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Meatless Mondays is a neat social campaign started by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health that has caught in many U.S. towns and is now making its way around the world. I love this idea even though I'm no vegetarian because I see virtue in eating more vegetarian food.
For one, meats can be bad for our health. Regularly eating processed and red meats has been linked to chronic diseases. (Recently Harvard researchers published a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition that shows an association between eating red meat and being more likely to develop diabetes.) Plus pound-for-pound, we get more antioxidant-type vitamins (like Vitamin A and C) from fruits and vegetables.
Here's an article the kind people at Indo American News ran in July about Dr. Robert McCarrison, who is considered the first person to conduct published research on the connections between what people ate and their health. In 1918, he founded the world's first lab dedicated to nutrition research, and it serves as India's National Institute of Nutrition today.
There are three things we can do to prevent becoming sick with chronic disease or better live with it: eat a good diet, relieve stress, and get regular exercise. Millions today exercise at home or in gyms, many of them almost every day. Millions also practice the ancient Indian art of yoga, and modern science has confirmed that yogic postures, breathing exercises, and meditation contribute to good health. But yoga isn’t the only thing which comes from India that helps people stay healthy.
Did you know that many spices in Indian food like turmeric, cumin, and black pepper, among others and mixed together in combinations developed by Ayurvedic practitioners over centuries, have been discovered to have properties described as “anti-cancer” by experts like Dr. Bharat Aggarwal of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center? Spices are one or many elements that make traditional Indian food healthy. (Yes, I said Indian food can be healthy. Read on.)
Niraj "Raj" Patel, M.D.
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