Vegan diet questions and more...

Heather Reese Health Guide
  • I have recently started to follow a vegan diet, what foods can I eat to ensure I am getting enough protein?

    Soy is the best protein source for those who follow a vegan diet. It is a complete protein, which means that it provides all of the essential amino acids that your body needs. Other plant sources like legumes, nuts, seeds and whole grains still provide protein but they do not have all of the essential amino acids. However, consuming a balance of all of these plant sources will provide you with all the essential amino acids. To ensure that you are meeting your body’s nutrient needs, make sure to add a variety of plant protein foods into your daily diet.
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    How much sodium is in 1 teaspoon of table salt?

    This is a question I got a lot when I worked in the hospital and treated patients with heart disease. One teaspoon of table salt has almost 2400 milligrams of sodium. For people who follow a heart healthy diet, as recommended by the American Heart Association, one teaspoon of salt provides all the sodium that they should eat in an entire day.

    I have high cholesterol and have heard that eating oatmeal can reduce my levels, does eating an oat-based breakfast bar work as well as eating a bowl of oatmeal?

    The soluble fiber in oatmeal has been found to lower cholesterol and decrease one’s risk of heart disease. While oat bars do contain oats, they do not have the same levels of soluble fiber as oatmeal and other oat cereals. These breakfast bars are also often higher in calories, sugar and fat than a bowl of oatmeal, so you should exercise moderation when eating them.

Published On: November 16, 2006