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How To Get Fat Without Really Trying

This is a stunning, insightful, and critically important expose of the food industry. Produced and hosted for ABC News by Peter Jennings, it exposes the truth about the deeply disturbing insider ties between the food industry and the government that serves their interests. And it reveals the cost, born by you, me, our economy, and our society, for this egregious violation of the public trust. Although this 45-minute special aired in December of 2003, much of what it exposes is, sadly, still true. That’s why we think it’s so important to tell this story.

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By Kari Hamerschlag • Originally posted on Friends Of the Earth’s Politico Pro

For the first time, U.S. agencies consider a diet for a healthy planet
If the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Committee has its way, America’s dinner plates are about to include a healthy portion of much needed environmental awareness. For the first time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is charged with integrating ecological concerns into its recommendations on what Americans should be eating. The Committee will be deliberating these issues at their fifth public meeting to be held September 16 and 17, the last public meeting before the release of final draft guidelines in early 2015.

The Committee is on the right track
Given the profound impact of what we eat and the general public’s limited knowledge about the widely varying environmental footprint of different foods, I’m thrilled that our government plans to provide direction on food choices that are better for human health and the planet. I am also encouraged by the serious efforts of the Committee to do its homework on this issue.

By Sayer Ji • Originally posted on | Photo by William Ismael

The world’s most extensively researched spice continues to prove itself capable of remarkable therapeutic properties, with the latest study showing it may compensate for one of the plant-based diet’s most heavily debated shortcomings: DHA omega-3 fatty acid deficiency.

Why Turmeric May Boost Vegetarian Brain’s Omega-3 (DHA) Levels, NIH Research Reveals

A fascinating new study on the golden-hued polyphenol found in turmeric root known as curcumin reveals a new mechanism by which this extensively studied phytocompound may alleviate cognitive disorders, especially in vegetarians and vegans.

In the National Institutes of Health funded study titled, “Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders,” researchers found that curcumin enhances the biosynthesis of the essential fatty acid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in the rat brain. DHA deficiency is quite common and can have a wide range of adverse consequences to the optimal functioning of the brain. If this animal study’s results are applicable to human physiology and metabolism, it may contribute significantly to validating the role of vegetarianism or a more plant-centric diet in human nutrition.

Curcumin has been the subject of over 7,000 published studies in the past 45 years, over 1500 of which can be found on the database showing its potential therapeutic value in over 600 health conditions, making it possibly the world’s most important herbal compound.