference, Release 18, 2005 and Manufacturer’s information. (source)
I hope you have also found this interesting… I certainly appreciate Blackstrap Molasses so much more! ;)
Nutrition and Healthy Eating can be a little tricky as there’s a lot of confusing information out there. But, with a little knowledge we can all Live Better!
Be well! Ella.
ps. Want to party again this weekend??? See you tomorrow for another weekend affair with Nutritious & Delicious foods at the Potluck Party! Yay, I can’t wait!
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