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CVA Blog
Monday, May 14, 2007

The Benefits of a Plant-based Diet

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

1. Elle Magazine Addresses Veganism

2. Famous quote – Ellen White (1827 –1915), Seventh Day Adventists co-founder

3. New PCRM website

4. Bible verse – Colossians 4:5-6 

5. Fish Good for the Heart? Think again! 

6. Vegetarian Cuisine More Popular 

1. Elle Magazine Addresses Veganism:  An article titled “The Carnivore’s Dilemma” in the most recent issue of Elle magazine addresses the issues surrounding meat-eating (health, animals and the environment) as well as the popular myths surrounding veganism (not enough protein intake, low in calcium, etc.).

The authors highlight the benefits of a plant-based diet and even try it themselves. They mention Michael Pollan's "The Omnivores Dilemma", Anna Lappe's and Bryant Terry's "Grub" and “The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter” by ethicists Peter Singer and Jim Mason.

To read the full article please visit Elle Magazine - The Carnivore's Dilemma  

2. "The moral evils of a flesh diet are not less marked than are the physical ills. Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind and the soul. Think of the cruelty to animals meat-eating involves, and its effect on those who inflict and those who behold it. How it destroys the tenderness with which we should regard those creatures of God!"
~ Ellen White
(1827 –1915), Seventh Day Adventists co-founder 

3. New PCRM website:  The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) has release its new website, which helps consumers and health care professionals understand the links between healthy eating habits and good health. It provides healthful recipes, tips on healthy weight management, in-depth information about heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions, and much more. Share it with friends and family and help spread the word about the benefits of a plant-based diet for all of God’s Creation. 

4. (RSV) Colossians 4:5-6  "Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one."

Our witness to the love of Christ for all Creation is effective when communicating in a respectful, gracious and loving way. When we share with others how a plant-based diet honors God's Creation let's remember to do it in peace, love and harmony. 

5. Fish Good for the Heart? Think again!  A new study in the May issue of the American Journal of Cardiology suggests that fish consumption does not improve heart health or prevent coronary heart disease since the supposed heart benefits associated with a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids from fish likely result from the convergence of higher fish intakes with overall healthier dietary patterns, rather than any specific benefit of omega-3 fatty acids from fish. The study tracked nutritional data for 1,441 Americans over nine years.

To read the full article please visit Fish does not protect the heart, study says  

6. Vegetarian Cuisine More Popular:  According to Dennis Bayomi, president of, there are 1,000 to 1,200 vegetarian restaurants in the U.S., almost double the number seven years ago. This increase seems to be due to an expanding global pantry and advances in cooking that allow chefs to prepare proteins such as tofu with a taste and texture similar to meat.

To read the full article please visit Vegetarian cuisine gains mainstream momentum

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