Apparently what I took for fact has been invalidated — the idea that you need to combine certain “complementary” vegetables to get a “complete” protein. The classic example being beans and rice.
Now that I think about it, my belief originated the same place it did for a lot of people: in the seminal 1971 book Diet for a Small Planet, which I perused during a brief stint of vegetarianism back in the day. The protein combining concept has since been discredited. Science wins again! ;)
Even if you’re not planning out a vegetarian diet, but instead substituting for meat as much as possible, it’s useful information to have.
The Belgian town of Ghent has declared that Thursdays are “Veggie Dag” — Veggie Day. Voluntarily, mind you.
In the Guardian — “Day of the lentil burghers: Ghent goes veggie to lose weight and save planet”
Ghent embarks on a radical experiment today, seeking to make every Thursday a day free of meat and of the fish and shellfish for which the city is renowned.
On the eve of what is being touted as an unprecedented exercise, the biggest queue in the Flemish university town of 200,000 yesterday was for signatures – to collect a bag of wholefood goodies and sign up for “Donderdag – Veggie Dag”, turning the burghers of Ghent into pioneers in the fight against obesity, global warming, cruelty to animals and against the myth that meat-free eating amounts to a diet of soggy lettuce, a slice of tomato, and a foul-tasting bean burger.
Try that in this country, and you’d have an armed insurrection on your hands.
Amusing article in the San Berdoo Sun contrasting the Inland Empire being known for both fast food and health food.
We have San Bernardino, known all over the world as the birthplace of the fast-food industry, and we have Loma Linda, which enjoys an international reputation as a bastion of vegetarianism. [...]
It’s an interesting historical dichotomy that during the late 1940s, the ’50s and the early ’60s, when San Bernardino entrepreneurs like Richard and Maurice McDonald, Glen Bell and Neal Baker were opening their McDonald’s and Taco Bell and Baker’s restaurants, the predominantly Seventh-day Adventist community of Loma Linda, a mere six miles away, was sailing innocently along as the only town in America where you couldn’t buy a hamburger anywhere.
Continued: “I.E.’s a veggie good place”
The article then goes on to list some of the best vegetarian options available at various restaurants around the area.