Where Do You Get Your Protein On A Raw Vegan Diet?

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Where Do You Get Your Protein On A Raw Vegan Diet?

Check out this classic video from the Food N Sport youtube channel.

In this video, Dr Doug Graham is asked whether you can get enough protein on a raw vegan diet.  His answer is surpising, and in just less than 8 minutes you will be assured you can get enough protein from a raw vegan diet.

He references some information from the International Olympic Committee.

Check it out and let up know what you think!

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RESPONSE: ‘I’d a raw vegan birthday cake and was miserable, now I’m taking on the clean-eating brigade

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RESPONSE: ‘I’d a raw vegan birthday cake and was miserable, now I’m taking on the clean-eating brigade

 

This is a response to the following article:

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/life/weekend/id-a-raw-vegan-birthday-cake-and-was-miserable-now-im-taking-on-the-cleaneating-brigade-36800559.html

Dr John MacDougall said it best:

“People love to hear GOOD THINGS about their BAD HABITS”

In the diet industry, authors are handed large advances from publishers to do just that. In the article above, a newly published author is “fighting back” against the “clean eating brigade”. She is not fighting against terrorism, against human trafficking or against poverty and starvation around the world.

No, no, my friends.

This noble warrior is fighting back against that most heinous of crimes: “clean eating”

Because, of course, there are just too many healthy people in this world.  Too many fruit and vegetable guzzling maniacs, getting to bed at 9pm and up at 5am for their 10 mile run followed by yoga and meditation.  Avoiding all the vices of the world; cigarettes, alohol, drugs and casual sex in favour of saying their prayers and eating their vitamins.

But seriously, where is the fight?

Dr Doug Graham used to say “The war on drugs is over.  The drugs won!”

Well, the war on Junk Food is over.  The Junk food has well and truly won.

The idea that there needs to be a fight against clean eating is so preposterous it’s not even worth thinking about.  This phrase “clean eating” has taken on a negative connotation.  It is connected with eating disorders like orthorexia, anorexia and bulimia.  It is connected with an obsession with what one is eating and obsession with going to the gym and how you look.

Of course, these are not good things.

But it is not raw vegans that are obsessed with their food.  It is the junk foodists that are obsessed with food.  Food is the main and sometimes the only pleasure in their life.  People eat badly at the expense of feeling good and looking good.  They eat badly and put themselves at huge risk of disease.  It goes beyond obsession, it is an addiction.

The thing that we all know about addiction is that an addict never admits to being addicted.  They don’t admit to the power that their addiction has over them.  They are in complete denial.  They are also in complete denial about how bad the addiciton is for them.

If you question their decision to carry on with the addiction they often become very angry.  Food is such a sensitive subject!

But tell them good things about their addictions and they will love you for it.

For me, I think it is much more compassionate, much nobler and much more important to give people reasons why they must change rather than encouraging them to stay on a deadly path.

What’s The Real Reason Someone Is Miserable When They Are Eating “Clean”?

Well, just because someone is eating clean does not necessarily mean they are eating healthy.  We would have to know exactly what they were eating.  If they were eating raw perhaps they were not eating enough carbohydrates and too much fat.  Did they ever get any good coaching or advice on thriving on a raw vegan diet?  We don’t really know but it seems unlikely.

One big reason a person might be miserable is that they don’t have a community or support network.  She mentions leaving lectures late so she wouldn’t have to go to the pub.  I have known raw vegans who have went back to eating the standard diet simply to fit in with the friends that they are around.

It is really hard to stay on a raw vegan path in a world in which is going in the opposite direction.  We have a desire to be part of the crowd and to be like everyone else.  We all want to fit in.  There is nothing wrong with that, but do we really want to fit in at the expense of our health?

Sometimes I have reflected on my life and wondered how different it would have been if I had made different health decisions.

 

Like, if I have started drinking with my friends when I was 16.  My youth would have probably been completely different and maybe a lot more fun.  Perhaps I would have had more friends, more girlfriends, made more connections that would have helped in various career paths.

I honestly don’t know.  I have chosen to stay on a healthy path and continue to advance down it.  I like to think that the best of my life is yet to come and that if I stay healthy I will be able to enjoy that so much more.  The sacrifices of eating “clean” will not really seem like sacrifices then.

Let me share a vision:

I want to wake up in a beautiful house, surrounded by fruit trees, not too far from the ocean.  Fresh morning air breezes through the room.  I am surrounded in community with friends, family and colleagues who all thrive on a raw vegan diet and live in close harmony with nature.

Is that not a wonderful vision for the future?

I just can’t imagine how depressing it would be to give that up in favour of going to dark and depressing pubs and gorging on fast food every day, getting fatter and sicker in the process.

Clean Eating Is The Way To Go!

If there is to be any fightback, it is a fight against the fast food companies, the pharmaceutical companies and the various lobbies that allow them to continue to promote disease-causing products to billions of people every day. The fight is to help the human race wake up and go vegan to avoid a complete environmental catastrophe on this planet.

I don’t really see it as “clean eating” I see it as “eating”.  Or “common sense eating”.  It makes no sense to continue to eat something to excess that you know will kill you eventually.  It makes no sense to eat things that lead to the environment being harmed.  It makes no sense to subsidise an industry which kills billions of animals every year when we have no requirement or true desire to eat animals.

Clean eating should not be strange it should be the norm!

Don’t Let The Diet Gurus Scare You

Diet and nutrition is really simple.  Fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods, whatever you do, eat as many of those as you can.  Then eat more.

There is no other healthy diet plan.  There is no science to suggest you should eat eggs, cheese, bread, pizza, meat, fish, processed foods, salt, sugar, coffee or alcohol for your health.  There is plenty of noise and confusion created by the food industries and the authors that are supporting them.

Break free of the nonsense.  Go raw vegan to give up all your food addictions and embrace a healthy life for the future!

 

 

 

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Women Who Eat Very Little Fruit Find It Harder To Get Pregnant

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Women Who Eat Very Little Fruit Find It Harder To Get Pregnant

A new article has just been published on CNN:

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/04/health/pregnancy-fruits-fast-food-study/index.html

It references a study from the journal of Human Reproduction and states:

“Those who ate fruit less than three times a month took half a month longer to become pregnant than those who ate fruit three or more times a day in the month before conception. Similarly, women who consumed fast food four or more times a week took nearly a month longer than the women who ate several portions of fruit a day.”

It goes on to say:

“When the researchers looked at the effects of diet on infertility, they found that in women with the lowest intake of fruit, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 12%, and in those who ate fast food four or more times a week, the risk of infertility increased from 8% to 16%.”
However, they did not study the impact of the father’s diet:
“An admitted weakness of the study, the researchers noted, was that they did not collect dietary information from the fathers.
“A recent review on male diet and fertility markers indicated that higher intake of fruits and vegetables was associated with increased sperm motility whereas a higher intake of fat-rich foods and sweets may decrease semen quality,” Grieger and her co-authors wrote.”
So there you have it.  More reasons to eat more fruit!
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Fruit: The Most Misunderstood Food

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Fruit: The Most Misunderstood Food

by Dr Doug Graham

From the earliest of written history, fruit has played a key role in human health. It was the main food consumed in the proverbial Garden of Eden for an untold number of years. During the Golden Age of Man some 2500 years ago, fruit was the predominant food. This period of time in ancient Greece fostered the development of a hugely disproportional number of history’s greatest thinkers, philosophers, artists, and athletes.

Fruit has always been recognized as health food, and still firmly holds that esteemed position. The old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” has been replaced by “Eat fruit every day, the five-a-day way,” indicating that the benefits of eating fruit are being more fully recognized. Our government, the health industry, the AMA, nutritionists, dietitians, and every disease-control organization that offers nutritional advice suggest that we eat more fruit.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the coin, there are people who literally shun fruit and others who are actually afraid of eating fruit. A few leaders in the raw food movement actually have suggested that we should learn to live without eating fruit at all. Obviously, someone is mistaken. Let’s see if we can discover where the error rests.

“The last thing I ate was fruit”

In the mainstream world, it is not uncommon for people to say to me that they cannot eat fruit because it upsets their stomach. When I ask how they determined this, they tell me it was easy: I tried that fruit in the morning thing, and right away I got an upset stomach.

I try explaining that it is very likely that the food they ate the night before is still in their stomach, and that pouring orange juice or other fruit on top of this food is likely to result in a fermenting mess, a “combo-abombo”. I suggest waiting until the stomach is truly empty before adding in fresh fruit for better results. Still, since fruit was the last thing consumed before the indigestion ensued, fruit very often takes the blame.

Similarly, in the raw food movement, fruit takes the blame for problems it did not cause. Based on calculations from personal and professional observations, the average raw fooder consumes 65% or more of his or her calories from fat.

The fat is mainly derived from eating meals calorically dominated by oils, avocados, nuts, seeds, nut and seed butters, coconuts, and olives. This is over half again more than the national average of 42%. On a diet that is so predominated by fat, blood levels of this nutrient tend to run extremely high. High blood fat results in high blood sugar, as sugars cannot exit the blood well when blood-fat levels are elevated. Under this scenario, the pancreas and the adrenal glands are forced to work harder to lower blood sugar levels down towards normal.

This causes the organs and glands to eventually become fatigued and eventually fail. This will lead to great swings in blood sugar levels known as hyper and hypoglycemia and, eventually, diabetes and chronic fatigue. The hypoglycemia develops as a result of excessive insulin production. The thyroid gland soon follows suit, for it is stimulated by the adrenals and will often become hypo-functional as the adrenal glands weaken. Other hormonal issues, cancer, heart disease, and most digestive disorders are also known to be caused by the over consumption of fat.

So how does fruit take the blame Many of the above-mentioned symptoms and conditions do not become apparent unless fruit is consumed. Unstable blood sugar levels are often seen immediately following the consumption of even small quantities of fruit when the consumer is on a high-fat diet.

However, almost every condition for which fruit is named the culprit is actually caused by the high-fat diet. While raw food movement leaders continue to blame fruit for a wide assortment of health problems, I must agree with them that these effects will occur as long as the consumer is on a high-fat diet.

Avoiding fruit is not the answer as it is not the guilty party. In fact, it is insufficient fruit consumption that leads raw fooders to consume higher-than-healthy levels of fat. The simple sugars in fruit, namely glucose and fructose, are essential. They are the precise fuel used by all of our body’s cells.

“I get so hungry when I eat only fruit.”

One of the most common complaints related to fruit is the idea that fruit’s satiating power is not lasting. “I tried that fruit in the morning thing and about an hour later I was starving,” is about the way the story usually goes. At first glance, this may look like a valid indictment of fruit’s inadequacy as a meal, but the situation deserves a bit more investigation. When I ask the nature of the fruit meal, I am usually told, “I had an orange, or a slice of melon, a banana, or some grapes.”

For most people, a typical breakfast usually contains close to 750 calories. A medium sized piece of fruit averages about 75 calories. When we eat a breakfast of just a piece of fruit or two, we are eating only 10-20% of the calories that we previously did, thus we feel empty and low on energy. Even if the goal is weight loss, this is too extreme a reduction to be satiating, maintainable, or nutritionally adequate.

When explaining that fruit has a lower caloric density than all other foods except for vegetables and therefore, fruit must be eaten in greater volume if one endeavors to consume sufficient calories, there is sometimes a glimmer of comprehension before the curtain of dismissal falls again. “Yeah, but how much fruit can I eat at one sitting? You’re telling me to eat more than one slice of a melon or two bananas?” “Yes,” I say.

We can train ourselves to comfortably eat satisfying fruit meals, allowing ourselves to actually eat fruit until completely satiated. This could mean that you eat an entire melon for breakfast, or six, twelve, or even a greater number of bananas for lunch. There are three main factors involved in feeling satiated, and here is how fruit figures into each:

It is very likely that as a child you heard your mom say, “Don’t eat sweets before your meal, it will spoil your appetite.” In effect, she was explaining that fruits are a satiating food, although she may have been speaking of candy or other less acceptable foods at the time.

Even a small rise in blood sugar to the above-normal range results in a satiated feeling. Fruit certainly supplies the necessary sugars for such a rise, and hence, is very satiating. This is why many people are initially satisfied to eat just a small amount of fruit.

Another reason why fruit eating results in satiation is its high content of essential nutrients. The nutritional composition of fruit comes closer to mimicking the full spectrum of human nutrient needs than that of any other food group. Also, the nutrients in fruit are the most easily accessed and absorbed, because fruit requires less digestion than do other foods.

Many of the nutrients in fruit require no digestion at all; they are readily absorbed. These include, but are not limited to: water, sugar, minerals, vitamins, and many phytonutrients. Although not digestible, the fiber in fruit is soft and soluble and thus gentle on the delicate membranes of the digestive tract while affording relatively easy access to the nutrients it encapsulates. These factors combine to make fruit the most satiating of foods.

Last but not least, our level of satiation is directly related to the volume of food we consume. As such, in order to feel satiated, we must ingest a significant volume of food. All of our essential nutrients can be concentrated into a tablet or cube and consumed in just a few bites.

While some experts may consider such a concentrated meal to be nutritionally complete, research has repeatedly shown that people are not satisfactorily satiated because of the meager volume. Exactly because of its low caloric density, fruit perfectly supplies satiating volumes of food per meal.

In fact, for many people who have become accustomed to the commonly consumed low-volume, fat-rich meals, deriving satisfaction from a meal of all fruit at first typically poses a seemingly insurmountable volume challenge. “My stomach can’t hold all of that!” people believe.

Yet, if they take the challenge and stick with it for a few days, they will learn they can eat sufficient quantities, and they will feel satisfied and reap the benefits of improved health.

Fruit makes the ideal meal

It takes a bit of practice to learn how much fruit is sufficient for a meal which will satiate for several hours until the next meal. It is equally true that a mental adjustment is required in order to expand one’s understanding of how much fruit is actually appropriate at a meal. With sufficient experience, one’s ability to consume extremely satisfying fruit meals will grow to become one of life’s great pleasures. After all, fruit is health food. Anyone interested in attaining, maintaining, and gaining increased health should consider consuming fruit as their predominant food.

If you would like to learn more from Dr Doug Graham you can visit foodnsport.com

He will also be appearing at the UK Fruitfest from the 25th to the 29th of July at Croft Farm Waterpark, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.  Register now to take advantage of early bird pricing.

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New juice range made from wonky fruit and veg aims to cut waste

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New juice range made from wonky fruit and veg aims to cut waste

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/01/new-juice-range-made-from-wonky-fruit-and-veg-aims-to-cut-waste

A new story has just been published about a range of juice being made from “wonky fruit”:

It states:

One of the UK’s largest fresh produce growers has teamed up with a Spanish fruit supplier to create a new product, Waste Not, which will stop edible but visually ‘imperfect’ ingredients such as fresh celery, beetroot and oranges from being dug back into the soil, or used for animal feed. The new juices will go on sale in branches of Tesco.

The move is one of a growing number of innovations to reduce food waste throughout the supply chain, following criticism of supermarkets and suppliers that perfectly good food is being thrown out while UK consumers are relying increasingly on food banks.

It goes on to say:

Supermarket chains have been selling ‘wonky veg’ ranges for some time, at discounted prices to make them more appealing to consumers. In April, Morrisons added wonky chillies to its misshapen fruit and veg range – the same heat and flavour but costing 39% less than standard chillies. Defects include missing stalks, imperfect colour and extreme curves. 

Meanwhile, companies such as Rubies in the Rubble specialise in making chutneys and sauces from surplus ingredients that would otherwise go to waste, and in May is launching a new range of ‘vegan-friendly mayonnaise’ (made from aquafaba, the liquid in tinned chick peas) through Ocado.

Soft fruit, root vegetables and salad are particularly prone to waste. One in 10 strawberries in the UK ended up as waste according to a recent study by the government’s food waste reduction advisory body Wrap – equivalent to 10,000 tonnes and valued at £24m. And one in five lettuces were unharvested, with 38,000 tonnes lost with a value of £7m.

It truly seems like an awful lot of fruit is getting wasted simply for not looking right.  This is a great solution to this problem.

An added bonus is that the juices will be “cold pressed” and therefore as close to raw and unprocessed as possible.  They will also be cheaper than the average juice:

All the fruit and vegetables in the drinks will be cold-pressed – which involves squeezing the juice in small batches instead of heat-pasteurising it. Putting the juice under high pressure in this way maintains freshness.

At £1.50 per 250ml bottle, the range will undercut the premium prices typically charged in the ‘trendy’ cold-press juice drink market and it is hoped that within the first 12 weeks of going on sale will save around 3.5 tonnes of surplus or waste fruit and vegetables.

“These juice drinks are the latest way that we are helping tackle food waste by ensuring as much of the crop as possible gets used,” said Tesco prepared fruit buyer Jo Batty. “The fruit and vegetables being used in the range fall outside the specifications for fresh produce and offer shoppers a great taste.”

What do you think?  Leave your comment below.

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Healing From Eating Disorders On A Raw Vegan Diet

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Healing From Eating Disorders On A Raw Vegan Diet

This video is an interview from a few years ago with Professor Rosalind Graham.  It is about the subject of eating disorders and in particular how she believes people can heal from eating disorders with a raw vegan diet.

Rosalind will be speaking at the UK Fruitfest this year and often gets the best feedback of any of the presenters.  People simply love to here her speak.

Here is a little bit about Rosalind:

For nearly 30 years Rosalind Graham has been a leading light in the field of healthful and compassionate living, inspiring thousands of people throughout the world. Her depth of knowledge and understanding in the areas of raw vegan health, Natural Hygiene and emotional well-being have earned her international acclaim.  

As someone who has been eating an exclusively raw vegan diet and practising the Natural Hygiene lifestyle for more than half her life, Rosalind has a wealth of personal experience. In recognition of her work within the Natural Hygiene movement, Rosalind has been invited to become the vice president of Healthful Living International.

Rosalind was previously engaged as a lecturer of nutrition, health science and fitness concepts at Middlesex University London where she taught students of dance how to maximise their health and performance. This work led to her in-depth studies and research into all type of disordered eating. For decades she has worked helping sufferers from all manner of eating difficulties regain their physical and psychological health: as she has also studied psychology and undergone training in counselling skills.  

Rosalind’s many other prestigious appointments have included being employed by the Royal Navy as a consultant and lecturer in fitness, health and nutrition and also as Course Director of Nutrition Studies for The College of Naturopathic and Complementary Medicine in London.   

Passionate about teaching, Rosalind presentaion skills and dedication to quality teaching culminated in  her working for three years as verifier for the Royal Society of Arts.

Rosalind founded and directed her own business ‘Health Unlimited’ and has lectured wordwide on the science and art of health creation and compassionate living. She has worked as a consultant in fitness, health and nutrition in the private, public and corporate sectors. Recently, Rosalind has also been doing voluntary work helping teenage girls regain their mental health after being victims of social media abuse.  

Rosalind’s knowledge and professional experience within the fitness industry are extensive.  For 10 years, she held the position of senior course director for fitness professional teacher training for London Central YMCA in the disciplines of: exercise to music, ante and postnatal exercise, aqua exercise and access courses for healthcare professionals and she specialises in exercise for older adults..  For nearly a decade, she was also an assessor for the RSA fitness qualifications and was a mentor of staff development for the Exercise Training and Development Department. In addition to this, Rosalind held the position of National Senior Director of Post Graduate Training for Fitness Professionals in the UK.

For several years, Rosalind ran weekly rehabilitation classes for young stroke survivors.

Rosalind has written extensively and was commissioned to write a book on fitness and health for older adults buy the Daily Telegraph. She was also author and consultant for the Readers Digest on the topics of nutrition and health. In addition, she has written for many publications including ‘Exercise’, Pro-Link, The Hygienist, Top Sante, Retirement Today, The Journal of the European Vegetarian Union and many others.  Rosalind was also a regular columnist for The Fresh Network magazine, Living Nutrition magazine and Healthful Living International’s E-news. She has also written and had published her own inspiring children’s book ‘Mable and the Label’.

Rosalind’s presentation experience is far too extensive to site here but includes being interviewed on International Television News in the UK and numerous appearances on television in the USA.  For many months, Rosalind had a regular health slot on Southern Counties Radio UK and gave two appearances on the Radio 1 Roadshow, the second of which being to a live audience of 75,000. She has been interviewed on a vast number of occasions in various states throughout the USA and extensively throughout Europe.

For many years, Rosalind was, on many occasions, the keynote speaker for the North American Vegetarian Society annual Summerfest at Johnstown University in Pittsburg Pennsylvania presenting a vast variety of topics to over 1000 delegates.  She has also presented at Georgetown University Washington D.C. Loyola College Baltimore, Evergreen State College, Seattle Washington, the University of North Carolina and Doubletree in Fort Lauderdale. She was also the guest and keynote speaker on numerous different topics related to nutrition, fitness and health at the World Vegetarian Congress held in the USA and, on two separate occasions, the European Vegetarian Congress in Busselengo Italy and Widnau Switzerland. Rosalind has also presented for the British Natural Hygiene Society at Regents College and at the Royal Holloway University London.

For nearly a decade, Rosalind was on continual international lecture tour including presentations in Hawaii, Australia, Costa Rica, the USA and extensively throughout Europe. The extent of Rosalind’s knowledge and experience in the field of health creation enable her to take a truly comprehensive approach to her teaching.

Since the birth of her beautiful raw vegan daugher, 13 years ago, Rosalind has become passionate about compassionate parenting; believing that future world peace depends upon how we parent our children today.

Others have said of Rosalind:

“Rosalind is a dynamic speaker who captivates her audience and leads them on an exciting and powerful journey into the realms of  Nutritional Science. Rosalind keeps her audience spellbound through her use of analogy and story-telling as she illustrates complex scientific information about the functions of the body. Rosalind is warm, witty, charming, intelligent and a perfect representative of health and well-being.  She makes science sexy!”

Cherie Soria, Founder and Director of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute and author of “Angel Foods; Healthy Recipes for Heavenly Bodies

Each person seems to feel as if you are having a personal, and very valuable, conversation with him/her, and you answer every question with a wonderful combination of kindness, respect, and technical accuracy and completeness. Your presentations provide great value to anyone seeking to understand health, not only in terms of nutrition and exercise but also in terms of the relationship between emotions and well being.”

Larry LeVine Founder, South Bay Living Food Community Founder and former President, Institute for Vibrant Living

“Rosalind is the perfect combination of heart and mind.  Her teaching opens people up to possibilities they had never even considered.  I think parts of us wake up when she lovingly teaches us that all of who we are is worth sharing.  I have been in her sessions as a participant and a co-leader and both were amazing experiences.”

Rae Sikora –  Founder and Director – Centre for Compassionate Living,

“Rosalind is dynamic, energetic and extremely knowledgeable.  She can take a complicated subject like exercise physiology and explain it so anyone can understand it.  I’ve seen her work with audiences and her charm and sense of humour plus her ability to speak to the individual no matter how large the audience, is delightful and inspirational to watch.  Rosalind is definitely a top notch speaker and educator.”

Roe Gallo – author ‘Perfect Body’ – California

Come And Learn From Rosalind At The UK Fruitfest This Year

Rosalind will be delivering a complete programme on health with her lectures at this years UK Fruitfest.  She is a speaker that is not to be missed and rarely gives talks in public now due to family commitments.

I have seen almost a whole roomful of people crying at the end of one of her talks, it was so powerful!

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A Rotting Durian Fruit Prompted a Gas Leak Scare and Evacuations on a Melbourne College Campus

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A Rotting Durian Fruit Prompted a Gas Leak Scare and Evacuations on a Melbourne College Campus

A new story has just been released on Time.com:

“Fears of a gas leak caused around 500 students and staff to be evacuated from a university library in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.

But instead of poisonous vapors, the 40 firefighters and specialists called to the scene found a rotting durian fruit stashed in a cupboard, according to the Herald Sun.

Melbourne’s Metropolitan Fire Brigade had sent out an alert about a possible chemical hazard at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology after the smell of gas was reported at the campus library.

A fire brigade spokesperson told the Sun that the odorous Southeast Asian fruit set off alarms after it filtered through the air conditioning.”

Durians are unfairly categorised as smelling foul.  People say they smell of onions, old socks, B.O, vomit and other horrific smells.

Thought they had a very strong smell, I have never found it to be an offensive smell.

There is nothing better than cycling past a Durian stand in the sun and letting the smell hit you.  It’s a delight!

As for the taste, it is such a unique and incredible tasting fruit.  It really has no comparison.

To learn more about all things Durian, head over to my friend Lindsay’s site “Year Of The Durian”

You can find it here: yearofthedurian.com

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This Video Made Me Go Raw Vegan

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Around about September 2011, I had just come back from a trip to New York with my then girlfriend.

I remember she asked “Would you ever go back to New York?” and I said “Probably not”

A week later I was back home scrolling through facebook when a friend posted a film called Earthlings.  At that time I was vegetarian but I had noticed that I was slowly moving away from the last remaining animal products in my diet.

I was ready to watch this film and it really shocked me.  I decided to go vegan immediately.

This brought up a lot of questions.  How do you go Vegan?  What do you eat?  How do you get enough protein?

I started to research on youtube and I came across a video with an intriguing title:

“The Protein Myth”

I had always been into conspiracy theories so the idea that our need to eat animal products to get protein being a myth was compelling to me.  I watched the video and I was stunned.

It is just a short excerpt from a talk with US Masters Runner of the Year Tim Van Orden

He says that people always ask him “where do you get your protein?”.  They assume it is from nuts and seeds, legumes or soy.

The he says that he doesn’t eat ANY of those.  He DOESN’T eat protein.  What he eats are fruits and vegetables and they give him the building blocks that he needs to make protein. If he wasn’t getting enough protein, how come he was able to build muscle without effort?

For me, this was like a light going off.  It was like I was hearing an idea that I always knew was right at the back of my mind but no one had ever put it into words.  It seemed so right to me as other apes ate just fruits and vegetables and they were super strong.

This opened the doors for me to start experimenting with the raw vegan lifestyle.  Funnily enough, it took me almost a year from then to really “get it”.

In spite of what I had told my then girlfriend after leaving New York, I ended up going back a year later to attend the Woodstock Fruit Festival.  There I met Tim Van Orden in real life for the first time.

I said “Tim your video made me go raw”

He replied “I’m sorry!”

You can check out more about what Tim is now doing at his youtube channel or website http://www.runningraw.com

You can watch the video that made me go raw here:

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Former Professor In Japan Claims Eating Fruit For 8 Years Made Him “Superhuman”

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Does Eating Fruit Make You Superhuman?

According to this Japanese Professor, the answer is YES!

This article, published in TruthTheory.com HERE, states:

“In September of 2009, Nakano decided to experiment with his health and eat nothing but fruit all day, every day. He was aware that conventional wisdom says an only-fruit diet is unhealthy (mainly due to the “high amounts of sugar”), but found no science backing up these beliefs. As a result, he decided to try out the fruit-heavy diet.

He was very strict with his regimen. At one point, he opted to get all of his hydrated from fruit versus water. Before long, days turned to weeks. And then, weeks turned to years. What began as an experiment turned into a lifestyle, and Nakano says he’s never felt better.”

He became famous in Japan, then rumours spread about his death.  He has to go back on television to prove he was still alive.

Then he was studied by researchers.  This is where it gets weird:

“Nakano said researchers studied him and discovered something incredible. That is, that the complete lack of protein combined with a pure fruit diet caused certain fungi to grow in his intestine. That fungi is capable of converting nitrogen in the air to protein. Reportedly, the researchers told him that this is unique to Nakano’s body and that he is unlike any other human.”

Now, this to me sounds like nonsense.  Who were these researchers?  and the phrase “complete lack of protein” shows a misunderstanding about eating fruit.  How are other frugivores getting protein if they eat almost entirely fruit?  Though fruit has no animal protein in it, it has the building blocks by which we can make our own protein.

The article affirms that the evidence is anecdotal and has not been tested with the peer to peer review system.

Anyway, it’s great to know someone is spreading the fruity message in Japan!

 

 

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5 Myths About Fruit Consumption You Should Stop Believing

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An article has just been released with the title:

5 Myths About Fruit Consumption You Should Stop Believing

It appears HERE on Medical Daily

So, let’s go through it and see what we think.

“1. Frozen fruits are less nutritious than fresh ones

This myth has perpetuated the idea that nutrients are lost when fruits are frozen. “Frozen fruits and vegetables are flash-frozen within hours of being picked, locking in a majority of the nutrients,” explained Dr. Joy Bauer, a nutrition and health expert from the Today Show on NBC.

If that wasn’t enough, your wallet can reap some benefits too. Buying fruits in frozen form has been recommended as an effective way to eat healthy even when on a budget. “

My response: Technically, they have just proved themselves wrong here.  The quote they use to back up the idea of this being a myth says “locking in a MAJORITY of nutrients” so they are admitting nutrients are lost.  But, I would agree, it’s probably not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.  If someone chooses only to eat frozen fruit they will still see a benefit to their health.

“2. Fruits are best consumed on an empty stomach

According to this myth, fruits can cause digestion problems and are less nutritious when consumed along with meals. No studies have been able to confirm such a link. The only effect fruits can have is to slow down the release of food from the stomach. According to Healthline, this is actually beneficial as it can create a feeling of fullness and moderate the intake of calories.

Nutritional value is also unaffected as the digestive system is capable of extracting nutrients from fruits whether they are consumed with a meal or on an empty stomach.”

My response:  Interesting.  There are many anecdotal accounts of people eating fruit and having some digestive issue.  Our response is usually that it is the mixture of the fruit with other foods still in the stomach that causes this.  I would still advise people who rarely eat fruit to do so before meals and on an empty stomach if possible.

“3. People who have diabetes can’t eat fruits

Compared to carbohydrates, fruits in moderation do not cause a sharp spike in blood glucose levels. “Whole fruits are an excellent source of antioxidants,” said Katie Barbera of Northwell Health Systems in New York. “They have a lot of fibre, so they make you feel fuller and satisfy your hunger. They also add a lot of flavour to a diabetes diet.”

One study found that whole fruit consumption was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes while fruit juice consumption was linked to a higher risk. This brings us to the next well-known myth.”

My response:  True, and it is good to hear!  However, they could have expanded on this to show that Type 2 Diabetes is caused by the saturated fat in the standard diet and is not connected with sugar, fruit or fruit juice.

4. Drinking fruit juice is just as healthy as eating fruit

While drinking fruit juice can still have some nutritional benefits, experts have stated that eating whole fruits is preferable. Store-bought juice may contain added sugar, which can explain why it has been linked to childhood obesity.

According to WebMD, previously-contained sugars are released when the fruit is crushed, making the juice more likely to cause tooth decay when compared to eating fruits. The juicing process also removes the natural fiber content from fruits, lowering the glycemic index. As a result, people are likely to consume more calories for lesser nutrition.

My response:  For a variety of reasons fruit juice is less healthy than whole fruits.  However, fruit juice is still WAY healthier than almost any other food group.  

“5. Vitamin C is a natural remedy to prevent the common cold

While many studies have been conducted, researchers have found little to no benefit in consuming vitamin C-rich fruits (such as oranges) for the prevention or cure of colds. However, the vitamin did seem to help those who were marathon runners, skiers and soldiers in sub-arctic environments.

“Vitamin C in doses as high as one gram daily for several winter months had no consistent beneficial effect on incidence of the common cold,” concluded one review of both randomized and non-randomized trials.”

My response: If a myth helps a person to eat more fruit I am all for it!  I have not had a cold for a number of years now but I don’t put it down to vitamin C.  Rather, I put it down to a multitude of healthful habits that I practise including eating lots of fruit every day.  I wouldn’t be surprised if fruit eaters get fewer colds, but I don’t think I can prove that right now.

It’s good to see an article sharing more truth about eating more fruit.  It’s mostly positive!

Thanks for reading today.  Leave your comments below and share with others!

 

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