Why Chia Seeds are a Vegetarian Super Food

Chia seedsChia seeds have piqued the interest of health food lovers everywhere. What are chia seeds, why should we eat them, and how do you prepare them? Find out, courtesy of The Red Radish Natural Foods.

Where do chia seeds come from?

The chia seed comes from a desert plant, Salvia hispnica. It’s believed to come from Central America where the seed was an important part of the ancient Aztec diet. Native Americans in the southwestern part of the United States used seeds from a related plant, Salvia columbarae, [Read more…]

What Is Fermented Soy? On Tempeh, Natto, Miso, Tamari and Pickled Tofu

fermented soy product tempehSoy is a vegetarian plant food that has become a dietary staple in cultures world-wide. It has numerous health benefits, and evidence suggests that the fermentation process is an excellent method to enhance its food value. Fermentation is a process of soaking the food in water and slow-cooking. During this process, beneficial bacteria begins to digest the complex carbohydrates in soybeans. This makes fermented soy easy to digest, and the body better able to assimilate its protein and numerous minerals.

Fermented soy products

Tempeh is a whole soybean product that is high in protein [Read more…]

Can Vegetarians Get Enough Protein?

vegetarina bean curd mealIt is a common myth that the vegetarian diet is low in protein, and that vegetarians have difficulty getting enough protein. The truth is that our protein needs are not as high as they seem. Many vegetarians succeed in meeting their protein requirements and enjoy a delicious, plant-based menu.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), many Americans consume more protein than they actually need to maintain good health. The CDC concludes too much protein in the diet can create health problems that include: weight gain, [Read more…]

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