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What You Eat Matters
November 14, 2011

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

1. Is Cheese Addictive?

2. Famous Quote: John Robbins, The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World

3. High-Fiber Diets Prevent Colon Polyps

4. Bible verse: (RSV) Matthew 25:45

5. Derek Tresize: Vegan Bodybuilder

6. This Week’s Video: Dr. Michael Kapler


1. Is Cheese Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why it's often very hard to give up cheese? It turns out that nature has ways to make sure that mom and baby bond and stay close together until the baby is weaned. Researchers found morphine, a highly addictive opiate, in cow's and human's milk. Moreover, they also discovered that the protein casein breaks into casomorphins when it is digested, which also produce opiate effects. Since casein is very concentrated in cheese, the level of casomorphins is very high, making cheese a highly addictive food. To learn more please visit Addicted to Cheese? Here's Why:
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/cheese-contains-morphine.html

Animal-based cheeses are certainly not necessary in a healthy diet and can actually be detrimental for our health, since it is high in cholesterol and saturated fats. To make things worse, cheese is the product of the relentless exploitation of dairy cows and their calves. It is the product of pain, fear and suffering. As Christians, we should realize that dairy consumption does not accord with a peaceful and loving lifestyle.


2. This Week’s Famous Quote

“Your life does matter. It always matters whether you reach out in friendship or lash out in anger. It always matters whether you live with compassion and awareness or whether you succumb to distractions and trivia. It always matters how you treat other people, how you treat animals, and how you treat yourself. It always matters what you do. It always matters what you say. And it always matters what you eat.”

― John Robbins, The Food Revolution: How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World


3. High-Fiber Diets Prevent Colon Polyps

Colon polyps, precursors to colon cancer, are found less often in people who regularly eat high-fiber diets, such as legumes, brown rice, cooked green vegetables and dried fruit.

According to a new study comprising 2,818 people, who were followed for 26 years, the risk of polyps was 40 percent lower in those who ate brown rice at least once a week and 33 percent lower among those who eat legumes. Eating dried fruit three times or more a week, compared to less than once a week, was associated with a 26 percent reduced risk. Eating cooked green vegetables once a day or more, vs. less than five times a week, was associated with a 24 percent reduced risk.

To learn more please visit High-Fiber Diets Might Lower Risk for Colon Polyps:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/cancer/articles/2011/08/09/high-fiber-diet-might-lower-risk-for-colon-polyps

It is not surprising that people who eat a well-balanced plant-based diet usually have a much lower rate of cancer than those who eat animal products. It’s simple: the more animal products in our diet, which by the way contain no fiber, the less fiber we consume. Eating a plant-based diet is healthy, delicious and compassionate.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse

(RSV) Matthew 25:45

"Then he will answer them, `Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.'"

Jesus' points out that everyone is our neighbor (I believe God's animals included) and deserves to be treated with kindness. God considers cruelty a sinful act.


5. Derek Tresize: Vegan Bodybuilder

Derek Tresize, a vegan bodybuilder who took third place in his class at the North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation competition this summer, shares in this interview why he decided to transition to a plant-based diet and how his health and performance have improved. Please visit Derek Tresize, Vegan Bodybuilder: Meat Grows Muscles and Cancer:
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/shortorder/2011/09/derek_tresize_vegan_bodybuilde.php

More athletes realize that adopting a plant-based diet is the best choice for them. At the same time, many people upon learning that top-rated athletes succeed in their fields while on veg diets, are able to see through the myths surrounding these diets and look at them from an objective point, which may in turn encourage them to explore veg diets. After all, plant-based diets can be healthful, easily attainable, delicious and cruelty-free!


6. This Week’s Video: Dr. Michael Kapler

Dr. Michael Klaper, American physician and author, explains in this short video the amazing healing properties of a well-balanced plant-based diet. Klaper is known for being a true healer by helping people regain their health, vitality and joy of living.

Please visit Dr. Kapler - Plant-Only Medicine Man and share with friends and family:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilkjHnf2oDo


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