Recipes from Costa Rica

by David W. Grossman A few summers ago, I spent several weeks doing some medical research in a small town in Costa Rica called Tres Rios. As a vegan, I was initially somewhat disconcerted to discover that the Ticos had, for the most part, no concept of vegetarianism. However, a “casado” consisting of beans, rice,… Read more »

Five food choices for a healthy planet

Five simple food choices to help the earth. 1. Eat low on the food chain Moving toward a vegetarian diet is one of the most powerful personal choices you can make for a healthier environment. Your ecological footprint (the amount of non-wild land required to sustain you) is greatly affected by the quantity of meat… Read more »

Vegetarian energy foods for kids & athletes

Vegetarian energy foods for growing kids, active teens, and those with fast-paced metabolisms Book store shelves are stocked with “Eat more, weigh less” nutrition books, but little is written on healthy ways to increase your caloric intake. Enter vegetarian energy foods; vegetarian diets, particularly vegan diets, tend to have low calorie intakes because of their… Read more »

What oil is best to use for cooking?

Written by Ken Fawcett, RNC Unfortunately, the fats and oils best suited for cooking are not those which provide us with the essential fatty acids (EFAs) that we require for health [See Omega 3 on our Nutrition page ]. EFAs are very unstable and will break down into very unhealthy compounds when exposed to light, oxygen, and… Read more »

Coretta Scott King & the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., died on Jan. 30, 2006. She had devoted her life to his legacy. An activist long before she met her husband, she embraced a vegan diet in 1995 due to the influence of her son, Dexter Scott King. Coretta believed that promoting animal rights… Read more »

Peanut butter

Choosing a peanut butter used to be just a choice between smooth and crunchy. But now there are reduced-fat and low-sodium peanut butters in the major brands. Should peanut butter lovers rejoice, or wince? First, the tough issue: is it nutritionally correct to eat peanut butter? Yes, in moderation. Peanut butter is an inexpensive protein… Read more »

Recommended vegetarian books

Vegetarian Books We receive a referral fee from Amazon for any book sales that are initiated from this page. Once you are ready to buy, please start from here (even if the book you want is not listed below). Rating refers to the Amazon customer rating. Five stars is the maximum. Nutrition Becoming Vegetarian Apr 2003, by Vesanto… Read more »

The plight of egg-laying chickens in Canada

Canadian-born Pamela Anderson is continuing her campaign for animal welfare by urging Loblaws to label eggs that come from caged hens. A letter addressed to Loblaws president John Lederer includes a request to label all Battery eggs as “eggs from caged hens.” “There is no reason why Loblaws cannot put up signs or label the… Read more »

The “Blood Type Diet”: Fact or Fiction?

Written by Michael Klaper, M.D. According to the blood type diet theory, people with Type A blood (39% of the population) are best off as vegetarians, while people with Type O (46% of the population) are natural born meat eaters. Type B’s (11% of the population) are somewhere in the middle. Simple and clear cut?… Read more »

Cow’s Milk & Lactose Intolerance

Cow’s milk and other dairy products are included in many vegetarian diets. Dairy is a source of calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, and other nutrients. It has been a part of many cultures for centuries, especially in Northern Europe. For religious Hindus, milk is considered sacred. Yet the majority of the world’s population does not… Read more »