Book Review: Even Vegans Die

Even Vegans Die: A Practical Guide to Caregiving, Acceptance, and Protecting Your Legacy of Compassion. By Carol J. Adams, MDiv, Patti Breitman, and Virginia Messina, MPH, RD. Forward by Michael Greger, MD. When I first heard that Ginny Messina (vegan nutrition expert and a role model of mine since I was a wee undergraduate nutrition…

It’s Coffee Time!

‘Tis the season of coffee with National Coffee Day on September 29 and the second annual International Coffee Day on October 1 (but let’s be honest, we celebrate this deliciousness daily). Is there anything more comforting that waking up to a freshly brewed cup of coffee? Real talk: sometimes I wish it were tomorrow already…

What You Need to Know About Veganism and Orthorexia

In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness week, I want to discuss an issue I personally observe in the vegan community and is sometimes (often) misconstrued by the media. If you are into food and nutrition, surely you’ve heard the words “clean”, “cleanse” and “detox” used in reference to a superior way to eat. Let’s…

Busting Myths on Cholesterol Once and For All

Have you seen those articles going around about “veggans”, people who are otherwise vegan but consume eggs? Like all fad diets, I’m hoping this one dies hard. It’s gotten me riled up for a couple reasons. First, egg-laying hens are subject to some of the most revolting abuse imaginable and eggs have absolutely no place…

Is Soy Bad for You?

For the second guest to post for Whole Green Wellness, I introduce registered dietitian nutritionist turned physician assistant Carolyn Tampe! Carolyn is also a certified diabetes educator and plant-based nutrition expert. She has given many talks on vegan nutrition and soy and sticks to evidence-based facts. For the much-awaited hot-topic post on soy, read on… By…

4 Reasons to Include Nuts in Your Diet

There is a lot of conflicting messaging about nuts—eat them, don’t eat them, they’ll make you fat, they’ll help you lose weight, they’ll give you heart disease, they’ll cure your heart disease, and so on. Unfortunately this is nothing new when it comes to the consumer world of nutrition media messaging. Because nutrition science is…

Why is Fiber Important?

Fiber is one of those nutrients you constantly hear about but may not be entirely sure what it is, where it’s found, and what it does for you. What is fiber? Fiber is a type of carbohydrate, but since your body cannot digest it, you don’t absorb calories from it. If someone with diabetes or…

Did the FDA Ban Trans Fat?

Big nutrition news today: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told industry to phase out the use of artificial trans fat, with complete removal from the food supply within three years. The FDA is taking trans fat off of the “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) list and declares that removing it from the food…

What is an Antioxidant?

You have probably heard of these powerful chemicals–they’re frequently praised in the media as anti-cancer and anti-aging miracles. So what’s all the hype about? Here’s the low-down on antioxidants: Antioxidants are free radical scavengers. A free radical is a chemistry term for a molecule that has an unpaired electron—thus making it highly reactive. Think of…

5 Nutrition Powerhouses for Cinco de Mayo

Hola amigos, Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner! Whether you have big fiesta plans or will be staying in and laying low, there are plenty of healthful choices to choose from when it comes to Mexican food. In fact, many Mexican dishes are comprised of nutritious plant-based ingredients! Here are 5 versatile nutrition…