Spring Clean, Better with Plants

Article by Ashley Koff, R.D. of PCRM. It’s that time of year, spring, when we look to jump ahead into a season of warmth, flowers, and longer, sunnier days. Just like we change over our clothes, there are nutrition changes that can help support our bodies in their spring cleaning efforts. Nature already gives us a hint with all the plants popping up and the leaves growing back on the trees.

Human Genes are Turned On and Off by Diet

Article by John McDougall author of Dr. McDougall’s Digestive Tune-Up.

Scientists once believed that genetic information was fixed at the time of fertilization, and therefore was beyond any outside influences. This has been found to be untrue. Good genes are “turned on” by a healthy environment, just as “bad genes” are silenced by a healthy environment. In practical terms “a healthy environment” means a diet based on a plentiful supply of starches, vegetables, and fruits (avoiding animal-derived foods and oils). The biochemistry involved is complex, but may be of interest to you.

Low-FODMAP and Vegan

From our new book Low-FODMAP and Vegan. In 1999, Sue Shepherd, an Australian dietitian and researcher, developed the low- FODMAP diet, based on the database produced by the Monash University team. This revolutionary dietary therapy has been widely reviewed in international medical journals and is recommended as one of the most effective approaches for managing the symptoms of IBS.

Protein Demand is Destroying Our Planet

Article from Dr. Neal Barnard's blog. In 90 percent of the world’s countries and territories, people eat more protein than they need, according to a new report. In the United States, 21 percent of adults consider themselves protein deficient. But in reality, the average American exceeds estimated daily protein requirements by nearly 70 percent.

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