From Sugar to Agave – How Sweet It Is?

A review of the different types of sweeteners and the controversy surrounding most of them by Lara Greguric Are sugar plums, maple fudge and nanaimo bars your idea of heaven?  Well, you’re not alone.  According to recent USDA figures, the average American consumes approximately 153 pounds of sweeteners per year, including 67 pounds of sugar… Read more »

Back pain linked to clogged arteries

Vegetarians appear to be at a much lower risk for yet another common ailment A major cause of back pain may be nerves that have grown deeply into degenerating discs. A disc is a leathery cushion that separates one vertebra from another. Normally, its tough outer sheath covers a soft inner core. If the sheath… Read more »

Dairy-free calcium sources

Written by Bonnie Kumer, R.D. and Nicole Hambleton    No bones about it, vegetarians can maintain healthy calcium stores on a dairy-free diet. Eating a calcium-rich, vegan diet just takes a little knowledge about calcium requirements, an understanding of calcium absorption, avoidance of calcium thieves and a bit of menu planning. How much calcium do… Read more »

Sources of Iron for Vegetarians

Written by Sejal Parikh-Shah N.D. B.Sc. Iron is the most abundant mineral found in blood. The human body contains from 3.5 to 4.5 gm of iron, 2/3 of which is present in hemoglobin. The remainder is stored in the liver, spleen and bone marrow. Purpose of iron in the body The most important function of… Read more »

Vegetarian diet for athletes

by Dr. Benjamin Spock Fortunately, today we have the information as well as the testimonies of many athletes to substantiate the benefits of plant-based diets. Dave Scott, considered to be the world’s greatest triathlete, holds a degree in exercise physiology. In his own words, it’s a “ridiculous fallacy” to think that athletes need animal protein…. Read more »

A Brief History of Vegetarianism

by Anne Dozell The following is a short summary of some of the highlights of “The Heretic’s Feast, a History of Vegetarianism” by Colin Spencer. (The information and views are those of Mr. Spencer.) This book is available from Amazon.ca (where it has a four star rating based on six reviews.) Colin Spencer is a… Read more »

Bringing up baby vegetarian

No one told me it would be this difficult – or this wonderful – raising a vegetarian child. A personal account by Tita Zierer My partner, Robin and I never discussed whether to raise our child as a vegetarian. We’ve been vegetarians for virtually all our adult lives, so it was assumed that anyone sharing… Read more »