Home Page
About Us
Calendar of Events
Columbia County
Picture Book

Topical Subjects


Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc.
38 East Market Street, Rhinebeck, New York 12572 USA -  845-876-2626
Vegetarian - Vegan - Animal Rights - Health - Nutrition - Environment

The mission of the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society, Inc. is to promote the vegetarian ethic in the Mid-Hudson (New York) region, educate the community and aid anyone in the pursuit of a totally vegetarian (vegan) cruelty-free and healthful lifestyle.

Articles - Letters - and More

For Evelyn Gezo, Poughkeepsie Journal

To: Evelyn Gezo
Re: Your June 20th column in the Poughkeepsie Journal.
From: Roberta Schiff, president, Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society

Your column entitled Program Gives Tips on Better Heath Habits makes reference to the American Heart Association's Start program. Some good advice is located there such as the importance of exercise and the value of eating whole grains, vegetables and fruit. However they advocate consumption of meat and dairy which contributes to heart disease (and cancer, strokes and diabetes). In the section where they advocate consuming less that 300 mg. per day of foods with cholesterol, they don't follow with a list of those foods. Yes, there are still many people who are not aware that only animal foods have cholesterol.

You advocate grilling as a way to prepare meats in the summer. It is well known that grilling produces carcinogens in animal food (I first learned this in the 1970's before I was aware of all the other health risks and the cruelty involved in factory farming). People who take this advice and grill meat, fish and poultry often are putting themselves and their families at risk. Grilling vegetables and fruit which you also endorse, does not produce carcinogens.

An omission that I see is that you do not reference the high amount of sugar, especially in the form of high fructose corn syrup. I do not need to tell you that it is in so many processed food and drinks, even the "juice type" drinks that parents may perceive as healthful. There is evidence that the consumption of large amounts of this substance is a contributor to the obesity epidemic in adults and children. And many consume even more of these products in warm weather.

I would appreciate a personal reply.

We look forward to hearing from you

This site is maintained by:
The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation

Since date.gif (991 bytes)