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Vegan Strawberry Shortcake


Original Source: http://www.ilovevegan.com/vegan-strawberry-shortcake/ Happy Easter! We’re celebrating with these super cute, unfussy strawberry shortcakes! This recipe is easy peasy. I’ve been hit with a completely miserable cold (please forgive any mistakes in this post :P) this week and even I managed to whip these up without issue. Easy quick-bread shortcake,…

The Two Most Active Ingredients of the Mediterranean Diet


Original Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/01/12/the-two-active-ingredients-of-the-mediterranean-diet/ Olives and nuts are plant foods, and as such, are packed with antioxidants, raising the antioxidant level of our bloodstream resulting in lower fat oxidation and free radical DNA damage, but what’s happening inside people’s arteries? Researchers measured the amount of atherosclerotic plaque in the neck arteries…

What Do All the Blue Zones Have in Common?


Original Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/01/17/what-do-all-the-blue-zones-have-in-common/ What accounts for the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet? An anatomy of health effects was published, and the single most important component was the high consumption of plant foods. In contrast, fish and seafood consumption, the only animal foods promoted in the Mediterranean diet, did not seem…

Four Ways to Improve on the Mediterranean Diet


Original Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/01/19/four-ways-to-improve-on-the-mediterranean-diet/ The traditional Mediterranean diet can be considered mainly, but not exclusively, as a plant-based diet, and certainly not a whole foods, plant-based diet. Olive oil and wine can be considered essentially fruit juices. Even if one is eating a “vegiterranean diet,” an entirely plant-based version, there are…

Exercise as a Treatment for Depression


Original Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/01/24/exercise-as-a-treatment-for-depression/ We’ve known for decades that even a single bout of exercise can elevate our mood, but could it be enough to be used as a treatment for major depression? We’ve known that physical activity has been associated with decreased symptoms of depression. For example, if you look…

Are Sugar Pills Better than Antidepressant Drugs?


Original Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/01/26/are-sugar-pills-better-than-antidepressant-drugs/ We’ve learned that exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression (in my video Exercise vs. Drugs for Depression). But how much is that really saying? How effective are antidepressant drugs in the first place? A recent meta-analysis sparked huge…

Why Is Milk Consumption Associated with More Bone Fractures?


Original Source: https://nutritionfacts.org/2017/01/31/why-is-milk-consumption-associated-with-more-bone-fractures/ Milk is touted to build strong bones, but a compilation of all the best studies found no association between milk consumption and hip fracture risk; so, drinking milk as an adult might not help bones, but what about in adolescence? Harvard researchers decided to put it to…

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