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KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut launch new Palm Oil Policy

KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut launch new Palm Oil Policy

by Nina Casalena, The VRG Blog Editor

Greenpeace welcomes Yum! Brands new palm oil procurement policy. Yum! Brands includes KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut under their umbrella. Rolf Skar, Forest Campaign Director for Greenpeace USA responded with the following statement:
“Yum! Brands’ “Yum! Brands’ new palm oil policy; is a good sign it’s listening to customers around the world who want rainforest destruction taken off the menu.” said Rolf Skar, Forest Campaign Director at Greenpeace USA. “Yum!’s announcement moves the company closer to being deforestation-free, but there’s still room for improvement. Yum! needs to more clearly define terms like ‘high carbon stock forest’ and ‘best management practices’ for peatlands in order to make sure change really happens on the ground.”
“Fast food companies have multiple high-risk commodities like soy, beef and paper in their supply chains. When it comes to social conflict and deforestation, Greenpeace wants to see Yum! Brands and the whole fast food industry address these issues in a comprehensive way–or risk their brands, reputations and bottom lines. In the absence of clear commitments to prevent forest destruction, companies like Burger King and Subway are falling further behind and should work quickly to develop standards for the global commodities they buy.

Do Vegetarians need vitamin and mineral supplements?

Do vegetarians and vegans need vitamin supplements?

vitamins and veggies
vitamins and veggies

With careful meal planning and a basic knowledge of how to create a balanced vegetarian or vegan diet, it is possible to obtain the vitamins and minerals  your body requires to maintain good health without taking supplements.

If, however you don't have the time or don't implement your diet plan properly , you will not get all of the essential nutrients to maintain good overall health. Vegetarians should be particularly concerned with having sufficient iron and vitamin B12, and vegans should keep an eye on their calcium, iron and vitamin B12 intake. All women should be concerned about  iron deficiency, especially if they prefer a vegetarian or vegan diet.

If you choose to take supplements you should look for supplements that are derived purely from non-animal sources, and those which include all the basic vitamins and minerals listed below.

 Veggie sources of  iron

Meat is known to be the most abundant  source of iron, some veggie based sources include:

  • dried fruit, including plums and raisins
  • peas, beans, and  lentils
  • dark-green vegetables,including spinach and broccoli  wheat and grain bread, brown rice and whole grain products
  • nuts
  • cereal that has been fortified with iron

If you remember  to include some of these foods in your daily diet, you will probably be getting enough iron.

Veggie sources of vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is strictly limited to being derived from animal sources. If you consume eggs and dairy products you more than likely get enough. If you are on a vegan diet you probably need B12 supplements.

Non meat sources of vitamin B12 will include:

  • breakfast cereals that have been fortified with vitamin B12
  • soya products that have been fortified with vitamin B12

Veggie sources of calcium

Calcium is vital for strong bones. Vegetarians receive enough calcium from dairy products, but vegans need to get calcium from other sources.

Veggie based sources of calcium include:

  • fortified  rice, soybeans and oat milk
  • leafy green vegetables not including spinach
  • almonds
  • dried fruit, such as raisins and prunes
  •  bread(white or wheat)

Gluten free diet

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by Marline Caplan

What is a gluten free diet?

A gluten free diet is a diet that restricts the use of wheat and wheat products, barley, malt and rye.  The use of gluten may be restricted  due to a gluten sensitivity, or celiac disease. Gluten is possibly associated with quite a few other illnesses in the human body.  Some neurological illnesses might be caused and/or exacerbated by gluten in the diet.

The following brain disorders  show improvement on a gluten-free diet:

    • Schizophrenia: A certain type of of schizophrenia patients has huge improvements by removing gluten.


    • Autism: Large studies have suggested that people diagnosed with autism have an improvement in their symptoms with a gluten-free diet .


  •          Epilepsy: There have been many incidences of patients that have  epilepsy having significant improvement when removing gluten from their diets.

In addition, celiac disease has been associated with many other serious diseases, most having little to do with digestion.

         The following foods and food ingredients are considered to be gluten free:

Food that doesn't contain  gluten: Corn  (corn flour, corn meal, grits,etc.). Rice  (white(, brown, basmati and enriched rice). Also,buckwheat, amaranth,  Montina, quinoa, teff, millet,  sorghum and soy.

The ingredients:
Annatto, glucose syrup, lecithin, maltodextrin (even when it is made from wheat), oat gum, plain spices, silicon dioxide, starch, food starch and vinegar (only malt vinegar might contain gluten). Also citric, lactic and malic acids as well as sucrose, dextrose and lactose; and these baking products: arrowroot, cornstarch, guar and xanthan gums, tapioca flour or starch, potato starch flour and potato starch, vanilla.

These  foods:
Milk, butter, margarine, real cheese, plain yogurt and vegetable oils including canola. Plain fruits, vegetables, (fresh, frozen and canned), meat, seafood, eggs, nuts, beans and legumes and flours made from them.

Distilled vinegar is gluten free. (See malt vinegar under NO below).

Distilled alcoholic beverages are gluten free because distillation effectively removes gluten from wheat. They are not gluten free if gluten-containing ingredients are added after distillation, but this rarely, if ever, happens.

Mono and diglycerides are fats and are gluten free.

Spices are gluten free. If there is no ingredient list on the container, it contains only the pure spice noted on the label.


What is a vegetarian

What is a Vegetarian

by Marline Caplank1295061

A vegetarian is a person who  eats a diet that consists mostly or entirely of  food stuffs that come strictly from plants  such as vegetables,  fruits, legumes, nuts, and grain products. The term' Vegetarian' is divided into several sub-categories. Vegetarians have meals that contain of no meat or animal fat, although they may consume dairy products or sometimes fish. Vegans are  people who use no animal products whatsoever, in any form. A gluten free diet is sometimes associated with vegetarianism, and isn't necessarily meat free, as long as it is wheat free.

Health Attributes

Many studies have indicated that vegetarian diets  lower the risk for several health concerns. It is seen to lower the incidences of obesity, high blood pressure, and even  heart disease and certain  cancers. It is also shown to help moderate symptoms of diabetes. A  vegetarian diet should be carefully planned to ensure that it includes all the necessary vitamins and minerals.

How does it improve health?

Many researchers tend to believe that a  predominately vegetarian diet induces better health mainly because it has less saturated fat, protein, and cholesterol in general than diets that contain  animal foods. Predominately plant based diets also deliver more vitamins, minerals,  antioxidants, and  fiber, and numerous  phytochemicals  than diets containing more  meat . Researchers also tend to believe that its natural for humans to consume plant derived foods. Some vegetarians don,t  consume animal products based on cultural, moral, religious  or philosophical reasons.

What complications may be present?

Those people who are planning to implement a strict vegetarian diet, must ensure that they get enough protein. There are other  nutrients that a vegetarian should be careful to include in their diets, such as vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and iron (see chart).  It is generally recommended that a person planning to become a vegetarian should consult with a registered dietitian before beginning. This is a good idea because a vegetarian diet may have a wide variance of what foods are included in what is actually eaten, and people may  not get all the essential nutrients . Seeing a dietitian is more critical children and pregnant women. Women who are breastfeeding should take supplements of vitamin B12 to ensure the proper development of their infants.  Dietitians will recommend  a gradual diet change  to help your body adjust to changes more slowly. 

Mint The Healing Herb

Mint The Healing Herbs

Mint The Healing Herbs

Mint is believed to have a number of health benefits. To know more about these benefits. Go to my other page on my web Welcome to Food Remedies,


  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup water


  1. 1 Bring the water to a boil (let sit for a few minutes to prevent burning the tea).
  2. 2 Place loose-leaf tea in the pot or pan, add the hot water, stir, and let steep for about five minutes.
  3. 3 If using the tea pot method or pan, strain tea in a large mug and ad your kind of sweeter... enjoy.




Chili Rellenos

Chili Rellenos

Chili Rellenos


  • 6 poblano chilies
  • 8 ounces of cheese of your choice, string cheese, mozzarella, or Monterrey Jack.
  • ( I use mild cheddar cheese )
  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 1 large green pepper
  • Batter:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour,
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt, plus a pinch for sprinkling
  • ( I use salt free seasoning )
  • 3 large eggs


  1. To prepare the chilies:
  2. Position a rack on the upper most shelf of the broiler element and preheat. Put the chilies on a foil-lined broiler pan and broil, turning occasionally with tongs, until the skin is charred, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chilies to the sink in water and carefully rub the charred skin off the chilies.
  3. ( I use a rack on top the stove, turning occasionally with tongs, until the skin is charred )
  4. I using a small knife, make a lengthwise slit along the side of each chilies to form a pocket. Carefully cut out and discard the seeds.
  5. Cut the cheese into 6 (1/4-inch-thick) slabs, about 3/4 the length of each chili ( your chilies probably vary in length so tailor the cheese to the chilies). Slip the cheese pieces into the pocket of each chili so they're 2/3 full. (If the cheese protrudes from the chili, just cut a little off.) "Sew" each chili shut with a wooden skewer or long toothpick. (The skewers should be longer than the chilies, so they can be easily pulled out after frying.)
  6. Whisk the flour, baking powder and eggs, salt in a large bowl to make a smooth batter.
  7. okay, slice the sweet onion and the green pepper in any size you want and butter in a small saucepan and add the sweet onion and the green pepper , cook in till soft.
  8. ( I add the sweet onion and the green pepper in my chilies and on top after they are cooked )
  9. ( You can add anything you like to your Chili Rellenos )
  10. In a large, wide, heavy-bottomed pan. pour in the oil to a depth of about 3 inches. Heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer inserted in the oil registers 365 degrees F.
  11. ( I just test the hot oil with a drip of batter , if it sizzles , its hot enough )
  12. Dip your stuffed chilies one at a time in the batter, and carefully add to the oil.
  13. Fry, turning the chilies once, until golden brown and crispy, about 4 minutes per chili.
  14. Using tongs, transfer the chilies to a dry paper tall on a plate to drain. Sprinkle with salt, to taste. Gently pull out and discard the skewers.
  15. Recipe By Marline Caplan and Father Joe Marquez.
  16. Hello, My Father was a great cook. Love you Dad... ( RIP )
  17. My Father tot me how to cook. Thank You Dad xo

Tasty Sweet Potatoes Stuffed

Tasty Sweet Potatoes Stuffed

Tasty Sweet Potatoes Stuffed


  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 banana shallot, finely chopped
  • 400g can chickpeas, drained
  • 75g baby leaf spinach
  • small bunch dill, finely chopped
  • zest and juice 1 lemon
  • For the tahini yogurt
  • 60g Greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 20g pine nuts, toasted
  • 110g pomegranate seeds


  1. Wrap each potato in foil and put directly on the hot coals of a barbecue for 35-45 mins, depending on the size of the potatoes. Insert a skewer into each one to check that they’re cooked. (Alternatively, heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and put the foil-wrapped potatoes on a large baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 45 mins-1 hr or until the centre is soft. Once cooked, put under a hot grill for 3 mins until the skin is blackened and crispy.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the garlic and shallot and fry for 2-3 mins or until softened, then stir the chickpeas into the mixture. Gently warm through for 1 min or so, then add the spinach and leave to wilt. Add the dill.
  3. Whisk together the lemon juice, zest and remaining olive oil in a small bowl. Season to taste and stir into the chickpea mixture. Gently mash with a potato masher until the chickpeas are slightly crushed. Mix together the yogurt and tahini in another small bowl, and season to taste with salt.
  4. Split the potatoes open lengthways. Fill with the bean mixture, drizzle over the tahini yogurt and top with the pine nuts and pomegranate seeds.


an ideal vegetarian option or make it vegan using a dairy-free yogurt alternative


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