Author Archive | Nivien Saleh

Let's crack a pomegranate. Not only does this fruit boast a delightful flavor, it also offers amazing health benefits.

Let’s Crack a Pomegranate

Pomegranate season is upon us! When I was a child, I spent fall vacation at my aunt Susu’s in Alexandria, Egypt. She lived on the fourth floor of a 1940s apartment complex near the ocean. Every day peddlers guided their donkey-drawn carts through the neighborhood streets, loudly advertising the fruits and vegetables they had for sale. […]

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Proteinaholic: Garth Davis Says Meat, not Sugar, is the Cause of Diabetes

Proteinaholic Says Meat, Not Sugar, Causes Diabetes

It takes courage to admit one has been wrong. Courage is what made Garth Davis write Proteinaholic, a book that calls out animal protein and animal fat for causing some of the most expensive preventable diseases in this country. By his own account Dr. Davis, a successful bariatric surgeon at University General Hospital in Houston, […]

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With Pope Francis, Change Your Diet and Change the World

An Unpalatable Piece of Writing

A few weeks ago I wrote an op-ed based on the report “Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies” and submitted it to a number of news websites, but without success. When I mentioned this to friends who knew the publishing industry, they explained that the piece might be offensive to the Jewish community and other American audiences. The last thing […]

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Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies

Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies: A Look at the Encyclical Laudato Si’

For a printer-friendly pdf file, click here. For an executive summary (i.e. the short version), click here. On May 24, 2015, Pope Francis published his ambitious encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise Be to You”).[1] It is his clarion call to save Earth from the environmental catastrophe that we, the human family, have inflicted upon it. Passionately […]

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Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies

Why Pope Francis Wants You to Eat Veggies: The Short Version

On May 24, 2015, Pope Francis published the ambitious encyclical Laudato Si’ (“Praise be to You”), his call to save Earth from environmental calamity. It is especially significant in that it is the first such appeal issued by the leader of a major faith tradition. SweetOnion.Net examines how whole plant foods contribute to individual and environmental health. That’s why I decided, […]

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I'm learning to grow vegetables

I’m learning to grow vegetables

If you asked my former classmates Julie and Erin if I have a green thumb, they would laugh: The few times they left me in charge of their beloved potted plants, they either got them back dehydrated or overwatered. Over the years I myself became convinced that greenery just didn’t get along with me. You may […]

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When eating rice, mind the arsenic

When Eating Rice, Mind the Arsenic

Rice is a staple in diets around the world, and if you are plant-based, chances are you make a rice dish every now and then. Health advocates like Dr. Raj Patel, the author of The Healthy Indian Diet, have advised that we choose brown rice over white rice. The reason is that brown rice has been […]

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