SpinachContains vitamins A and C, folic acid and magnesium which help control cancer, reduces heart dis-ease and stroke risk, blocks free radicals and may help prevent osteoporosis.Chilli PeppersThe heat source in chilis, capsaicin, is an antioxidant. Contains blood thinning properties to preventstrokes, lowers cholesterol, protects DNA against carcinogens, may stimulate release of endorphins("natural high" chemicals)
Foods To Avoid Or Cut Down On
MeatStudies have shown that as many as 53% of cow carcasses and 83% of pig carcasses, were con-taminated with E-coli and 18% of British and 64% of imported chicken, had salmonella. Unfortu-nately, the high demand for meat and the ever increasing population means more and more animalscrammed into small spaces. Animals are constantly fed antibiotics and other drugs to keep themfrom dying and fatten them up.It’s not only our health that suffers, many animals are treated appallingly. Animals that would other-wise roam large areas and eat vegetarian diets are forced to spend their entire lives in very smallspaces where they can barely turn round and are treated as nothing more than feeling-less com-modities. With the way farm animals are treated, it’s little wonder that diseases such as Mad CowDisease, Salmonella, Foot and Mouth Disease and Bovine TB have had such dramatic affects onfarmed animals. You don’t have to go vegetarian to reduce your risk of cancer and other diseasesassociated with eating meat, you can buy RSPA freedom foods or free-range food.
MilkMilk is considered healthy because it is full of calcium. However, humans are the only animals thatgo on to drink milk into their adult life and we’re the only animals who drink the milk of another spe-cies; neither natural nor healthy. Milk has been linked to depression, diabetes, asthma, eczema andmany other common illnesses. Milk also contains IGF-I; suitable for calves to grow strong andquickly but is known to cause prostate cancer in humans and accelerate malignant growth. To getyour RDA of calcium, stick to eating lots of leafy green vegetables, oats, sesame seeds, fortified soyamilk, almonds and legumes. Soya milk is similarly good for you and less fattening than cow’s milk.Again, as our health is made to suffer, so are the cows. As cows need to be impregnated in order toproduce milk, the calf (as it cannot be used for beef due to it’s type and the expense of raising it) isseen as a by-product and sometimes killed immediately.Soya milk, yoghurt, cream cheese, cheese spread and vegan chocolate are all now readily availablefor similar prices to their dairy cousins; give them a try! You’ll be surprised how much better you feel.Log onto www.vegansociety.org for more information.
SeafoodYou also need to be careful when it comes to seafood. In order to limitthe amount of diseases farmed fish can catch, they are given vaccines,antibiotics and chemicals with known human health risks. The smell of fish we so often come across is actually the smell of their saturated fatsturning rancid. Thirty per cent of the fats in fish can be saturated, lead-ing to cancers, obesity and heart disease.