First Lady's Nutrition Labeling Announcement Expected To Anger Industry

First lady Michelle Obama is slated to announce the most sweeping update to nutrition labeling on food packages in more than two decades on Thursday — and Americans are in for a reality check about how many calories and how much sugar they are consuming.

Food policy experts say the bold announcement is expected to anger the food industry. Mandating that food companies list exactly how much sugar they add to products on the nutrition label, for example, is a thorny issue that is likely to rile up fierce food and beverage industry opposition in the coming weeks.

VEGAN DAILY RECIPE: Caramelized Onion And Carrot Soup

VEGAN DAILY RECIPE: Caramelized Onion And Carrot Soup

If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
VEGAN DAILY QUOTE: Francis of Assisi

Why Vegans Have Better Blood

A plant-based diet can lower your blood pressure, according to research released today in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association. The meta-analysis confirmed a very promising health benefit of being a vegetarian: an enviably lower blood pressure than your omnivorous friends.

"If you’re eating animal fat, your blood is actually thicker and has a hard time circulating. So the heart has to push harder to get the blood to flow. If you’re not eating meat, your blood viscosity drops and your blood pressure drops. We think that’s the more important reason."

Vegan Diets Can Reverse Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month and a good time to remember that heart health should be a focus all year long.

The American Heart Association recommends limiting cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day, less than 200 milligrams per day if your LDL cholesterol is over 100 mg/dL or if you have heart disease.

How much cholesterol do foods have? One egg yolk: 212 milligrams, 31/2 ounces shrimp: 194 milligrams, 31/2 ounce chicken without skin: 85 milligrams, 1 ounce cheddar cheese: 30 milligrams.

Plant foods contain no cholesterol.

Go For The Gold By Grabbing The Greens

Canadian figure skater Meagan Duhamel’s plant-based diet has helped her make it all the way to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. With low-fat, high-fiber foods as her fuel, Meagan’s been staying strong through the grueling training and long competitions. While some Olympic athletes were waiting for their contraband Chobani to arrive, Meagan breezed right past them to snag a silver medal last week.

VEGAN DAILY DRINK:  Arugula Piña Colada Smoothie

VEGAN DAILY DRINK:  Arugula Piña Colada Smoothie

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
VEGAN DAILY QUOTE:  Mahatma Gandhi
VEGAN DAILY RECIPE:  Tomato Avocado Salsa

VEGAN DAILY RECIPE: Tomato Avocado Salsa

Five Dirty Secrets Of The Dairy Industry

1. Factories are only inspected once every 10 years.

2. Infection is rampant.

3. Dairy cows have their horns removed.

4. Most milk comes from huge conglomerates.

5. Conditions on dairy farms reduce cows’ life expectancy by 75 percent.


Find out more about the ugly facts of factory dairy farms at TakePart.

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