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Dairy-free dilemmas

01/04/2016 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina • It is the oddest thing that, until fairly recently, the fluid that cows produce to grow their calves to 450 pounds or more in a year was recommended in our national food guides as the basis of an essential food group. It was an assumption on the part of Health […]

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Core beliefs about a plant-based diet

01/09/2016 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina   •  I recently took out – from our wonderful public library system – a set of CDs entitled This I Believe. They are based on a popular NPR (National Public Radio) series that invited people to write a 500-word essay on a core belief that guided their daily life and

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Shaping up in 2016 with renewed diet and fitness practices

01/01/2016 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • At this time of year, it can be invigorating to renew our diet and fitness practices. This might involve shedding a few pounds, eating more veggies, gaining muscle strength and posting regular dates for exercise on the calendar. One goal might be to get in shape. Belly fat

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Is soy safe?

01/11/2015 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis • Our September column on soy generated interest, letters and controversy. While considerable negative press about soy can be found on the internet and even in men’s magazines, typically these arguments can be traced to groups that promote animal-based diets, convincing some to steer clear of soy and jump

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Debunking the soy scare

07/09/2015 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Soy has been the focus of considerable controversy. The roots lie in good and bad science and in the fact that soy poses a threat to the animal products industry. As many shift towards plant foods, interest in soy arises, in part for its top-quality protein. Research also

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Celebrating with Healthful Foods

By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian Recipes are from the new Cooking Vegan by Vesanto Melina and chef Joseph Forest (in Canada as an E-book titles Cooking Vegetarian by chef Joseph Forest and Vesanto Melina, publisher Harper Collins, and soon to be released in paperback; same content–great recipes, menus, nutritional analysis, chef tips).  These books make an excellent gift for those

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Bonnie’s Bone Bonanza

by Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian  Bonnie was thinking about going vegan. Of all the dietary choices she had considered over the years, this made perfect sense and fit her values. Yet she wanted to be certain that her new way of eating would provide every essential nutrient. The women in her family were blessed

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The Beefs about Beef

By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian When barbecue season comes along, we may have fond memories of summer events with meat sizzling over the coals. Yet there are great reasons to cook up something else that is superbly tasty and less potentially carcinogenic for summer get-togethers. Recent information from the Harvard-based Health Professionals Follow-up Study

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Findings From the Nutrition Superstars

By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian In February 2013 I attended  the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, which is held in California about every five years. The 2nd Congress, in 1992, was so inspiring that I and two dietitian colleagues, Brenda Davis and Victoria Harrison, wrote the first edition of our classic “Becoming Vegetarian”, now in 15 countries and 5 languages.

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