The American Institute for Cancer Research has this to say:
"The discovery of phytochemical-protective substances in food
is relatively new. Each phytochemical seems to have a unique role
in cancer protection. Each vegetable and fruit has its own profile
of "phytochemicals". I'd like to add that each phyto works
synergistically with others to give the multi-benefits science has
shown in whole plant foods. Plants themselves have survived thousands
of years fighting off pests due to these compounds. I'll say it
again, "Go Vegetarian for Meatless Monday's" to
Meatless Monday is a flourishing, international movement that benefits
human health, animal welfare and the environment. The movement was
started in 2003 by "The Monday Campaigns" and the "Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health" to promote cutting
out meat one day a week for our health and the health of the planet.
I'd like to add we can also save millions of animals each year from
lifelong pain and slaughter. This month "The Humane Society
of the United States" is holding a Meatless Monday Recipe Contest
from June 27 through July 31, just scroll down for details how to
enter and of course the prizes! Need more reasons to go meatless
one day a week?
Well, these foods provide most of the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals,
and complex carbohydrates that we need for energy and that we need
to fight disease. By eating the healthy complex carbohydrates found
in plant foods, our body can spend all its energy utilizing the
proteins we eat to keep our immune system strong, build and repair
tissues and much more. Plant foods are naturally low in fat, high
in fiber and they are filling, definitely a weight watcher's friend.
Now, before we go further, let me state for the record that an important
factor in keeping these foods "high in nutrient density"
and low in calories is to prepare them with a reasonable amount
of fat, otherwise they will become "high in caloric density"
instead of high nutrient density. When we go vegetarian, we eat
foods high in fiber also shown to increase weight loss (there are
several reasons for this including "chewing fatigue").
Foods high in fiber also offer us "high volume eating",
a very important concept to me when I try to lose without starving!
When we become a vegetarian we will automatically increase our fiber
intake. Fiber is only found in plant foods such as whole grain breads,
beans, vegetables and fruits, all which are important for healthy
bowel functioning. Plant foods have consistently shown to lower
the risk for heart disease, endocrine disorders (such as diabetes)
and some cancers. Other essential nutrients such as the B vitamins
in grains and legumes found primarily in plant foods have shown
to play a role in the prevention of heart disease as well.
So, every time we make a salad with a large variety of vegetables
such as dark greens with tomatoes, broccoli, red cabbage, carrots,
beets, and all our other favorite colors, we're eating an "Arsenal
of Cancer Protection" ( A.I.C.R.). Of course, let's not forget
that, when we eat plant foods we are eating the healthier fats that
they supply, too (There are 2 exceptions, palm oil and coconut oils)!
Lastly, there's no better time to start than summertime because
when we grill plant foods, they don't form cancer causing compounds.
Ever hear a report stating that phytochemicals are found in steak?
So, how many vegetables have we eaten this week? Not enough? Go
Vegetarian for one day a week, and get a great start this month
with Meatless Mondays! Scroll down the info for The Humane Society's
Meatless Mondays Recipe Contest.
So, I say, let's get creative with more plant -based foods for our
health, our environment, animals, and our earth sustainability.
And we can look better, leaner and younger to boot!
Here's to Our Health!
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The Humane Society of the United States is holding a Meatless Monday
Recipe Contest from June 27 through July 31. The winning dish will
be featured in the November/December issue of All Animals, the bimonthly
magazine for HSUS members. It will also be featured on humanesociety.org
and in our weekly Meatless Monday email. Recipe submissions should
be for winter comfort foods and must be original creations using
only plant-based ingredients. You can read more about the contest
and find the submission form here:
Please copy and paste the link!
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