Another Reason Why I Live in Oklahoma

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Image Credit:  “A Generation Without A Future”: Millennials Struggle To Survive In Modern Hong Kong

While reading this article the graphic reproduced above caught my eye.

OKC is mentioned!  I seem to recall blogging about this affordability gap here, here, here, and here.

I guess HK is out of my retirement plans.

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Plant‐Based Diets Are Associated With a Lower Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Disease Mortality, and All‐Cause Mortality in a General Population of Middle‐Aged Adults

Plant‐Based Diets Are Associated With a Lower Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Disease Mortality, and All‐Cause Mortality in a General Population of Middle‐Aged Adults

In this community‐based cohort of US adults without cardiovascular disease at baseline, we found that higher adherence to an overall plant‐based diet or a pro-vegetarian diet, diets that are higher in plant foods and lower in animal foods, was associated with a lower risk of incident cardiovascular disease, cardiovascular disease mortality, and all‐cause mortality. Healthy plant‐based diets, which are higher in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, tea, and coffee and lower in animal foods, were associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and all‐cause mortality.

Our study is one of the few studies that used data from a general population. Prospective studies of Seventh‐Day Adventists in the United States and Canada found that vegetarians had a lower risk of cardiovascular disease mortality and all‐cause mortality compared with nonvegetarians.4 The EPIC (European Prospective Investigation Into Cancer and Nutrition)‐Oxford study of vegetarians, vegans, and health‐conscious individuals reported that the risk of incident ischemic heart disease and deaths caused by circulatory disease was lower in vegetarians than nonvegetarians.5, 24 However, these findings were not replicated in population‐based studies in Australia and the United States.6, 13 Notably, a prior study that used data from a nationally representative sample administered a brief questionnaire that assessed the frequency with which participants consumed specific types of animal food (red meat, processed meat, poultry, or fish or seafood) to characterize participants’ dietary intakes.6 Such dietary measurement may not have adequately represented dietary patterns on the basis of abundance of plant foods relative to animal foods. The plant‐based diet indexes we used in this study captured a wider spectrum of intake of plant foods and animal foods, leveraging the available dietary data, and allowed us to move away from defining plant‐based diets strictly based on exclusion of animal foods.

 

A Plant-based Diet may Lower type 2 Diabetes Risk

Findings  In this systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective observational studies assessing the association between plant-based dietary patterns and risk of type 2 diabetes among adults, higher adherence to plant-based dietary patterns was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes; this association was strengthened when healthy plant-based foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts, were included in the pattern. Findings were broadly consistent in several prespecified subgroups and in sensitivity analyses.

Take this link to the JAMA Internal Medicine article.

Take this link to the Harvard T.H. Chan press release.

 

Meet the six-legged superfoods: Grasshoppers top insect antioxidant-rich list

Meet the six-legged superfoods: Grasshoppers top insect antioxidant-rich list

A new study has measured antioxidant levels in commercially available edible insects. Among the findings: crickets pack 75 percent the antioxidant power of fresh orange juice, and silkworm fat twice that of olive oil.

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Yum!  Well, unless…

Is eating bugs any morally different than eating cows?

Do snakes have morals?

Plant-based sales surge to $4.5 billion

New data released by The Good Food Institute (G.F.I.) and the Plant-Based Foods Association (P.B.F.A.) show plant-based foods sales significantly outpaced overall grocery sales last year. U.S. retail sales of plant-based foods grew 11% — five times more than total food sales — bringing the total plant-based market to $4.5 billion.

Read the entire Food Business News article here.

Nutrition Labels — Do You Read Them?

The following is not an endorsement of either product but simply nutrition labels for educational purposes.  I am not compensated for my efforts on this blog.  DISCLAIMER:  I did download an app to my phone and got the burrito for FREE.

Both food products are meat free.  The burrito is prepared with cheese and sour cream.  The second Nutrition Facts represents a commercially prepared veggie burger, no bread or bun.

Screenshot_2019-07-03 DEL TACO

 

Screenshot_2019-07-09 All American Veggie Burgers Dr Praeger's Sensible Foods

Take Home Lesson:

  1. Fast food is fast food.  Even when it’s missing the meat.
  2. Add a bun.  Add some toppings.  Eating at home makes eating healthier easier.