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Achieving optimal essential fatty acid status in vegetarians

Achieving optimal essential fatty acid status in vegetarians: current knowledge and practical implications Brenda C Davis 1, Penny M Kris-Etherton Abstract Although vegetarian diets are generally lower in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol than are nonvegetarian diets, they provide comparable levels of essential fatty acids. Vegetarian, especially vegan, diets are relatively low in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) […]

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Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vegetarian diets

Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and vegetarian diets Angela V Saunders 1, Brenda C Davis 2, Manohar L Garg 3 Abstract While intakes of the omega-3 fatty acid α-linolenic acid (ALA) are similar in vegetarians and non-vegetarians, intakes of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are low in vegetarians and virtually absent in vegans. Plasma, blood and tissue levels of

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Applying the precautionary principle to nutrition and cancer

Applying the precautionary principle to nutrition and cancer Joseph F Gonzales 1, Neal D Barnard, David J A Jenkins, Amy J Lanou, Brenda Davis, Gordon Saxe, Susan Levin Abstract Primary objective: Research has identified certain foods and dietary patterns that are associated with reduced cancer risk and improved survival after cancer diagnosis. This research has formed the basis for dietary guidance issued by

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All About Squash – Brenda’s Nutritional Information

Autumn is squash season, and for many of us that means pumpkin pie and butternut squash soup. However, for the people of South and Central America, squash has served as a cherished dietary staple for centuries. It was also a part of the “Three Sisters” triad – corn, beans, and squash – the primary agricultural

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Fighting Disease with Flavorful Herbs and Spices

The inexpensive jars of herbs and spices sitting in our cupboards have a history that is beyond extraordinary. Herbs and spices have been used for flavoring foods, and for treating what ails us for millennia. Historical documents provide evidence for the spice trade in the Middle East over 4,000 years ago! Did you know that:

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Paleo Diet

What is a Paleo diet? A Paleo diet is a pattern of eating that attempts to mimic the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. The basic premise is what humans ate in pre-agricultural times is the diet best suited to our genetic make-up. What is the typical macronutrient distribution in Paleo diets? Today’s Paleo diets provide

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