Ginny Kisch Messina

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"Every US state prohibits cruelty to animals. But in response to industry lobbying, most states have created an exception [...] for farm animals"
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Sea vegetables do not have vitamin B12. Vegetable oils don’t raise risk for heart disease. Protein doesn’t cause osteoporosis. If you believe any of these things, you probably aren’t getting your vegan nutrition info from one of my recommended sources. That’s a mistake.
I took #vegan #cheese to dinner with new (non-vegan) friends this weekend. They told me they served the leftovers to (non-vegan) guests at another dinner party the next night. Now they all know that non-dairy cheese exists and that it’s excellent. (They liked Miyoko’s the best)
For the Sunday #FlowerReport, blooms from my #chocolate garden: Green Twister coneflower, chocolate cosmos “pirouette,” Queen Lime Blush zinnia, Black Knight scabiosa, chocolate nicotiana, Savannah grass, bunny tail 🐰grass. (Most seeds from Chocolate Flower Farm)l
Happy is definitely not a “thing.” She’s a sentient being w/ complex social needs and she belongs in a sanctuary with other elephants. It’s shameful that @BronxZoo refuses to free her. #BoycottZoos…
Tracking total calcium intake on a vegan diet is pointless bc absorption varies so much. Instead, eat 3 cups/day (3 ½ if you’re > 50) of any combination of foods with well-absorbed calcium: cruciferous veggies, calcium-set tofu, fortified milks/juices.
I updated my list of #vegan nutrition experts to include people from a wider range of disciplines as well as several non-vegans who say a lot of smart things about plant-based nutrition. Follow them all; I promise it will enhance your twitter experience.…
Everything you need to know to stay #vegan for life -- that's what I'll be discussing (in 12 minutes!) at the virtual @NEVegFest today at 1:45-ish.…
The original alternative protein! We need a Green New Deal for legumes. “Greater investment in legume breeding & heightened consumer awareness may facilitate a future shift to legumes as a major source of dietary protein.”…
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There are so many good ways to advocate for animals. Thank you @NEVegFest for showcasing the artists and musicians who use their gifts to promote compassion through this free virtual event. #NEVegFest…
I love @Tofurky and I love this adorable #treehouse. (Not sure I could live in it for 7 years, but I'd like to visit.) #veggiemeats #meatfromplants…
Whatever happened to #FollowFriday? Do people still do that? Regardless, if you like health professionals who embrace ethical food choices & evidence-based nutrition, please follow my list of #vegan RDs & MDs. These people are a gift to the twitterverse.…
Yes, I love this cookbook, too! The recipes are absolutely delicious, but so easy. Definitely one of my top 10 cookbooks.…
Yes, production of meat from chickens is animal cruelty on a massive scale. Happily, we already have excellent vegan alternatives (thanks @gardein!) and I'm so happy that more are on the way.…
You can get all nutrients through vegan food + appropriate supplementation. Of course if you eliminate oil and most sources of fat; don’t eat enough legumes, nuts and seeds; and are not eating enough calories … you’re going to be undernourished. That’s dieting. Not veganism.
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For the Sunday #FlowerReport chocolate nicotiana (seeds from Chocolate Flower Farm) + balloon flower ready to pop.
I mean "its" flavor, of course.
If you’re new to TVP please note that by itself, it’s flavor is not especially appealing. It really shines when cooked in some type of tomato sauce-based dish, though. 🍅
Who else still cooks with TVP – the unflavored granules? I love modern veggie meats, but cheap, old-fashioned TVP (sauteed w/ onions in a little oil) is still my go to for spaghetti sauce & sloppy joes. 1 serving =13 grams of protein (+ fiber, iron & potassium) for abt 30 cents.
Are vegetable oils “toxic” or “inflammatory”? Evidence strongly shows the very opposite of this widespread myth. Thread
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While I have no actual data, I’m confident that the average vegan knows that leafy greens are healthy and potato chips and cookies are treats. I’m not worried about this idea that vegans can’t tell the difference and are at risk b/c all plant-based foods have a “health halo.”
This seems like a good time to remind people that science-based #vegan doctors and dietitians not only make evidence-based recommendations and challenge dietary misinformation, but we’re also pro #vaccination in general and pro #COVID vax specifically.
I recommend vegans follow @NutritionMadeS3 , @DBelardoMD , @TheVeganRD and @JackNorrisRD. In my experience they align their goals with truth over ideology, and put out good content. No one will be perfect of course, but they are many eons ahead of the crazy crew.…
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What's your favorite commercial vegan burger to cook on the grill? Something that doesn't fall apart and is easy to flip. I've not had much success with Beyond Burgers (although the sausages work well).
Hotdogs, potato salad w/ corn & basil, coleslaw, tempeh in peanut butter BBQ sauce. (There was also wine. And ice cream w/ homemade strawberry-rhubarb sauce) All #vegan. All fabulous. And yes, all #realfood. #Happy4thofJuly
Finally, my website has a series of vegan nutrition primers and a food guide for vegans. 6/6
Working with their dietitians @herbiheather and @rymer_vegandrea and with @BDA_Dietitians, @TheVeganSociety in the UK provides evidence-based information on vegan diets on their website 5/6
The Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group @VNDPG) is the professional organization of dietitians w/ an interest in vegetarian and vegan diets. They produce fact sheets on their website on vegan nutrition. 4/6
The Vegetarian Resource Group @VegResourceGrp has articles on vegan nutrition on their website written or reviewed by Reed Mangels. Dr. Mangels is the foremost expert on vegan nutrition in pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy, and childhood. 3/6
Veganhealth is overseen by @JackNorrisRD (who created the site) @TaylorWolframRD , Reed Mangels, & me. It covers every single aspect of vegan nutrition you can think of (including everything you could ever want to know abt vit B12!) 2/6
Stick with these resources for online info about vegan nutrition. They don’t engage in hype about vegan diets or dismiss the fact that vegans need to give some attention to certain nutrients. Instead, they offer reliable information to help more people go and stay vegan. 1/6
Calcium-set tofu is tofu made with calcium sulfate. Look for it on the ingredient label. It's commonly available from major brands like @Nasoya. Tofu made w/ nigari is typically low in calcium.
Revised this from yesterday b/c several people told me it looked like you had to eat all of these foods together to = absorbed calcium from cow's milk. Nope. Just one serving of any of these = 1 cup cow's milk. (Also corrected serving size for juice.)
My least favorite thing: when someone w/ a large vegan following says that seaweed is a source of vitamin B12. And then refuses to correct this harmful misinformation when the mistake is pointed out (by many people). Endangering the health of vegans is not good animal activism.
Fortunately, there is nothing in cow’s milk you can’t get elsewhere. Plant foods provide calcium and protein. And vegan milks, cheeses, and ice cream are amazing. #DitchDairy #ChooseCompassion 2/3
As you explore plant sources of calcium, keep in mind that how much calcium you absorb from a food is as important as the amount of calcium in the food. Eg we absorb the same amt of calcium from 1 C of bok choy as from 1 C of milk even though bok choy contains less calcium. 3/3
On the last day of #nationaldairymonth it’s good to remember how dairy cows end their lives. They all go to slaughter. Based on this article in a veterinary journal, the trip is heartbreaking – it’s frightening, uncomfortable, and often painful. 1/3
Gentle reminder: It’s hot outside. Remember to put out water in a shady spot for little critters to get a sip. This one is for bees and insects, the little concrete balls provide them a place to land while they drink 🐝J
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@GeorgeMonbiot Cyanocobalamin supplements is the good, cheap and accessible source you should recommend. Do not recommend seaweed. @TheVeganRD…
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A good overview of the findings to date, including the recent study from Germany showing that vegan, vegetarian, and omnivore kids grow just fine when their diets are appropriately planned.……
And while we’re on the subject, no, you can’t get B12 from tempeh, mushrooms, sea veggies, sauerkraut, or by ingesting dirt from unwashed vegetables (abt as appealing as gnat-eating IMO). Vegans get vit B12 from supplements, fortified foods, or nooch grown on a B12-rich medium.
You cannot get adequate vitamin B12 on a vegan diet by inadvertently swallowing a gnat once in a while. My hope is that this is not news to anyone. But it could be because I just read this claim on FB.
Baking with oil rather than butter is easier, faster and just as delicious
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Let’s hear it for those who would rather read a book, attend their kid’s soccer game, or trap feral cats than spend time in the kitchen. Cooking is great if you enjoy it (and it’s accessible to you). But you can do the bare minimum and still eat a #vegan diet.
If you like plant foods that are rich in unsaturated fats like nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil and other oils, don’t be afraid to eat them. They are good for you! 4/4
Vegan diets that restrict fat-rich foods haven’t been shown to be any better for weight loss, heart health, or controlling diabetes than diets that include nuts, seeds, avocados, and added fats. 3/4
Vegan diets that are ultra-low in fat can end up being too low in protein. Boosting protein intake is especially important for people who are losing weight. It might help in managing blood pressure, too. 2/4
There is no reason to think that a #vegan diet that eliminates fat-rich foods is the “best” vegan diet. It makes no sense to avoid foods like nuts or vegetable oils to lower risk for heart disease since these foods are good for heart health. 1/4…
Vegans don’t always have the best reputation for being science-savvy and evidence-based. We need to change that image. Here's a start: 1. Don’t promote hype about #vegan diets and health. 2. Get vaccinated. 3. Take a B12 supplement and tell your vegan friends to take theirs.
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