Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Diet Affects Climate Change


Food accounts for 13% of all Greenhouse Gas emissions.
Red meat and dairy are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions from food for an average U.S. household.
Replacing red meat and dairy with chicken, fish, or eggs in your diet for one day per week reduces emissions equal to 760 miles per year of driving.
Switching to vegetables one day per week cuts the equivalent of driving 1160 miles per year.

Learn more: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_11662.cfm
Organic Bytes

Chef Wendell

Monday, April 28, 2008

Calcium vs. Protein

Since Ancient times, animal milk, in one form or another, has been the mainstay of practically every household on earth.

As trusting little tykes we were told that in order to grow up big and strong, we must consume mass quantities of milk and cheese for strong bones. Now that we are aging, we are told the same malarkey. “To prevent osteoporosis, drink bovine milk”. My friends, nothing could be further from the truth!

The generous Universe provided our Holy Temple healthier ways to intake calcium other than from high-protein, high-fat animal products.

There are over 15 plant foods that rival cow’s milk in calcium, plus, no heart-stopping saturated fats, un-Godly growth hormones, or mystery milk from The Cloned ‘Wife-of-Franken-Cow”. We are the only country that drinks milk from cloned animals. A skeptical Europe still requires more testing. America governmental agencies lowered standards to create more profit.
In the new millennium, pasteurized cow’s milk holds no resemblance to the milk we drank 30 years ago. Not only does pasteurization kill the friendly pro-biotic bacteria, it also depletes the nutrient content of the milk. Pasteurized milk loses 66 percent of vitamins A, D and E. Vitamin C loss usually exceeds 50 percent. Heat trashes water soluble vitamins and can make them 38 percent to 80 percent less effective. Vitamins B6 and B12 are completely annihilated during pasteurization. Pasteurization also destroys beneficial enzymes, antibodies and hormones. Pasteurization destroys lipase (an enzyme that breaks down fat), which impairs fat metabolism and the ability to properly absorb fat soluble vitamins A and D. The dairy industry is aware so they ‘fortify’ it with a contrived version of vitamin D. http://www.westonaprice.org/transition/dairy.html

Homogenization has been linked to heart disease and atherosclerosis.
“Calcium and Protein are mixture for disaster” says. Dr. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., professor of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, is the Director of the China-Oxford Cornell Study, the largest study of diet and disease in medical history. His findings: High animal calcium and animal protein intake is the primary cause of degenerative disease.

On the other milk stool, higher calcium and protein intake is purported to lower the incidence of osteoporosis, according to the Dairy Council and those dietitians who refuse to study the medical literature that is not in accordance with the Dairy Industry's Commandments.
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) complained to the Federal Trade Commission, those emotional ads for milk and milk products are deceptive. They imply that calcium in milk is the answer to the bone loss caused by osteoporosis. PCRM holds that while calcium intake is important during early childhood, and does influence bone mass, there are alternative sources, besides animal products, such as fruits, vegetables and grains to achieve our required calcium requirements.

Dr. Neal Bernard, M.D., president of PCRM, states that "dairy ads give women a dangerously false sense of security." Plus, it sets trusting folks up for Heart Disease. Udder nonsense!
Plant sources of Calcium: ¼ cup sesame seeds; 351 mg, 1 cup of lightly cooked spinach; 245 mg, Blackstrap molasses; 137 mg, Kelp: 1 cup; 136 mg, 2 tbs. Tahini: 126 mg, 2 cups of broccoli; 124 mg, 1 cup boiled chard; 102 mg, 1 cup of Kale; 136 mg, 2 ounces of Brazil nuts; 90 mg, 2 cups of celery; 87 mg.

Don’t have a cow. As you can see, plant calcium adds up over the course of the day, so mix it up and obtain your calcium from Natures’ generous Apothecary plus a calcium with magnesium supplement.

Chef Wendell

Tuesday, April 22, 2008


Strawberries 4-16-04

It’s no big secret that Strawberries are America's favorite fruit.
There’s nothing more delightful than sharing a bowl a deep red, just-picked, sun-kissed strawberries on a warm spring day.

Were you hip that delicious, low-calorie Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring? Strawberries are brimming with vitamin C, colon cleansing fiber, calcium, phosphorous, potassium selenium, Folate and Vitamin A. One cup of strawberries contains a mere 55 calories. Who needs a vitamin pill?

Ounce for ounce, heart-shaped strawberries contain more Vitamin C than citrus fruits. The American Cancer Society says foods rich in vitamin C may lower the risk of cancers of the GI tract. But, please wash them in a mild soapy water solution before eating them. They have a high amount of field residue and pesticide on them. California’s Watson Valley produces the Lion’s share of America’s berries, but they aggressively spray them with cancerous chemicals. Wash, wash, and wash them first in body-temperature water with a drop of dish washing liquid. Better yet, buy local fresh berries and support the local economy. To enjoy strawberries to the max, strawberries must be picked and enjoyed when ripe. A great smoothie can be made from orange juice blended with fresh strawberries and a half a banana. God’s apothecary never fails.

Are your kids part of the over 53% of seven to nine year olds picked strawberries as their favorite fruit. They are? Give them a gold star. Most of us, however, plead guilty to consuming strawberries only when the annual spring pleasure of shortcake and, gag, Cool Whip are served atop those nasty Twinkiesque, spongy shortcakes made with chemicals.
Isn’t that the berries?

What about Strawberry Jam you say? Read the ingredient label and note how much ‘toxic’ sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup is added. Instead, seek Smuckers ‘no-sugar-added’ jellies. Last spring Sandi and I tasted some ripe, organic strawberries. They tasted just like strawberry Jam. Store bought berries with white shoulders are tasteless and contain little or know vitamins. California produces one billion pounds of strawberries each year. The US strawberry industry hulls in $1.2 billion dollars annually

Plucked in California or Florida weeks ago, they ceased developing. Due to short-sighted Mono-Crop Factory Farming, it would take three times the amount of fruit and vegetables today to provide our Holy Temple with the same nutrients we got 30 years ago,… from the same amount. Instead, synthetic chemicals are used and fields are not allowed to go fallow. Not what Creation intended.

Regardless, we should all attempt to eat strawberries, the only fruit with its seeds on the outside, year round for their health enhancing properties. Do not wash the strawberries before storing them. Wait until you plan to eat them to rinse them off to ensure freshness.
How I long for a mouth-watering slice or two of Mom’s warm Strawberry-Rhubarb pie. Raw and fresh, however, is unsurpassed in the flavor and nutrition category.

Peace Love and Understanding

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Weekly Health Column to Start Soon

Beginning very soon, I will be writing my weekly column in this space. My friends in Carmel and Westfield will not longer read my column in their area, so I am making it available on-line. This is my mentor, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. "First do no harm"

Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Chef Wendell


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Pigs. vs. Man for Water

Thought for the day: Pigs are smarter than dogs.
“Pork farmers are … a greater threat than Al Qaeda or Osama Bin Laden.”
— Waterkeeper Alliance president Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., at the Hog Summit in Clear Lake.
www. Iowawww.activistcash.com/biography.cfm/bid/3158
Read and head.
Chef Wendell