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    Re: Essential Amino Acids

    Fifty9 is right. Taurine is a conditionally essential amino acid, and if you are worried about this, take an amino acid profile. If your numbers are low on either taurine or carnitine, simply take...
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    Re: Veganizing the Eat to Live plan

    Wildflower -- You are quite welcome. Just to be clear, the diet itself is meant to be a way of eating for life. Once the cellular wastes and glycated end products etc. are removed, the idea is they...
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    Re: Veganizing the Eat to Live plan

    Wildflower -- I am not saying you shouldn't have piece of fruit if you are truly hungry. The key is just to know if you have true hunger or have toxic hunger. For me, I eat four times a day generally...
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    Re: Eat to Live Plan - Dr Joel Fuhrman

    What occured to you often occurs to people who start on a very clean, nutrient dense diet. You basically went through what is refered to as toxic hunger. In other words, your body started to...
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    Re: Eat to Live Plan - Dr Joel Fuhrman

    Hi Wildflower! I just saw your post.

    In his book Eat to Live, Dr. Fuhrman lays out two approaches to his diet -- one is vegan, and one involves a small amount of animal products.

    For purposes...
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    Re: Vegans, vitamin D and the sun

    I have not ever seen a reliable source indicating that avocado's are a good source of vitamin D. For instance, check out the vitamin D content of a cup of avocado's according to this (generally...
  7. Re: Vegan Vitamin Needs

    I'd say that was rather well put. If somebody asked me to make a list of the most commonly missed nutrients in a meat-eaters diet, the list would be much longer, and would include many of the same...
  8. Re: Vegan Vitamin Needs

    Eve, are you serious? I am afraid I do not understand why you take offense to my messsage. The fact that you are not deficient any of those nutrients has little bearing on the fact that they are...
  9. Re: Vegan Vitamin Needs

    The vitamins (and EFA's) most commonly lacking in a vegan diet are:

    (1) Vitamin B-12
    (2) Vitamin D - if not living in a place close to the equator or not getting sufficient exposure to sunlight...
  10. Thread: Fluoride

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    Re: Fluoride

    Seaside's account of flouride is exactly right. Think of flouride like a medicine. It does work, but it has potential side effects. The risks to date are still somewhat unknown. But much like...
  11. Thread: Vegan Infant

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    Re: Vegan Infant

    This "nutritionist's" advice is sorely lacking in credibility and factual support. First, one of the last things a pregnant woman should be taking in is preformed Vitamin A. This is toxic in...
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    Re: Newbie Vegan - Health Questions

    Yes, I think it is important for you to be taking the supplements recommended in that book, particularly while your wife is breastfeeding. Although if you are taking a preformed DHA supplement, I...
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    Re: Being questioned - Amino Acids in Vegan/vegetarian diet - Help!

    Yes, it contains all essential amino acids, but it doesn't contain all conditionally essential amino acids which are the ones that can (albeit rarely) present problems....
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    Re: Being questioned - Amino Acids in Vegan/vegetarian diet - Help!

    None of these foods (alfalfa sprouts, brocolli or quinoa) have appreciable amounts of taurine or carnitine. These amino acids basically are not found in vegetation. As I said, though, they are only...
  15. Thread: Vegan athletes

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    Re: Vegan athletes

    I would avoid this product Vega. It has supplemental iron and preformed Vitamin A -- you really don't want to be taking either of these two things on a consistent basis. It is possible that the...
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    Re: Being questioned - Amino Acids in Vegan/vegetarian diet - Help!

    As I said before, amino acid deficiency in vegans is extremely rare. Most vegans need not concern themselves. The creatine and carnosine arguments are not legitimate. The taurine and carnitine can...
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    Re: Being questioned - Amino Acids in Vegan/vegetarian diet - Help!

    Provided you are not just eating refined foods and fruits, and you are eating sufficient calories, you are getting all the amino acids you need on a vegan or vegetarian diet. On a vegan diet, the...
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    Re: Very Low Cholesterol

    Dreamer,

    I understand why you would think there is a happy medium in cholesterol because of your situation. But, I assure you the studies are fairly unanimous that provided you are healthy, the...
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    Re: Very Low Cholesterol

    Provided you are healthy, lower cholesterol levels are healthier. The reference you give has the results it has because the low cholesterol was an indicator of poor health. If you have the low...
  20. Thread: Vegan Omega-3

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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    You are certainly getting to the heart of the debate that Mike and I have been having. So, I will give you my answer, and Mike may have a somewhat different answer for you.

    I think if you are...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Fair enough. It sounds like we are in agreement then that the combination of ALA, EPA and DHA benefits the heart. You are simply questioning DHA's role alone. I think some of the studies I pointed...
  22. Thread: Carbonated Water

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    Re: Carbonated Water

    I have not seen any studies that say that carbonated water decreases bone density -- but the science is clear that carbonated beverages in general do. For sodas, this is true because of the...
  23. Thread: Vegan Omega-3

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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Very interesting Mike!

    I think I am a bit more convinced of the heart protective factor for DHA and EPA than you are (again more for non-vegans, but even potentially to some extent for vegans)....
  24. Thread: Vegan Omega-3

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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Mike,

    I like many of your points. I'm going to go through them:

    Heart conditions -- There are a couple of points here. The first is the one we both made which is vegans have less to worry...
  25. Thread: Vegan Omega-3

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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Mike,

    I like your last post very much, and yes it does help to clarify positions. I appreciate the post, and would like to continue the conversation at this point if you don't mind.

    Please...
  26. Thread: Vegan Omega-3

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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Here are some other studies I have found which are interesting (although please note some of these studies are done on animals and are not pleasant to read from that perspective, so I just want you...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Mike,

    I am not sure why you refuse so steadfastly to actually point to science. You continue to voice only your own opinion. I agree this conversation should be over. I have done my part to...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Mike,

    I think unfortunately I am laboring under the impression that you know how these conversations are supposed to work.

    Unfortunately, your only tactic so far has been to discredit me, and...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Well, at least you posted a study, so now we have something we can discuss.

    First, please don't presume to come off as more knowledgeable than you are about things you know nothing about. While...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    I have posted the studies on this thread a few posts back, and as you have wasted my time to this point, I will not repost them.

    I only sell the one vitamin and mineral supplement -- no other...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Mike,

    I'm not sure where your confusion comes in here where you say:


    Let me try to be more clear since you didn't understand what I was saying originally. There are studies, and I pointed...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Mike

    I must say I find your message a bit perplexing.

    First, I was clear about the fact that there aren't studies done one way or the other on vegans, so I was showing studies that have...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    I am saying the advice Mike referred to in Mr. Walsh's article is not good advice.

    With respect to what you point out on the Vegan Society's website, it is somewhat true. Although it has been...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Hey Mike:

    Yes, I know your thoughts on the supplement business. I don't know who Stephen Walsh is, but his information is not supported by the studies (you will recall in previous discussions we...
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    Re: Diabetes and veganism

    Coming in a little late here, but thought I would share some thoughts anyway.

    The most recent scientific thinking is that Type II diabetes has a strong genetic component, whereas type I diabetes...
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    Re: Cooking spinach and other greens?

    Harpy and Daffy are both right. Items such as beta carotene and lycopene are better absorbed when cooked (and when some fat is present in the meal).

    And there are some other key nutrients which...
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    Re: Vegan Omega-3

    Mike -- I know you are a smart guy, so I'm sure you already know this, but I feel I should say it anyway. Taking DHA for most people is like taking a multivitamin. You will notice no difference by...
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    Re: Cooking spinach and other greens?

    The statement that raw green leafy vegetables have no nutritional value other than fiber is patently absurd. Indeed, there is no ordinary food that we eat that has more nutritional density than raw...
  39. Thread: Vagetarian's diet

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    Re: Vagetarian's diet

    Hey RedWellies:

    I'm not Vagetarian but I'm helping him with this diet a bit, so maybe I can give a quick answer to your questions. Vagetarian is not new to veganism, but he is trying a version of...
  40. Thread: Vagetarian's diet

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    Re: Vagetarian's diet

    Well, overall, I still have to say good for you. Question would be are you losing fat or muscle? If you are losing fat, that is still healthy for you -- your body will find a natural balance eating...
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