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Obesity, second to smoking as the most preventable cause of US deaths, needs new approaches – Kiowa County Press

Jan, 28th 2020 7:47 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Social campaigns to address the obesity crisis in America are failing. Lightspring/Shutterstock.com

Dana Goldman, University of Southern California

The opioid crisis and deaths related to e-cigarette use among teenagers have dominated news headlines recently. Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 34 people had died as a result of vaping and, in 2017, opioid addiction was responsible for more than 47,000 deaths in the U.S. Opioid addiction has been declared a public health emergency.

Yet these serious public health threats obscure an ever-present and growing calamity of obesity in the United States. Obesity is second only to cigarette smoking as a leading preventable death in the U.S. Nearly one in five deaths of African Americans and Caucasians age 40 to 85 is attributed to obesity, a rate that is increasing across generations.

Clearly society needs better strategies to address this public health emergency. As a health economist who has spent decades studying ways to prevent disease, I believe there are some policy options that could help.

Many factors contribute to obesity, including genetics, diet, physical inactivity, medications, lack of education and food marketing.

The volume of food consumed contributes to weight gain. Al Behrman/APimages.com

People who are obese face heightened risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and certain types of cancers, among other conditions. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States is $147 billion, with most of those costs hitting public programs such as Medicare and Medicaid. Similar trends have been observed internationally among developed countries.

So what can we do about it? The massive public and private efforts to control smoking provide both a template for addressing obesity and a benchmark for social impact. Tactics such as education, cigarette taxes, and smoke-free public spaces resulted in a 66% decline in smoking between 1965 and 2018, when cigarette smoking reached an all-time low of 13.7% among U.S. adults.

Cigarette smoking has plummeted in the U.S. Jenny Kane/apimages.com

This outcome is associated with major health improvements - reduced cardiovascular disease, stroke, various cancers and mortality from lung cancer. Medicaid alone saves an estimated $2.5 billion a year from smoking-related health improvements.

From a public investment perspective, the potential bang for the buck is even bigger for obesity than it is for tobacco. In my view, a successful anti-obesity campaign must encourage people to be less sedentary; invest in new medical treatments and nutrition science; and create regulatory and health insurance policies that reward behavioral change. It also means broader access to effective therapies.

Our current emphasis on behavioral interventions has been disappointing. Society needs to find a way to talk about obesity and come up with ways to deal with it that do not involve body-shaming Losing weight means eating less or exercising more, or both, but there are no guarantees with either approach. Getting people to exercise is difficult. Nearly 80% of adults are not meeting the key guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activity.

Getting people to change their diet is similarly ineffective. According to one study, half of dieters had gained 11 pounds five years after starting their diet; some progress but hardly enough. Similarly, nutritional labels have had little effect on consumers' food intake and body mass index.

So what should policymakers do? I think it is time to take several new approaches.

The intellectual property rights of companies that develop novel approaches to weight loss, such as mimicking the effects of exercise, should be protected and rewarded with patent law and other mechanisms. Currently, if a company discovers a way to get people to go for a walk with a new app or program, protection for intellectual property and reimbursement is uncertain.

Given the stakes, the U.S. government should offer greater rewards for behavioral interventions that can demonstrate long-term gains under the same rigorous regulatory standards similar to those required of new drugs. U.S. companies invest billions of dollars to develop pharmaceuticals. By contrast, there is less social investment in other prevention activities.

Excess weight carries great social cost. Patrick Sison/APImages.com

While not a solution for everyone, gastric bypass and adjustable gastric banding, among other procedures, have proven effective. New incentives could expand access to these surgeries by lowering the BMI threshold for eligibility. Some insurers have put up barriers to this treatment because obesity is not immediately life-threatening or related to our traditional notion of disease.

We need to find better ways to annuitize the cost of surgery and increase access while tying reimbursement to outcomes. Other insurers with an interest in long-term outcomes, including the life insurance industry, can play an important role. They have a vested financial interest in avoiding mortality and disability but have traditionally remained on the sidelines while Americans grow fatter.

Evidence points to a 20% reduction in BMI persisting up to 10 years after surgery. In 2017, 228,000 Americans received bariatric surgeries. Of those, only 10% of are eligible under current criteria.

Another approach is to consider new medications and utilize the successful approach that has been used to fight high blood pressure. About 50 years ago, hypertension was considered untreatable. Diet and exercise were the predominant means of controlling it. The discovery of multiple agents to combat hypertension, beginning with diuretics and beta blockers, proved transformative. A similar story emerged for elevated cholesterol. About half the decline in U.S. deaths from coronary heart disease can be attributed to medical therapies like these.

Several clinically proven anti-obesity medications are already available for people who do not respond to lifestyle modification. Furthermore, there is a robust clinical pipeline, with approximately 250 compounds under development, including dozens of novel compounds. Drugs such as these can help change the trajectory of the obesity epidemic, if they are made widely available and reimbursed -- challenges in today's health care insurance system.

Another avenue to consider includes levying taxes on sweetened beverages, or the so-called "soda tax." One study found that implementing a 1 cent per ounce soda tax would reduce sugar-sweetened beverage consumption by 20% over 10 years. The result would be a $23.6 billion savings in health care and improved population health.

In 2012, new laws required schools to limit salt and fat and cap calories. Mary Esch/APImages

Finally, the food and restaurant industry deserves some of the blame. Restricting access - like the United States tried with the ban on the consumption and sale of alcohol - won't work. But responsible steps to regulate portions might.

Smart, bold strategies helped us address public health crises before, including smoking and hypertension. We need to be similarly aggressive with obesity if we want to avert hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths. As we did with smoking, it is time to make obesity a number one public health priority.

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Dana Goldman, Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics, University of Southern California

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Collective Voice: Outdoor education programs have benefits – Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Jan, 28th 2020 7:47 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Sarah Y.Kevin Hogarth / Saskatoon

Grade 9 students in the Collective Voice program at Aden Bowman Collegiate share their lives and opinions through columns. Selected columns usually run on Mondays in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

By Sarah Y.

When you look back at your education experience, how much time did you spend learning outside, doing things like going down to the river and learning about its history?

Curriculums all over the world have begun to adopt outdoor education as a necessary part of learning, and I am in favour of this change. Study after study shows that time outdoors reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety. It can help kids retain what theyve learned, and so much more.

Outdoor education benefits a persons character. Stress is an area of schooling that is often ignored when creating a curriculum, and its commonly known that exercise causes the brain to release hormones like serotonin and dopamine. These two hormones decrease stress levels immensely and we should be doing everything possible to protect kids from large amounts of stress, which has astronomical effects on the body.

Depression and stress are often found hand in hand, so lets dive deeper into some of the effects these mental health struggles have on students and the ways learning outside can decrease levels of stress and depression. Exercise is a key part of increasing levels of the happy hormones, and outdoor education is the way to do that.

Exercise in general is good for kids and teens thats rather well-known. However, could an exercise routine thats implemented frequently outside have an even greater benefit?

Speaking from experience, getting into an exercise routine is hard, but being encouraged to bike to school and taken on trips outside of the city can help. Hiking along trails and biking to school daily can make it increasingly easier to hit the 60 daily minutes of physical activity most doctors recommend.

Simple things like frequent encouragement or a small rewards system would also help. Field trips to places like Beaver Creek Conservation Area promote physical activity by having classes hike through gorgeous trails. These are all good steps toward increasing outdoor education and physical activity, but we can always be better.

Most of the examples that Ive listed are experiences that Ive had in programs that are less open to the wider public. I had to apply be chosen out of many students from a raffle. Im not saying this isnt a good way to do it more kids have an opportunity to be chosen this way but these opportunities should be adapted slowly by the entire school system.

Outdoor education is a necessary part of the learning process for youth, and should be a larger part of the school system. The benefits of learning in an outdoor environment that pushes you to your limits are unbelievable.

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On-site injury prevention: Beyond the treatment room – Australian Mining

Jan, 28th 2020 7:47 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

According to the latest update from SafeWork Australia, body stressing injuries topped the list as the most common injury resulting in a claim (36 per cent).

Taking a proactive and preventative approach to musculoskeletal injuries on-site is proven to affect the duration of an injury, while also reducing the risk of it going to claim.

This is great not only for employees, as they remain productive and at work, but also for the business.

The World Health Organisation (2008) has clearly identified the workplace as an important area of action for health promotion and disease prevention, according to Comcare, Effective Health & Wellbeing Programs.

What should you look for in an onsite health provider?

An onsite healthcare provider is more than just the person who comes to youfor injury treatment. A qualified and experienced allied health professional will partner with you, fully integrating with your workplace.

With a focus on injury prevention and management, an onsite health provider will:

Learn more about Work Healthy Australias approach to on-site healthcare here.

A physical presence onsite, dedicated treatment or rehabilitation space and key stakeholder engagement are key to a successful onsite program. But the proactive and preventative elements of an onsite system of care will be informed by the valuable treatment data and health insights that are gathered along the way.

Data example: Body region by length of service

In this example you can see that the top three body regions being treated are shoulder, lower back and neck.

Data Source: Work Healthy Australia

If we look closer, we can see that 85 per cent of these injuries have occurred in workers who have been with the business for under three years.

Data Source: Work Healthy Australia

Why is it important that an onsite health provider records this information?

A skilled onsite provider will be able to use and interpret treatment data to help you improve your processes, programs and ultimately help you reduce your risk of injuries in the workplace.

The example given above could form the basis for your approach to your induction program, a targeted strengthening and exercise program, or it may even inform your pre-employment medical process.

Work health and safety improvements are best achieved when health and safety is supported by the organisations culture and embedded in its procedures and processes, SafeWork Australia stated in the Australian Work Health & Safety Strategy (20122022).

Everyone wins with an onsite program

Engaging workers is key to maintaining a healthy and productive workplace. When a successful onsite system of care is implemented, workers can:

By utilising specialist onsite services to develop an effective system of care, businesses can experience positive change in the health and safety of their workplace.

Onsite care, including the integration of onsite treatment, provides:

If youd like to find out more about implementing an onsite system of care in your workplace, contact the team Work Healthy Australia.

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Kick Start Your Healthy 2020 With Four Of The Best Home Meal Delivery Services – Forbes

Jan, 28th 2020 7:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

January is the month when we take stock of our healthy and unhealthy habits, including our diets and try to make some positive changes. Here are four healthy UK meal delivery services to help with that objective.

Detox Kitchen

A day of healthy protein based meals from Detox Kitchen

Detox Kitchen offers a choice of thirteen nutritionally balanced, healthy meal plans with complete meals delivered to your door each evening. They suggest that by removing foods that make you feel tired and bloated and replacing them with a diet rich in plant-based foods and lean protein, you will start to feel more energised, less stressed and lighter. Detox Kitchen was set up in 2012 from the founders kitchen table and today they deliver over a million meals a year to health conscious Londoners. Their success is no surprise as theyve really managed to offer an excellent variety of tasty, nutritional meals. They also have two Central London delis, situated in Soho and Fitzrovia. The Protein Maintain plan, available as a three day minimum package, is a great way to ensure you eat a healthy balanced diet. The 1800 calorie packages focus on plant-based meals with lean protein and grains plus tasty drinks and snacks. A daily package includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, plus a juice, nut pot, snack, ginger shot and a teabag. All meat is free-range and fish is sustainably sourced and vegan meal plans are also available.

Healthy meal deliveries from Detox Kitchen are 42/day.

Pure Package

Venison salad from Healthy meal delivery service Pure Package

As one of the UKs first healthy meal delivery services, Pure Package has an extremely loyal client base and after trialling it, its not difficult to understand why. This high quality meal service delivered direct to your door was launched by Jennifer Irvine from her own kitchen in 2003 and the concept is now a multi-million pound business. Jennifer grew up on her parents' farm in Ireland where they still make the award-winningMilleens cheeseand it was there she developed her passion for food, by cooking and growing fresh produce. Today she workswithteam of chefs and nutritionists, all experts in their fields. Ive tried both the paleo and fitness packages which include delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The Pure Package useshigh-quality, grass-fed meat and free range poultry in all of its menus. There are nine packages to choose from including packages focusing on weight loss, paleo, fitness, longevity, pre and post natal and vegetarian/vegan. Creative and delicious daily meal selections include items like spinach and buffalo mozzarella frittata for breakfast, smoked chicken, mushroom and artichoke terrine and Nasi Goreng for dinner. The meals arrive in a sturdy freezer bag that can be returned and all packaging is recyclable.

Meal plans from Pure Package are 44.95/day.

Mindful Chef

Chilli con carne, one of the new healthy frozen meals from Mindful Chef

Mindful Chef claims to be the UKs highest rated recipe box delivery company and it now also offers ready made meals from 7 each or you can buy a bundle of three meals for two people. Mindful Chefwas launchedin2015 by three friends, Giles, Myles and Rob, on a mission to make healthy eating easy. They advisereducing your intake of gluten and that refined sugars while refined carbohydrates should be avoided.Like their recipe-kits, there are no stodgy carbs. Instead, they try to use fresh vegetables like butternut squash lasagne sheets, sweet potato mash and wild rice. Their plant-based offering is excellent with choices like pulled barbecue jackfruit with charred corn, veggie Shepherd's pie with chestnuts or lentil moussaka with creamy coconut bechamel.

A box of three meals to feed two people from Mindful Chef starts at 39.00

Love Yourself

Healthy ready meals from new food delivery service Love Yourself

New meal delivery weight-loss service Love Yourself was started last year by Polish-born chef Michal Snela whose career has included working with Masterchef judge and restaurateur Marcus Wareing. Love Yourselfs calorie controlled menus (around 1200 calories/day) change weekly, contain plenty of slow release carbs and vegetables and no meal contains processed meats, additives or preservatives. Each meal is freshly cooked daily and each meal box containing five meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks) is delivered overnight five meals in the box: breakfast, lunch, dinner and two snacks. There are five weight loss plans including Balanced Diet offering meat (all sourced from UK farms), fish and vegetables, the Gluten Free Diet, Vegetarian Diet, Keto Diet and Performance Diet focusing on protein meals aimed at gym attendees intent on muscle repair and growth.

A balanced box with five days of meals is 99 from Love Yourself

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Vegetarianism: Know the different types of vegetarian diets – Times Now

Jan, 28th 2020 7:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Vegetarianism: Know the different types of vegetarian diets  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images

New Delhi: Vegetarianism is becoming a rage and a statement of health and fitness in India. Perhaps, a lot of celebrities in the West are turning to East and opting for vegetarianism. Basically, a vegetarian diet majorly includes pulses, cereals, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruits. In this article, lets talk about the various aspects of vegetarian diets.

Lacto-vegetarians: A vegetarian diet that includes vegetables as well as daily products like milk.

Ovo-vegetarian: A vegetarian diet that includes eggs but no milk products

Lacto-ovo vegetarian: Here, milk and eggs can be consumed along with a vegetarian diet.

Jain vegetarian: Practiced by the followers of Jain culture and philosophy, this is a lacto vegetarian diet with no roots and tubers like onion, garlic, potato, colocasia, etc.

Raw vegetarian: No cooked foods

Pesco-vegetarian: A vegetarian diet plan that includes fish.

Some possible reasons for adapting vegetarianism include:

It has been seen that vegetarians have a lower BMI, blood pressure and serum cholesterol. This has been attributed to the fibrer-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes they eat. These foods are also a rich source of antioxidants as compared to non-vegetarian foods.

It is important to know the pros and cons of any diet that one wishes to follow. Consult an expert before starting any diet as a well-planned diet can help keep deficiencies away!

(Disclaimer: The author, Parul Patni, Nutritionist, is a guest contributer and a part of our medical expert panel. Views expressed are personal)

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FMI Foundation Honors Eggland’s Best with Gold Plate Award – Benzinga

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CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The FMI Foundationrevealed the winners of its 2019 Gold Plate Awards, and has awarded Eggland's Best(EB) an honorable mention within the Food Manufacturer and Supplier Category for its National Family Meals Month program. The Gold Plate Awards distinguish elite contributors to the family meal movement among food retailers, suppliers and community collaborators by highlighting outstanding programs that encourage families to share more meals together at home.

The winning programs are chosen by an independent panel of judges and rated on a wide variety of categories including the program's originality, audience reach and ability to scale. Eggland's Best's corporate participation and overall promotion of National Family Meals Month were also taken into consideration.

"After receiving many strong Gold Plate Award submissions, we are thrilled to recognize the Eggland's Best Better Family Meals program for its extensive reach and creativity in encouraging families to participate in the nationwide National Family Meals Month movement," said David Fikes, Executive Director, FMI Foundation. "The applications were meticulously reviewed, and it was clear that Eggland's Best is committed to promoting the importance of family meals year over year."

"At Eggland's Best, we strive to empower families to stay healthy by choosing nutritious and wholesome foods, and we're extremely pleased that our National Family Meals Month program is receiving this prestigious recognition," said Charlie Lanktree, CEO of Eggland's Best. "This honor reaffirms our commitment not only to raising awareness for the many benefits of family meals, but also our dedication to providing families with a high-quality product they can feel good about serving their families.

EB kicked off its Better Family Meals Program for the second year in a row with a goal of helping to educate families on the importance of spending time together and eating nutritious meals. As part of the program, EB continued to be a proud national supporter of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good movement, which encourages people to take small steps every day to build lifelong healthy habits for themselves and for their families. The American Heart Association, in collaboration with Eggland's Best, shared healthy recipes and smart eating tips to make mealtime easier and more nutritious.

In year two of the campaign, Eggland's Best teamed up with Sur La Table to bring healthier cooking skills directly to families with a better-for-you interactive cooking series that featured nutritious EB eggs in 18,600 classes in Sur La Table locations across the U.S. In each class, attendees also took home delicious and nutritious recipes created by the American Heart Association and Eggland's Best.

"This is the second year I'm working with Eggland's Best on its Family Meals program, and I'm proud to have been a part of educating families on the importance of eating nutritious meals together," said Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. "EB eggs are the perfect ingredient to incorporate into any family recipe! They are extremely versatile and packed with superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs and certainly the only eggs I feed my family and recommend to my clients."

Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland's Best eggs contain six times more vitamin D, 25% less saturated fat, more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E, and more than double the vitamin B12. The superior nutrition of Eggland's Best is due to its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E. In addition, independent testing has revealed that Eggland's Best eggs have stronger shells than ordinary eggs, which leads to less breakage and helps them stay fresher longer. Eggland's Best's patented method of production and verification ensures that every Eggland's Best egg has these superior qualities.

Eggland's Best eggs have been the recipient of more than 100 awards and honors for the product's superior taste, nutrition, freshness and variety. For more information on Eggland's Best eggs and delicious recipes, visit http://www.egglandsbest.com.

About Eggland's Best EggsEggland's Best is the #1 branded egg in the U.S. and is an excellent source of vitamins D, B12, E, B5 and riboflavin. EB eggs have six times more vitamin D, more than double the Omega-3s, 10 times more vitamin E and 25% less saturated fat than ordinary eggs. Eggland's Best's patented method of production and verification ensures that every Eggland's Best egg has these superior qualities. Independent testing has also confirmed that Eggland's Best eggs stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs. The distinctive "EB" stamp on the shell assures consumers and food service customers that EB eggs meet the highest production and safety standards.

Eggland's Best was voted "America's Most Trusted Egg Brand" by American shoppers in the BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, "America's Most Recommended Eggs" by women in the Women's Choice Awards, and "Product of the Year." In addition, Eggland's Best has received more than 100 awards and honors from such trusted publications as Prevention Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Taste of Home, Women's Health, and many others.

Eggland's Best's hens are fed a strictly controlled, proprietary, high-quality all-vegetarian diet, which results in a better tasting, more nutritious egg that stays fresher longer. EB eggs are available in large, extra-large, jumbo, cage free, organic, hard-cooked, cage free hard-cooked, organic hard-cooked, liquid egg whites, hard-cooked snacks, and are certified Kosher. For more information, visit http://www.egglandsbest.com.

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20 Million Brits Are Cutting Down on Meat – LIVEKINDLY

Jan, 28th 2020 7:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

According to market research firm Mintel, 20 million Britsnearly 40 percent of meat-eaterssay theyre reducing their meat consumption and adopting flexitarian diets.

By eating primarily vegetarian and plant-forward foods, consumers hope to save money, be healthier, and help the environment.

New data reveals that the number of Brits who have eaten meat-free foods increased to 65 percent in 2019. This is up from 50 percent in 2017. Mintel says that the sales of meat-free options grew by 40 percent between 2014 and 2019.

The sales of plant-based options are predicted to exceed 1.1 billion by the year 2024. Further research from the Mintel Global New Products Database (GNPD) suggests that 23 percent of all new UK food product launches in 2019 were vegan.

While vegan food consumption is on the rise, it is flexitarians who are driving sales. Mintel suggests that the number of meat-eaters reducing their meat consumption increased from 28 percent in 2017 to 39 percent in 2019.

The rising popularity of flexitarian diets has helped to drive demand for meat-free products, said Mintel Global Food & Drink Analyst Kate Vlietstra. Many consumers perceive that plant-based foods are a healthier option.

This notion is the key driver behind the reduction in meat consumption in recent years, added Vlietstra.

According to Mintel, 32 percent of meat-reducing Brits are primarily motivated by health, while 31 percent are motivated by budget. Last year, Brits saved around 6.7 Billion by eating inexpensive, plant-based foods instead of meat and dairy.

According to research commissioned by the vegetarian brand Linda McCartney, more than 12 million meat eaters consumed less pork, beef, lamb, and chicken in 2019 compared to previous years. That shift saved them around 550 each.

In Mintels research, around 25 percent of those cutting back on meat also cited environmental reasons as a central factor. Fifty-four percent of younger consumers, aged 16-24, see reducing animal products as a positive way of impacting the environment.

Animal agriculture is a leading cause of climate change. It creates greenhouse gas, dominates the land, uses high volumes of water, and damages ecosystems. A large-scale food production analysis in 2018 revealed that adopting a plant-based diet is the single most effective way for an individual to mitigate the effects of climate change.

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Plant-Based Doctors In Twitter Row Over Olive Oil – Plant Based News

Jan, 28th 2020 7:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Dr. Danielle Belardo is a vegan cardiologist and plant-based advocate (Photo: Dr. Danielle Belardo)

A fierce row broke out on Twitter in recent days - over whether olive oil should be part of a healthy plant-based diet.

The spat started after vegan Cardiology Fellow Dr. Danielle Belardo, an American Board of Internal Medicine Board Certified Physician, tweeted about plant-based fats - saying theydo not cause heart disease.

The tweet said: "Controversial nutrition tweet: plant-based people saying avocado, nuts, and EVOO [extra virgin olive oil] is identical to keto people saying fruit causes diabetes. Can't we all just use some reason and meet in the middle?"

This prompted journalist Jeff Nelson,VegSource founder, to respond, branding Dr. Belardo one of the 'new wave' of whole food plant-based doctors, who 'have no idea of the history and evidence of plant-based diets'.

This meme prompted accusations of sexism (Photo: Vegsource)

The altercation peaked when Nelson made a couple of memes, depicting the image of an oversexualized blonde doctor, wearing a short, low-cut dress.

The memes talked about cardiologists and olive oil. One said: "My cardiologist just gave me a prescription for olive oil. I'm not sure what she wants me to do with it, but the latest research says I should..."

The other featured a cartoon blonde doctor holding a syringe of olive oil. It said: "Olive oil: job security for cardiologists."

These memes were described as 'sexist' and 'unprofessional' by some people within the medical community. In a YouTube video about the incident, Nelson denied sexism, or harassing Dr. Belardo - but did say he has been rude - for which he apologized.

Nelson told Plant Based News: The evidence in the plant-based research community beginning in 1946 and continuing today strongly indicates that limiting total fat (including plant fats) while following a vegan diet is the preferred path to prevent and reverse heart disease - and many other diseases.

In the past 15 to 20 years, industry-sponsored research has muddied the waters about what is and isnt heart-healthy. These industries are spending vast sums of money to try to make the case for their products being heart-healthy.

People should not be taken in by food industry research, which is almost always biased. Vegans are usually good at spotting sketchy research from the egg and dairy industries; some vegans have a harder time seeing bias from vegan food industries though.

Dr. Belardo told PBN that her views are in line with a major health organization.

She said: "I agree with the views of the American College of Cardiology, which state that 'the evidence base for olive oil is the most comprehensive, with clear evidence for a benefit in ASCVD risk reduction. The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans support the use of liquid vegetable oils within the context of a calorie-controlled, heart-healthy diet to decrease ASCVD risk'."

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Sweet Earth Frozen Pizza comes in this Dairy-Free and Vegan Variety – Go Dairy Free

Jan, 28th 2020 7:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

It cant even compare to a fresh-tossed pie, but something makes frozen pizza a staple in most households. Dairy-free options are hard to come by, and seem to discontinue often, but Sweet Earth Vegan Frozen Pizza might have some staying power. This popular vegetarian brand has a loyal following, and has gained distribution in several major retailers.

All Sweet Earth Frozen Pizzas are vegetarian, but at this time they have just one dairy-free and vegan option. Leave your rating and review below when you try it! It helps others make an informed purchasing decision, and will hopefully encourage the brand to make more dairy-free frozen pizzas!

Ingredients: toppings & sauce: water, brussel sprouts, provolone style cheese alternative* (water, starch*, coconut oil*, sea salt, sunflower kernel*, natural smoke flavor, fruit & vegetable concentrate* [color]), sweet corn*, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, tomato paste*, white mushrooms*, portabella mushrooms*, red onions*, shiitake mushrooms*, crimini mushrooms*, garlic, extra virgin olive oil*, garlic puree*, cauliflower powder*, sea salt, spices, yeast extract, cane sugar*, lemon juice concentrate*, salt, sugar*, dried onions*, dried garlic*, dried red bell peppers*, natural flavors, citric acid, dried onions. crust: wheat flour*, water, carrot*, cornmeal*, cornstarch, chia seeds*, extra virgin olive oil*, yeast*, psyllium fiber*, vital wheat gluten*, cane sugar*, sea salt. *organic. non-gmo. Contains: wheat.*

Nutrition (per 1/3 pizza): 220 calories, 6g fat, 36g carbs, 5g fiber, 2g sugars, 6g protein.*

Price: $6.49 per 15.3-ounce pizza

Availability: Sweet Earth Vegan Frozen Pizza is sold at Albertsons, Walmart, and Target stores in the U.S.

Certifications: We did not note any certifications on Sweet Earth Vegan Frozen Pizza.

Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Sweet Earth Vegan Frozen Pizza is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.*

For More Product Information: Visit the Sweet Earth website at http://www.sweetearthfoods.com.

*Always read the ingredient and nutrition statement prior to consumption. Ingredients, processes, and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company or product. Contact the company to discuss their manufacturing processes if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you.No food product can be guaranteed safe for every individuals needs. You should never rely on ingredient and allergen statements alone if dealing with a severe food allergy.

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Veganism in America is becoming increasingly Black — and hip-hop is listening – TheGrio

Jan, 28th 2020 7:46 am, Article Recommended by Dr. J. Smith

Rappers are often criticized over their lyrics and extravagant lifestyles, but a trend toward less consumption of meat among African Americans is apparently being reflected in the choice to go vegan among some hip-hop performers.

In a Gallup poll that focuses on American consumers meat consumption habits, whites report eating 10 percent less meat, while people of color say they are eating 31 percent less.

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Popular and influential figures in hip-hop music including KRS-One, Stic.man and M-1 from Dead Prez, Russell Simmons, Erykah Badu, and later Jay-Z and Beyonc, Waka Flocka Flame, A$AP Rocky, and Jermaine Dupri, have made personal choices and business investments toward veganism, according to The Washington Post.

Jay and Bey famously gave out show tickets to fans who went vegan. Cardi B launched a vegan fashion line. Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, started a vegan food truck for the homeless. Eight of the Wu-Tang clan members also say they are vegan. And A$AP Rocky rapped about being vegan on his single Babushka Boi. As an ambassador, Snoop Dog helps promote Beyond Meat.

Jay-Zs venture capital firm Marcy Venture Partners last year invested $1 million in the Black-owned Partake Foods, which makes vegan cookies. He also has put investment support in Impossible Foods, which is behind Burger Kings Impossible Whopper.

KRS-One put out a song as far back as 1990 called Beef in which he cautioned listeners to think about the meat they are putting into their bodies. He rapped that it was a public service announcement.

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KRS-One was an inspiration for me, Keith Tucker, a health activist in Seattle, told The Post. His song Beef in 1990 influenced a lot people in hip-hop to think about veganism, to think about the meat in the slave diet, about the chemicals that were starting to be put in the food and the rise of highly processed foods.

It appears that many Black people are heeding the message. In addition to the Gallup poll, a 2016 Pew Research Center survey found that while only 3 percent of American adults said they were vegan and 1 percent of Hispanic Americans, 8 percent of African American adults identified as vegan.

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Hip-hop is the biggest influence on planet Earth when it comes to young people, Tucker adds. Its the CNN for the black community. If we can move it in a green direction, the world will move in a green direction. Its going viral right now.

But more attention and concern for health could also be a driving force. AshEL Eldridge, an Oakland, Calf.-based rapper and activist says the plant-based food movement is catching on as a way of taking back control among Blacks.

How do we take care of ourselves? How do we govern ourselves? How do we regain the wisdom of our ancestry? And how do we reclaim our health, he asked. The answer is to take the reins of ones own body. Theres a huge movement around decolonizing the diet. There is disease related to diets heavily reliant on meat and genetically modified crops and monocropping. How do we extricate ourselves from that? Its revolutionary.

That message is being heeded in hip-hop today, says Stic.man.

When I was a young teen getting into hip-hop, LL Cool J and them [sic] were swole superheroes. Now I see a lot of cool b-boy yogis. Thats a whole movement. There were break-dance battles back in the day; now theres a movement of calisthenics, bar athletics and Nike-sponsored events, he says. The New G Code takes empowerment in a healthy way: I dont care how many weights you can lift, how many people have you lifted up?

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