by Micaela Karlsen PhD, MSPH

Careers in Plant-Based Nutrition: Options for Action in an Emerging Field

We need you. We have never before been faced with so much overweight, chronic disease, and associated emotional and financial ill effects of the standard American diet. We have much to do if we are to turn this situation around, and fortunately, many paths lead to positive change. If you feel an inner calling to get involved, responding effectively will both create personal fulfillment and allow you to make a crucial positive difference...

Achieving a Healthy Weight Demystified

PLANT-BASED PRACTICE: Because the closer we are to eating a complete whole food, plant-based diet, the less risk for overweight and disease, choose fiber-filling whole plant foods such as whole vegetables, fruits, grains and legumes (beans) and minimal amounts of nuts and seeds, and use minimally processed foods such as plant milks, tofu, whole grain cereals, pastas and sauces. Incorporate salads and greens into daily meals, choose oat or whole grain porridge for breakfasts, and take a vitamin B-12 supplement.

Powders, Extracts, Oils, and Juices

They’re all around us — goji berries, chia seeds, maca, pomegranates, and the list goes on. Certain individual foods are labeled “superfoods” by the food industry and so the concentrated powders, extracts, oils, and juices of these foods are then marketed as beneficial because of their supposed special effects. The claims around these concentrated forms of certain foods include “improves vitality,” “wards off disease,” or even “boosts libido.” The modern shopper is hopelessly confused as he or she tries to match a host of products with a wide array of specific desired benefits.

Avoiding Rubber Numbers

Of all the challenges we face when sifting through the contradictory messages on nutrition and health, one of the most menacing is the influence of industry on academia and scientific research. What are we supposed to think when the National Dairy Council proclaims that milk aids in weight loss? Most people don’t know how to evaluate whether or not a research study was well-conducted and trustworthy. How are we supposed to react when our doctors tell us a certain pharmaceutical drug offers a big risk reduction for tumor growth?

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