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  • New York City Schools Could Become First to Ban Processed Meat

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | April 11, 2018

    sausage-egg-cheeseExciting news from New York: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Member Fernando Cabrera have just introduced a resolution to the New York City Council that would remove processed meat from the city's school lunches.

    The landmark resolution cites a 2015 report from the World Health Organization that declared processed meat, such as hot dogs, pepperoni, bacon, sausage and deli meat, carcinogenic to humans. Studies show that just one hot dog or two strips of bacon per day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. Read more

  • Lunch Today: Two-Bean Salad

    by Paula Gallagher | April 10, 2018

    bean-saladBeans are a staple in my house and they really should be a staple in every house. Canned or dried beans are inexpensive and offer so much nutritional goodness. Beans are an excellent source of protein, but they also contain protective fiber. One cup of chickpeas provides 11 grams of fiber and fiber helps eliminate toxins and slows the release of complex carbohydrates, resulting in balanced blood sugar over several hours.

    This recipe could easily be called a three-bean salad or four-bean salad, depending on what you have in your pantry. It combines the heartiness of beans plus the freshness of whatever vegetables and herbs you have on hand to make a salad that is perfect for lunch or dinner! Read more

  • Magnesium: The Benefits of This Marvelous Mineral

    by Paula Gallagher | April 9, 2018

    nutsOur A to Zinc Series continues with magnesium. Magnesium is most commonly associated with calcium, to help support strong bones and teeth. But magnesium is important for a lot more reasons. It is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body and impacts blood pressure, metabolism, immune function and many other aspects of health. Unfortunately, it is estimated that as many as 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

    How do you know if you are deficient? Read more

  • Breakfast Today: Everything But the Kitchen Sink Smoothie

    by Paula Gallagher | April 4, 2018

    everything-but-the-kitchen-sink-smoothieI just bought a new blender and I love it. It blends frozen fruits and veggies with no problem and makes them so creamy that I can hide almost anything it. I suggest that you invest in a very good blender, especially if have children who are picky eaters because you can hide so many things in a smoothie! This everything but the kitchen sink smoothie is called this because depending on what I have in the fridge, that's what is for breakfast. This is perfect for those raspberries and bananas that are too soft to pack for lunches, but you don't want to waste them. Read more

  • Calcium for Bones - And So Much More

    by Paula Gallagher | April 3, 2018

    greens2Calcium is next in our series A to Zinc and is probably the most commonly taken mineral. Calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body and although most people associate it with supporting strong bones and teeth, calcium for bones is hugely important – but it's also needed for so much more.

    Calcium is also required for muscle contraction, blood vessel contraction/expansion, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and sending messages through the nervous system. Read more

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