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Plant-Strong, Strong Faith
August 19, 2013

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

  1. Taco Bell Emphasized on ‘Protein’ and Avoids the Term ‘Meatiness’
  2. Famous Quote: Anonymous
  3. Red Meat Consumption May be Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
  4. Bible verse: Matthew 25:35, 40
  5. Veganism Rising in China
  6. This Week’s Video: Eggs and Cholesterol: Patently False and Misleading Claims

1. Taco Bell Emphasized on ‘Protein’ and Avoids the Term ‘Meatiness’
 
People nowadays don’t equate the word “meat” with healthfulness; therefore, Taco Bell announced that they are making emphasis on “protein” rather than on “meatiness.”

Please visit At Taco Bell, It's Not 'Meat', It's 'Protein':
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-24/at-taco-bell-protein-is-code-for-meat#r=rss
 
Eating God’s animals is becoming less appealing than ever before. It’s not surprising those food companies such as Taco Bell that rely on animal products to make profit are forced to change their tactic. However, the exploitation of animals raised for food can no longer be hidden and at the same time the health benefits of a plant-based diet are learned by more people every day.  


2. This Week’s Famous Quote
 
If eating meat is a choice… why choose cruelty?
 
~ Anonymous


3. Red Meat Consumption May be Linked to Type 2 Diabetes
 
According to a new study published in June in JAMA Internal Medicine eating red meat over time is associated with a higher chance of developing type 2 diabetes, which in the most common type of diabetes. "Our results confirm the robustness of the association between red meat and T2DM (Type 2 Diabetes) and add further evidence that limiting red meat consumption over time confers benefits for T2DM prevention," wrote the authors, who were led by Dr. An Pan, a researcher at the National University of Singapore.

Please visit Eating red meat may boost Type 2 diabetes risk:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57589716/eating-red-meat-may-boost-type-2-diabetes-risk/
 
We are what we eat! Many chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, may be prevented or reversed by showing compassion to God's animals, and therefore, not eating them. Compassion and mercy are certainly healing.


4. This Week’s Bible Verse
 
For Jesus preached, For I was gave me food.… [A]s hungry and you Jesus you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me (Matt. 25:35, 40 RSV). Yet, while tens of millions of people die annually from starvation--related causes and close to a billion suffer from malnutrition, 37 percent of the world’s harvested grain is fed to animals being raised for slaughter; in the United States, the figure is 66 percent.
 
Only a fraction of what chickens, pigs, and other animals eat makes them grow edible flesh—most is needed to simply keep them alive or to grow body parts that people don’t eat. Consequently, farmed animals consume much more food than they produce. Converting plant foods to meat wastes 67–90 percent of the protein, up to 96 percent of the calories, and all of the fiber. Because land, water, and other resources are limited, the world can support many more vegetarians than meat eaters. As worldwide demand for meat has grown, the net effect is that the world’s poor have become increasingly unable to afford food of any kind.


5. Veganism Rising in China
 
Even in China where eating meat is considered a sign of high status, more Chinese are adopting a plant-based diet. They recognize that veg foods are better for the environment and better for our health.

Please visit China's growing vegetarian community now larger than in the U.S.:
http://www.pri.org/stories/science/environment/china-s-growing-vegetarian-community-now-larger-than-in-u-s-14198.html
 
It’s fantastic to learn that an increasing number of people in China are choosing more compassionate, healthier and more sustainable foods. Regardless of people’s faith, the fact that more people are adopting plant-based diets is good for all of God’s Creation.


6. This Weeks Video: Eggs and Cholesterol: Patently False and Misleading Claims
 
The egg industry's claims about egg safety have been found to be patently false, misleading, and deceptive by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Check out this short video by Dr. Greger explaining it: Eggs and Cholesterol: Patently False and Misleading Claims:
http://nutritionfacts.org/video/eggs-and-cholesterol-patently-false-and-misleading-claims/


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