Posts Tagged ‘carotenoids’

Vitamin A Toxicity: A Little-Known Danger in Animal Foods

Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Be alert - it's legal to sell vitamin A supplements in doses that are higher than the recommended daily upper limit

Be alert – it’s legal to sell vitamin A supplements in doses that are higher than the recommended daily upper limit

Too Much Vitamin A Can Lead to Weak Bones and Fractures

Vitamin A is essential for proper vision, allowing new cells to form, and supporting reproduction and growth (including immune system strength). Sounds wonderful, you may be thinking,  and decide to consume large amounts of vitamin A. There’s a problem with this strategy though – vitamin A is fat soluble, accumulating in your liver and fat cells when you eat more than you currently need. At high levels, this stored vitamin A exceeds your body’s tolerable level, and starts causing (more…)

Why Fuyu Persimmons Should Be Your Go-To Autumn Fruit

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Fuyu persimmons are such a pretty color and shape

This Delightful Fruit Will Make You Glad That It’s Fall

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love Fuyu persimmons, and those who have never tried this amazing treat. I was category two for most of my life. But when I adopted a whole foods, plant-based diet, I became more adventurous and had to try this new food that seemed so exotic. The first bite left me wondering at the attraction of this novel fruit, but I quickly advanced to category one, so happy to have discovered an autumn treasure to cushion the end of summer.

Persimmons are an orange fruit that stars in the fall, when you are primed to love orange as the color of the season. The taste of Fuyus is quite mild and somewhat sweet, yet also strangely addictive. Or maybe it is the satisfying crunch, (more…)

Plants Are Nutrient Factories

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Animals Are Nutrient Consumers

Plants are amazing nutrient factories. Consider how complex a tree is, with its functioning roots, trunk, branches, leaves, and flowers - all powered by sunlight.

Plants are the base of earth’s food chain, using solar energy to fuel nutrient manufacture. These green factories effortlessly put together the complex carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, and phytochemicals that animals need to survive and thrive. Plants also absorb minerals from the soil to weave into their own cells.

Animals who eat plants reap the benefits of these nutrients, needed for their own lives. With the exception of vitamin D, which forms in skin when sunlight hits it, animals cannot make the raw materials essential for their survival.

When you eat animal foods, you are consuming highly degraded remnants of (more…)