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Since 1999 the mission of Vegetarians in Paradise has been to offer our friends in the vegetarian community a nesting place to roost awhile and share information about a lifestyle that may keep us flying around a few years longer than our non-vegetarian friends. At this nest we offer some great places to eat wholesome vegetarian food, to shop for the best organic fresh produce and prepared foods, and to discover tasty recipes, cooking tips, books to read, and healthy living information. In other words, this nest is a gathering place for us fine-feathered birds who enjoy being just what we are--vegetarians

Blog Entries by Vegparadise Blog

Don't Bug My Yogurt; Dannon Is Already Doing It.

Vegparadise Blog | August 12, 13 at 02:40 PM | Add category, Food, Health

Read More: carmine, cochineal, crushed insects, Dannon, food coloring, Starbucks, Tropicana, yogurt

Dannon has joined the lineup of companies that find it necessary to crush insects to add color to some of its products. The distinguished list of companies includes Starbucks and Tropicana. Both added cochineal or carmine derived from crushed insects...

AMA Declares Obesity a Disease; Is That Really Enough?

Vegparadise Blog | July 2, 13 at 03:37 PM | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Academic Medicine, AMA, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, obesity, pharmaceuticals, USDA

When the American Medical Association labeled obesity as a disease, they in essence turned the health care world upside down. What a boon this new disease will be for the pharmaceutical industry! But is the blue or pink pill the...

Food Taster Reignites Old Controversy; Was Hitler a Vegetarian?

Vegparadise Blog | March 13, 13 at 03:05 PM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: Adolph Hitler, Famous Vegetarians, Food Taster, Margot Woelk

During World War II Margot Woelk had the important job of food taster, a job that turned out to be a matter of life and death. The 95-year-old German woman recently revealed that she was one of 15 women who...

Costco Is Fattening Up Its Customers

Vegparadise Blog | December 5, 12 at 08:15 PM | Food, Health, Lifestyle

We know that your organization takes great pride in offering a hot dog or polish sausage and a 20-ounce drink with refill for $1.50, the same price for the last 27 years. That offer is very attractive for people who...

Starbucks Is Seeing Red

Vegparadise Blog | May 8, 12 at 10:26 PM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: carmine, cochineal, food coloring, Starbucks

  Starbucks announced its products would no longer contain cochineal extract, a red coloring made from crushed insects. As we explained ten years ago in our initial story, carmine or cochineal appears in many products marketed to people who are...

Enter a Contest Where Everyone Wins

Vegparadise Blog | May 2, 12 at 11:18 AM | Food, Health

Read More: meat warning label, Vegetarians in Paradise Contest

Let's face it. What this country needs is a warning label placed on each package of meat--something like the one on packages of cigarettes, but maybe more colorful. All of us have come to realize that Meat is Dangerous and...

Once Upon a Time There Was a Delicious Fable

Vegparadise Blog | February 13, 12 at 02:33 PM | Food, Health

Once upon a time in the land of TV there was a cable channel that showed its viewers how to prepare food that excited all the senses. One of the stars of this television food haven was a plump blond...

US Congress Decides Pizza Is a Vegetable

Vegparadise Blog | December 13, 11 at 05:57 PM | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, National School Lunch Program, pizza, tomato, tomato sauce

Pity the poor tomato. It gets no respect from the government.The tomato is once again in the spotlight, this time in the form of tomato sauce. By smearing two ounces of tomato sauce onto a pizza, our learned Congress has...

Kaiser Doctor Posts High-Fat, Sodium-Laden Recipes on Website

Vegparadise Blog | October 11, 11 at 02:50 PM

The champion pot belly buster is Chef Mario Batali's "T-Bone Florentina with Sauteed Spinach." The chef recommends one 3 to 3 1/2-pound T-bone steak to serve 4 people. The recipe includes 5 tablespoons of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of...

Make Sure You "Got the Facts on Milk?"

Vegparadise Blog | October 4, 11 at 06:13 PM | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Shira Lane is one of millions of people on the planet who suffers from lactose intolerance and/or other milk allergies. In her case her lactose intolerance led her to research the dietary effects of dairy products and motivated her to...

Hitch a Ride with the Dietitian as She Trips Across the US

Vegparadise Blog | September 16, 11 at 08:29 PM

Julieanna Hever, who calls herself the "plant-based dietitian," has used her boundless energy to partner with filmmaker Jesse Pomeroy to create To Your Health, a 51-minute film espousing the benefits of a whole-food, low-fat, plant-based diet. "The ultimate goal of...

Kaiser Doctor Provides a Recipe for "A Healthy Burger." You'd Be Surprised.

Vegparadise Blog | August 26, 11 at 03:00 PM | Food, Health

The recipe for this 183-calorie "A Healthier Burger" is the creation of Dr. Preston Maring, an obstetrician/gynecologist and administrator at the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center. Wait a minute! Is our health provider now promoting barbecue burgers made from turkey or...

Celebrate Your Independence All Month with Bang-Up BBQ Ideas

Vegparadise Blog | June 30, 11 at 10:04 AM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: Fourth of July celebration, vegan barbecue

Let's leave that old-fashioned image behind, and step out onto the patio of the vegan household to see what's cookin' for this year's 4th of July barbecue. The vegan gathering of family and friends pays homage to its furry friends,...

Dr. Hans Diehl Receives 24 Carrot Award

Vegparadise Blog | May 10, 11 at 01:24 PM | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: CHIP, Coronary Heart Improvement Program, diet and health, nutrition, reversing chronic disease

Freshly minted with my doctorate in the health sciences and a graduate degree in public health nutrition and quite self-confident that I had the answers as a healer and researcher to help people with their health problems, I met  Nathan...

Vive La Mother's Day

Vegparadise Blog | May 3, 11 at 09:52 PM | Food, Health

You may not consider yourself Julia Child's equal in the kitchen, but, take heart. Few of us have graduated from the rigors of Condon Bleu culinary training. And, it's unlikely Mom has such lofty expectations. You can be assured that...

Explore Revolutionary Ideas for a Vegan Cinco de Mayo

Vegparadise Blog | May 1, 11 at 02:14 PM | Food, Lifestyle

The Cinco de Mayo  fiesta features colorful costumed folklorico dancers that dip and twirl to the music while performing traditional dances. And no fiesta would be complete without feasting on traditional Mexican foods. Tantalizing aromas float in the air while...

Dressed, Drizzled & Drenched Salad Extravaganza with Zel Allen March 26 from 11:00 to 1:30

Vegparadise Blog | March 17, 11 at 06:02 PM

When the salad IS the meal, it deserves to be enhanced with knockout oil-free dressing that heightens dining pleasure. Learn how to make these mouth-watering salad dressings:TAHINI DIJON, MAPLE MUSTARD,ARTICHOKE BRAZIL NUT, CASHEW CAESAR Zel Allen will demonstrate how to...


Vegparadise Blog | March 15, 11 at 10:41 AM | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Protein and calcium are never a concern on a vegan diet because there are many excellent sources from legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and even fruits and vegetables.  The bonus is that plant foods are voluptuously packed with vitamins, minerals,...

Don't Throw Away Those Papaya Seeds!

Vegparadise Blog | February 23, 11 at 05:43 PM | Food, Lifestyle

Read More: papaya, papaya seed dressing recipe, papaya seeds

Papaya is a health and beauty treatment in every bite. Besides its deliciously sweet and juicy flavor, the papaya contains enzymes that help heal minor skin burns, prevent nausea and motion sickness, and boost metabolism. In addition, this fruit is...

Houston Suffers Fat Fit; Clogged Artery Causes Turmoil

Vegparadise Blog | February 15, 11 at 11:09 AM | Health

Clogged Artery. That dreaded phrase usually indicates a condition that could result in a massive heart attack or stroke. Clogged arteries result from a diet loaded with saturated and trans-fats. But how could a city possibly end up with a...