Obesity is rampant in America. Childhood obesity is potentially affecting 1/3 of America’s children Consequences of childhood obesity can reach into adulthood manifested as diabetes, heart disease, and other illnesses. Vegetarian meals can reduce intake of high fat, high calorie foodstuffs while providing children (and adults) with healthy, tasty, nutritious meals.
Gone are the days of bland, tasteless vegetarian alternative products. One company leading the way with wholesome, vegetarian alternative meals is Lightlife. The company started in 1979 .when Michael Cohen, an original partner in the New England Soy Dairy in Greenfield, MA sensed an opportunity to introduce the Indonesian staple, Tempeh, to the American dinner plate.
In 1985, they launched Tofu Pups, a healthier, veggie alternative to the good old American hot dog. Lightlife was born and the seeds of a veggie revolution were planted.
Today, Lightlife’s wide range of nutritious veggie protein products makes it deliciously easy for people to eat veggie. But efforts go further than simply food.
That’s why since setting up shop 30 years ago, they’ve contributed 5% of our net profits to organizations that work to protect children, the environment and human rights.
Lightlife has a wide range of nutritious veggie protein products making it deliciously easy for people to try out a “flexitarian” lifestyle by foregoing meat every now and then while not giving up any taste.
Approximately 65% of U.S. adults were overweight in the year 2000. The number of overweight children has doubled in the last thirty years. Veggie foods are a good low-cal alternative to meat in one’s diet. Just a few more veggies in a day can help benefit long-term health.
Heart Disease While many factors affect heart disease, twenty-five grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Help Control Diabetes Research shows a diet low in fat and high in complex carbohydrates (found only in plant foods), as part of a healthy lifestyle, can help control type 2 diabetes.
Lower Risk of Cancer Low fat diets rich in fiber-containing grain products, fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.
Improve High Blood Pressure Comparing those who eat meat to vegetarians, veggie lovers may have a lower risk of exhibiting high blood pressure. Studies suggest that when meat eaters with high blood pressure switch to an all-veggie diet their blood pressure drops.
Protein is Power Veggies offer good alternatives to meat protein. Beans, lentils, tofu, tempeh, chickpeas and peas are all great sources. A mix throughout the day will provide essential amino acids. Make sure you getting enough calories to maintain your healthy weight.
Adding Iron Iron is good for the body. You’ll find it in dried beans, tofu and tempeh, spinach and chard, baked potatoes, cashews and dried fruits.
Calcium-Strong It’s good for your bones and essential for bodies young and old. Find it in broccoli, fortified soy milk and orange juice, low-fat dairy products, collard and mustard greens, kale, and tofu prepared with calcium.
Vegetarian or Vegan? Vegetarians don’t eat meat, fish or poultry. Vegans are vegetarians who abstain from eating or using all animal products including all dairy items, eggs, honey, wool, silk or leather.
Making personal eating choices affects one’s health in many ways. Visiting Lightlife’s website can help people learn about healthy alternate eating choices. There are links to sign up for a newsletter, print coupons, and find retail product outlets.
Michelle Obama’s new low-carb school lunches have raised awareness about the importance of healthy eating and this video seeks to compliment that message of eating more responsibly.
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