|Enewsletter • January 3, 2007|
Notes from Vegan Outreach
2006 – A Record Breaking Year
Our grand total for booklet requests in 2006 was 1,167,236, with 534,127 handed out on college campuses by Adopt a College activists! Thanks so much to everyone who took the animals' case directly to the public!
Happy New Year!
We hope you enjoyed the holidays. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to Vegan
Vegan Outreach activists are now gearing up for this coming semester. Many colleges are back in session next week, and we will work hard to reach hundreds of thousands of new students with our brochures.
With your help, we will make 2007 the best year ever for the animals!
Nutrition Tidbits, Jack Norris, RD
Start 2007 off right -- Get your iodine!
In the United States, perchlorate contamination of water and fresh vegetables in some geographical regions is now a concern. Perchlorate interferes with thyroid function, especially among people with low iodine intakes. You can read more about perchlorate and iodine in the article Perchlorate Controversy Calls for Improving Iodine Nutrition by David M. Crohn, PhD.
The bottom line here is to make sure you get enough iodine. I break a 225 mcg iodine supplement into quarters and take one every day. More info on iodine can be found here.
Anti-Soy Book Reviewed
Many of our readers have probably heard of the book (or seen excerpts from) The Whole Soy Story: The Dark Side of America's Favorite Health Food, by Kaayla T. Daniel. You can now read an excellent review of the book by Syd Baumel, founder of the website EatKind.net.
Soy & Breast Cancer
In April 2006, the results of a meta-analysis of soy intake and breast cancer risk showed a slightly decreased risk among women who ate more soy (Trock BJ, Hilakivi-Clarke L, Clarke R. Meta-analysis of soy intake and breast cancer risk. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2006 Apr 5;98(7):430-1). The analysis combined results of 17 previous studies (all that existed when the analysis was written in 2004) where soy intake and breast cancer rates were measured. This analysis showed that women who had the highest intake of soy had a slightly decreased risk of breast cancer compared to those in the lowest intake category. However, the intake categories were rather small. In the individual studies showing a protective effect of soy, the highest intake category was an average of 8 grams of soy protein per day, or about one serving per day. The highest intake category for soy in any of the 17 studies was 19 grams per day, or about 2 servings. That study showed no effect of soy.
This meta-analysis indicates that one serving of soy per day does not raise the risk of breast cancer and might even lower it slightly. Future studies will look at higher intakes of soy.
Product of the Week
Jean B of WA: Amy's Tofu Scramble Pocket Sandwich, heated for 1.5 min. in microwave, then topped with lots of Barlean's Flax Oil and Red Star powdered nutritional yeast. I top everything with flax oil and yeast -- popcorn, broccoli & other veggies, potatoes, bread, soy meats, etc. It's easy, fast, and super delicious. I never seem to tire of the flavor!
Notes from All Over
Vote for Veg Restaurant of the Year!
Voting for VegDining's Vegetarian Restaurants of the Year awards continues until January 15. Vote in as many city/area categories as you'd like. Visit VegDining.com to cast your vote. Thank you for participating in this very important means of promoting vegetarianism around the world!