Archive for the ‘Animals’ Category

Food-borne Illness & Prevention

This week in nutrition class I learned about food safety. People who are most at risk for food-borne illnesses are elderly people, pregnant women, and people who are already sick or have a disease. But anyone can be a victim of unsafe food handling whether by yourself unknowingly in the kitchen or from eating at establishments where workers have not completely followed their food safety rules. Bacteria are the primary causers of food-borne infections. The three most common are  Campylobacter jejuni, Salmonella, and E. coli. Continue reading


Eggs: good or bad?

On a personal note my first answer would be “bad” right away because of the unnecessary animal use. But let’s say I am a non-animal-lover, the way non-vegans are. Is there value in eating these unborn bird fetuses?

Let’s first talk cholesterol. You don’t like to have high cholesterol, right? And that is mostly why you stay away from burgers, right? Well take a look at the comparisons in the table below1,3:

Cholesterol (mg) Food
87 Whopper from Burger King
94 Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s
150 Double Down from KFC
160 Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese from McDonald’s
212 one large egg

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Environmental Veganism

In 2010 the United Nations declared that to prevent further global warming, the planet should shift toward a plant-based diet. Animal production in the area of agriculture is environmentally unsustainable.1  Industrial agriculture is more damaging than sustainable farming practices like organic farming and other types.2 Getting grain to feed animals is way more inefficient than directly harvesting food for humans to consume. A person eating a diet of mostly animals or animal products requires ten times more land than someone eating plant-based diets.3 Continue reading

Book Overview: The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Here are things I want to share with you that I learned from Alicia.

Animals on Factory Farms 

  • Animals at the slaughterhouse are in constant terror. Being scared produces body chemicals that affect the muscles and other parts of the body, namely cortisol and adrenaline. Humans can become stressed from eating this meat. You eat fear, despair, and anger when you eat the meat of a dead animal.
  • Slaughterhouse wastes are used in livestock feed (that you end up eating second hand) like blood, bone, remains of cats and dogs
  • Animals on factory farms are pumped with hormones to increase their mass. Hormones are not good — we have our own and don’t need more — because they lead to cancers like breast and prostate
  • Mercury damages your brain, kidneys, and lungs: swordfish, mackerel, and tuna have the highest levels of mercury out of all fish
  • “The meat industry has created entities like the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Meat Institute, and the National Pork Producers Council, which spend millions and millions of dollars on print and television ads to cast their products in a positive light, despite evidence to the contrary” Continue reading

Biology: which eating type the human falls under

Omnivores eat plants, animals, and waste. They have very sharp nails and teeth. Some include raccoon, bear, and rat.

Carnivores eat animal flesh and other animal parts only. They have claws, short intestines, and fangs sharp enough to tear raw flesh from the bone. They pant to cool their bodies and are able to excrete cholesterol infintely. Some include wolf, tiger, lion.

Herbivores eat only plants and plant products. They have hands or hooves, long intestines, and teeth made for grinding fruits, veggies, and grains. They sweat to cool their bodies and excrete cholesterol in very tiny amounts. Some include deer, elephant, giraffe, gorilla, humans.

End of story. This is science, not opinion. When our bodies try to digest things they weren’t biologically meant to digest, yes, things may pass through fine, but this type of eating will leave us ill and diseased later in life–or right this moment. Have you recently had a cold or the flu? It’s because your immune system was weakened by your high acid, low alkaline diet. Do you have stomach aches, heartburn, headaches, irregular body temperature, skin problems, joint problems, constipation, diarrhea? Then become the herbivore mother nature meant for you to be and your body will love you for it.

Book Overview: Forks Over Knives by Gene Stone

Things I learned from this book:

Why Cow Milk is Not For Humans

  • Cow milk –> calves; human milk –> babies. We adults do not fall under either of those categories, so we biologically do NOT need milk! If we did, we’d still be at our mother’s breast. Humans have no nutritional need for cow milk – it’s designed to get a baby calf from 70lbs to about 1000 pounds in one year. Then they start eating grass. End of milk once weaning is over.
  • Casein is the primary protein in cow milk, and it is one of the most potent chemical carcinogens ever identified. Yes, carcinogen. Definition: a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
  • Studies were performed on rats that show casein = cancer cells. One group was given a 20% casein diet, the other group 5% casein diet. After 12 weeks, the 20 percenters had high levels of cancer tumor growth but the 5 percenters had no evidence of cancer at all. Here is the cool part: they then switched the groups — the previous 20 percenters, now at 5 percent, had a reduction in the tumor growth. The previous 5 percenters, now at 20 percent, had an explosion in tumor growth. That means you can “turn off” and “turn on” cancer growth by decreasing or increasing (respectively) your intake of dairy! Continue reading

Book Overview: Green For Life

Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko (c) 2005 Raw Family Publishing

I recommend you check out this quick read for a couple of reasons:

  1. you will learn about plant life and the fruits they bear – the why’s and how’s of it, which is fascinating
  2. you will come to understand vegetables and greens classifications correctly
  3. you will discover the relationship between chimpanzee and human diets (and why we should start leaning more towards their way of eating and away from our processed foods)
  4. you will see the proof for yourself in her experiment results on people she asked to drink green smoothies every day for a certain time period – all of those people discovered health benefits and even went on to continue green drinks even after the trial period was over. Many of them lost weight and curbed major sugar and other bad cravings.

Here are some interesting points I gathered: Continue reading