Tracey Eakin
Plant-Based Nutrition Counselor

November 2013

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America's Health
Receives a Poor

Each year for the past seven years, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has conducted a survey of various health statistics for its 34 member nations, one of which is the United States.

The United States ranked below the member average in life expectancy, and higher than the member average in cardiovascular disease mortality, type I and II diabetes prevalence, type I diabetes prevalence in children, childhood overweight and obesity, and dementia.  We are the most obese nation with 36.5% of our nation aged 15 and older classified as obese.

What I found to be particularly interesting is that the United States also ranked higher than any other member nation in the percentage of adults that perceived that they were in good health!

What makes these statistics even more difficult to digest is the fact that the United States spends more on health care, both per person and as a percentage of our gross domestic product, than any other member nation.  In fact, we spend 33% more than the next highest nation.  The United States also spends the most on pharmaceuticals on a per person basis.

To read the OECD's full report or to access the archive of prior year reports, just click on the following link:

FDA Considers Ban on Artificial Trans Fats

On November 7, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination, based on available scientific evidence and the findings of expert scientific panels, that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not generally recognized as safe for use in food.

A sixty day comment period has begun to solicit input and to gain insight into how long it may take food manufacturers of products that currently contain trans fats to remove them from their products.

Trans fats are formed as a by-product of the hydrogenation process, which saturates vegetable oils, which are liquid at room temperature, with hydrogen molecules that make them solid at room temperature.  Hydrogenation is used to extend shelf life and in some cases, to improve flavor.

Trans fats are implicated in increasing LDL cholesterol, decreasing HDL cholesterol, contributing to vascular plaque formation, and promoting cancer.  Trans fat intake has also been associated with overt aggressive behavior, impatience, and irritability.  It may also contribute to depression.

There are small amounts of trans fats in non-hydrogenated vegetable oils, as a result of the refining process, and in animal fat.  Based on the latest available science, trans fats, irrespective of source, animal or industrial, have been found to increase cardiovascular risk, especially in women. 

Currently, foods containing up to 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving are permitted to be listed as 0 grams of trans fat on food nutrition labels.  So to avoid all trans fats, eliminate meat and dairy, refined oils, and anything that lists "partially hydrogenated" in the ingredients list, regardless of what is reported in the Nutrition Facts section of the label.

The National Academies of Science, the most prestigious scientific body in the United States, concluded that the only safe intake of trans fats is zero (and that doesn't mean up to 0.5 grams per serving!).

The FDA press announcement can be found at the following link:


Healthy Hash Brown Casserole
From Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen

This is a great recipe for a special breakfast, brunch, or even dinner.

Susan has asked that her recipes not be replicated so you can find it at the link below:

Is This a Great License Plate or What!!!

Many thanks to Marc Bowman for letting me share this with you.


Be Careful What is Popping at Your House


The artificial butter flavoring diacetyl has been linked not only to the deaths of workers who have handled the chemical but also to serious lung disease in consumers of commerically prepared, butter-flavored microwave popcorn.  The lung disease is called bronchiolitis obliterans and according to Michael Greger, MD, it is generally an irreversible fatal condition where the small airways are essentially obliterated.

Butter-flavored popcorn workers began contracting and dying from what cruelly became known as "popcorn lung".  In addition, Dr. Greger describes the case of a 47-year old woman who ate 3-5 bags per day who can't walk now without losing her breath and is currently awaiting a lung transplant, and a 56-year old man, a non-smoker, who ate 2-3 bags a day until he began coughing up blood.

Watch this disturbing finding in Dr. Greger's video at the link below:

So is there an alternative?  Sure.  You can make popcorn in a hot air popcorn maker or in the microwave.  To microwave, just place popcorn kernals in a brown paper bag and microwave until you hear the popping slow.
For fabulous popcorn toppings, watch Uma Purighalla, MD's suggestions in her video below:


Switch Out This Holiday Season

This holiday season, try to exchange a traditional dish with a similar but healthy substitute.  Examples of possible traditional meal replacements abound on the Internet.  May I suggest searching these ladies' delicious web sites:

Every exchange you can make will be helpful.  It's tough to imagine that the average holiday meal contains about 4,500 calories and over 200 grams of fat!  Yikes!!!

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