Benefits to a Vegan (or Vegetarian) Diet

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Although this blog is directed towards mothers and mothers to be, this article in itself is relevant to the entire family, and especially to our new additions.

“See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food” (Genesis 1:29, 30).

“Nowadays people understand the concept of what we put into our mouths is essentially going into the mouths of our children. And honestly, would you give your weeks-old baby diet soda? I highly doubt it… so why would you want to drink it when the baby is still inside your body?”

“Several studies show that vegan moms have much lower levels of pesticides and herbicides in their breast milk than meat eaters.”

“…a healthy vegan diet during pregnancy can help you avoid some of the nasty side effects of pregnancy, such as constipation during pregnancy, hemorrhoids, morning sickness, and more.” –The most healthy diet during pregnancy..

 

 

Calorie, protein (amino acids) , and all other nutrient needs can be easily met by a vegan diet..

  • Calcium—Some vegan sources are dark leafy greens collard greens, kale, spinach, turnip greens, kale, raw cacao. Other sources include rice, almonds, and hemp seeds.  Calcium absorption from these foods has been shown to be excellent because of the high content of magnesium which is need for the body to be able to absorb calcium.
  • Vitamin D—Vitamin D is produced within the body as a hormone chemical reaction after sunlight exposure to the skin. Ensure that your children get regular sun exposure and getting adequate varieties of fruits and vegetables.   
  • Protein—A diet drawn from varied plant sources easily satisfies “protein” requirements, providing all essential amino acids are present.  Good amino acid or “protein” sources include cooked beans, hemp, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
  • Calories—Concern has been expressed that the increased bulk provided by certain foods in the vegan diet will cause a child to feel full before he has consumed enough calories. Including some refined grained products and peeled, cooked vegetables can reduce the bulkiness of meals. Nuts and seed butters, avocados, dried fruits, and added fats (e.g., vegetable oils) can provide additional concentrated calories without bulk.
  • Iron—Diets consisting of vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, and nuts provide adequate iron.
  • Zinc—Good sources include legumes and nuts.

 

Vitamin B12

A lot of people bring up the concern for Vitamin B12 and if being on a vegan/vegaterian diet can have create a B12 definiency. Here is an excerpt from the article The Vitamin B12 Issue

Many people say that the only foods which contain vitamin B12 are animal-derived foods.  This also is untrue.  No foods naturally contain vitamin B12 – neither animal or plant foods.  Vitamin B12 is a microbe – a bacteria – it is produced by microorganisms. Vitamin B12 is the only vitamin that contains a trace element – cobalt – which gives this vitamin its chemical name – cobalamin – which is at the centre of its molecular structure.  Humans and all vertebrates require cobalt, although it is assimilated only in the form of vitamin B12. Absorption of the natural B12 coenzymes can take place in  the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bronchial tubes and even in the upper small  intestines, as well as all along the intestinal tract.

A B12 deficiency can be caused by antibiotics (from the drugs themselves and contained in milk and meat), alcohol (alcohol damages the liver, so drinkers need more B12) and smoking (and all high temp cooked food is smoky) and stress also raises B12 needs). Many so-called studies ‘showing vegans deficient’ have to be carefully studied themselves – many of them do not prove vegans to be deficient at all!  In fact, contrary to meat and dairy industry propaganda, meat-eaters are known to be more likely to have a vitamin B12 deficiency – this has been known since 1959! Bear in mind that many vegetarians and vegans still take antibiotics or consume antibiotic-containing foods such as onions, garlic, strong radishes and other foods rich in mustard oil, which are lethal to intestinal flora.

If we ate 100 grams of green beans, beets, carrots, and  peas we  would have half of our so-called daily minimum requirement of  Vitamin B12 coenzymes providing our digestion and absorption are normal. Dr Vetrano argues that the real problem in so-called B12 deficiency  is a failure of digestion and absorption of foods, rather than a deficiency of  the vitamin itself.

By ingesting soil-born organisms you can maintain an enormous reservoir of uncoded antibodies ready to transform specific pathogens, the way nature intended – by eating a little dirt!

“Dirty kids are healthy kids.”

How meat can destroy your health and cause heart disease, cancer and infection.

List the reasons you shouldn’t eat meat, chicken or fish from article above:

1) drugs/hormones

2) fat and cholesterol

3) pesticides/chemicals from fertilizers/PCBs

4) parasites

5) viruses

New Clue to Milk and Diabetes Link?

Study Shows Protein in Cow’s Milk Infant Formula May Raise Risk of Later Diabetes

Confirmed Anew: Cow Milk May Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

Cheese really is like crack/ heroin: Study reveals the food triggers the same part of thebrain as drugs

Even when on a vegetarian or vegan diet there’s some plants and foods that generally we should stay away from because they themselves are not intended to be eaten on a daily bases and if they are they may likely be the cause to negative side effects.

Shopping Dairy free – Hidden dairy

Nightshades: Causes muscle and bone calcification, osteoporosis, contain poisonous alkaloids that “protects” the plant from consumption, irritation of gut, inflammation and pain of joints and muscles.

Soy Products :

“The soybean was a modest and unpopular crop until food manufacturers intent on creating cheap vegetable oils convinced the U.S. government to start subsidizing it. The soy was turned into oil, and the industry was left with an industrial waste product. Then somebody had a brilliant idea:

Let’s take this industrial waste product full of toxins and carcinogens — isolated soy protein — and turn it into food that people will eat!”

Dangers of Soy

10 Reason to avoid soy

Why avoid soy?

Cheat Sheet to finding Hidden Soy

Hidden Sources of Soy

Sprouting – “. Once you start the germinating process, that dormant seed starts to become a live plant. Anti-nutrients are cast away, it changes, inside and out, and when you eat that seed, no longer are you eating just a seed, instead you are eating a tiny little plant. The process of changing seeds into little plants is easy, but the changes that happen is huge.”

Why Sprout?

Hybrid Food and Commercially Alter Foods-

“Avoid hybrid fruits which have been altered by humans. A fruit is technically defined as a having a seed/s. Hybrids are usually easily identified as fruit that is seedless. (seedless watermelon, seedless grapes, etc.) Hybrid fruits contain more sugar which stresses our pancreas more than regular fruits and has less nutrition than seeded unaltered varieties.”

Avoid GMO and Hybrid foods

Processed foods and how it affects health

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