Oils

Everyone knows how much sugar in various forms the food industry puts into processed foods — even bread has added sugar now. What is perhaps less well known is how much oil they add to everything as well. So many processed foods that you wouldn’t think require any added oil have oil added to them. Again, just manipulation of the taste to get people to crave the item. Yet the oil adds a ton of empty calories. Doesn’t seem that our food industry cares very much about your health and well being.

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Omega-3 Fats

Eggs from The Country Hen have 310 mg of omega-fats.  They used a feed that boosts the amount of omega-3 fats in the egg.  It’s a no brainer.

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More Plant Food

Anyone else like the taste of fennel?  I find it very unique and interesting.

Just discovered that you can eat snow peas raw, and added them to my last salad.  Snow peas might be an interesting way to eat a dip — use them to scoop some hummus.

The rage is to make your own salad dressing so that you avoid all that oil (a processed food really, with 120 calories per teaspoon that you can avoid) in commercial salad dressings.  Not that hard to do.  Check out the site below for ideas.

No Oil Salad Dressings

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Veggan

I am an ovo-vegetarian.  I eat a plant-based diet, but I also eat eggs.  I don’t eat eggs because I’m concerned with protein deficiency in a plant-based diet, although, unlike plants, an egg does provide a “complete” protein, i.e., all the essential amino acids.  If you eat a half-way decently diversified plant-based diet, you will also get all the essential amino acids.  That’s a non-issue to me.

I eat one hard-boiled egg every other day because of the known B12 deficiency in a vegetarian diet, but also because of the possible choline deficiency.  Choline is vital for several key metabolic processes in the body.

The recommended daily amount of choline for males is 550 mg, although some nutritionists argue this is an arbitrary number and should be higher.  I’m not at all sure a vegetarian diet provides 550 mg daily.  The problem is that, while many planted-based foods do contain choline, none contain it in a large quantity.  Not true of eggs — an egg is packed with choline.

I buy only Pete and Gerry’s free-range, organic, humane eggs.  In 10 days, I will have eaten exactly 5 hard-boiled eggs sprinkled with pepper.  Not a huge part of my diet, but a very strategic one.

Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs

Choline

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