20170730

How much of a problem is protein in a vegetarian diet?


As a general rule, high-quality vegetarian diets—regardless of type (i.e., lacto-ovo vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, or vegan) —can provide ample amounts of protein as well as a good balance of amino acids. However, ample protein intake is not automatically guaranteed on a vegetarian diet, and this lack of a guarantee is reflected in research results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) from 2003-2010.


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20170729

Is eggplant a good source of antioxidants?


Researchers at the US Agricultural Service in Beltsville, Maryland, have found that eggplants are rich sources of phenolic compounds that function as antioxidants. Plants form such compounds to protect themselves against oxidative stress from exposure to the elements, as well as from infection by bacteria and fungi.
The good news concerning eggplant is that the predominant phenolic compound found in all varieties tested is chlorogenic acid, which is one of the most potent free radical scavengers found in plant tissues.


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20170728

Is cod a good choice for cardiovascular health?

Fish, particularly cold water fish like cod, have been shown to be very beneficial for people with atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. Studies show that people who eat fish regularly have a much lower risk of heart disease and heart attack than people who don't consume fish. Cod, specifically, promotes cardiovascular health because it is a good source of blood-thinning omega-3 fatty acids as well as an excellent source of vitamin B12 and a good source of vitamin B6, both of which are needed to keep homocysteine levels low.

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20170727

What is the certification process in a food becoming certified organic?

Certification standards establish the requirements that organic production and handling operations must meet to become accredited by USDA-accredited certifying agents. The information that an applicant must submit to the certifying agent includes the applicant's organic system plan. This plan describes (among other things) practices and substances used in production, record keeping procedures, and practices to prevent commingling of organic and non-organic products.


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