Snapshot Science – Broccoli Sprouts to Aid Schizophrenia

John Hopkins Medicine have shared studies describing how a chemical found in abundance in broccoli sprouts can potentially assist in restoring imbalanced brain chemistry associated with Schizophrenia.

The chemical, sulforaphane, has been known to have many health benefits. It is found in several cruciferous vegetables however it is destroyed by heat so must be eaten raw.

This can be combated by mixing the cooked cruciferous vegetables with mustard seed powder, which helps restore the sulforaphane.



Snapshot Science – Replacing Red Meat to Improve Cardiovascular Health

A new study out of Purdue University and published in the scientific journal “Circulation” has shown that swapping out the red meat in your diet with plant-based protein sources such as beans or nuts.

This was a meta-analysis encompassing over 1800 participants which showed lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol in diets which were high in plant proteins.

If you’ve read the Blue Zones book you would already know that beans and nuts with small amounts of meat seem to be the key though!



The Ethical Carnivore – Book Reflection

“If you had to kill it yourself, if you had to look it in the eye . . . would you eat it?”

It’s undeniable that there has been a growing percentage of the population showing concern over the food they eat. Whether this is folk jumping on the vegan bandwagon to fit in with the latest Instagram trends or abstaining from meat for more meaningful reasons is somewhat irrelevant.

The important thing is that people are thinking, and the omnivores are facing a tricky one!

Gray approaches the meat eating debate with a fresh outlook that I am slightly envious of: to only eat meat if she has killed it herself.

We are taken on a journey through almost every meat sourcing avenue you can imagine. From oyster shucking and hunting wild game to as far as collecting her own road kill, the ethics of the whole thing are dealt with tastefully and arguments presented from both sides equally.

Unfortunately for the more empathetic omnivores out there it’s bad news for your factory farmed animals, although I can’t say it was much of a surprise. These animals aren’t treated well and, personally, I’ve decided I don’t want to be a part of this moving forward.

The main surprise for me however was the state of our oceans. If you are anything like me then you probably never thought about where the fish we eat comes from. They look super weird and we only really care about the fluffy ones, right?

What Gray uncovers is disturbing.

Our fish consumption is not only destroying the fish populations, but is also devastating to our environment and local fishing industries. Well worth reading just for this reason, and I definitely plan to look into this further.

Gray has done a fantastic job to not only expose us to the truth behind the meat industries but also providing ethical changes we can implement.

A solid book that should be on the bookshelf of anybody questioning the ethics of eating animals.