Dr. Padma Garvey

How a tale of two mice shows us how our diets affect us, our children, and our grandchildren

The Plant-Based Doctor Mom



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Which dairy is more nutritious?

A recent article in the New York Times asked this question.  The article concluded that animal dairy is more nutritious than plant-based dairy.

As an adult, a human that consumes solid food, none of us should be relying on dairy (a baby food) for nutrition.  Get your protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, etc from unprocessed, plant-based foods.  You can use plant-dairy like almond milk or soy milk to enjoy your food and to help prepare healthy food.  However, I get my nutrition from consuming a complete, varied, unprocessed, plant-based diet.  I don't get my nutrition from baby food.

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What the article doesn't focus on is prevention.  Rates of colon cancer vary widely around the world.  Colon cancer is not genetic but lifestyle-related.  You can take steps in your diet to drastically reduce your chances of getting colon cancer.  

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A recent New York Times article concluded that children who drink 6-8 ounces of sugary juice a day are not at increased risk for obesity.

When I was a kid, we would use our grape jelly jars as drinking glasses. Everyone I knew did this. The jars were a perfect 8 ounce glass. What strikes me is how small those glasses were compared to beverage glasses used by most of us now at home or when we go out. A recent New York Times article discussed how children who drink 6-8 ounces of sugary fruit juice a day are not at increased risk for obesity. The problem is that our serving sizes are much more than that. It is easier to count to ZERO and avoid things like sugary fruit juice rather than keeping track of consumption all day long.

A recent New York Times article talks about the rising rates of colon cancer in younger people