VSS eNewsletter 21 June 2010

Vegetarian Society (Singapore)
21 June 2010
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Editor's Note


Veg Diet According to Your Body Type – 27 Jun
Eco Harmony Bazaar
VSS Open for Donations at SG Gives
Another Way to Donate to Save Lives
June Veg Vibe Features VSS FB Coordinator
The VSS InBox – Stickers
VSS in The Online Citizen
Letter to ST Forum Page

Health Minister Goes Plant Based!
Engine 2 Plant-Based Diet Results
Simple Vegetarian Cookbook Now Online
Holistic Management & Prevention of
Cancer & Chronic Illnesses

Cooking Classes at Yes Natural
Study Suggests Veg Diets Reduce Bowel Disease Risk
Veg Ingredients List
Veg Cartoonist Wins (U.S.) Cartoonist of the Year
Anything Is Possible: Veg in Mongolia
Quick and Easy Middle Eastern Veg Cooking
Jun-Aug Class Schedule for Ami’s Veggie Heart
Brown Rice May Lower Diabetes Risk

We're happy to hear that the Health Minister has returned to office. We are also delighted to learn that he has adopted a plant-based diet!
Dr George M Jacobs

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Veg Diet According to Your Body Type – 27 Jun

On Sun, 27 Jun, 3pm, VSS Exco member and TCM physician, Douglas Teo, will give a talk in Mandarin: Vegetarian Diet according to Your Body Type.

The talk is free and will be held at the Meeting Room of Bukit Merah Public Library. Reservations are not available. Thus, seating is on a first come, first served basis:

Douglas will explain the TCM holistic view on relationship between humans and their environment. The audience will get to know about their body type and what to eat according to their body type, based on a meatless diet.


Eco Harmony Bazaar

On Sat, 10 Jul, 10am-7pm, our friends at Kampung Senang - http://www.kg-senang.org.sg – are holding an Eco Harmony Bazaar featuring:

Healthy vegetarian meals & organic foods
Energy healing
Natural therapies services
Baby yoga
Healing exercise & energy healing
Plus, VSS will be selling our Meal-in-a-Glass Smoothie. Come and see how to make it for yourself.

Location: Blk 106 Aljunied Crescent, #01-205 (near Aljunied MRT)



VSS Open for Donations at SG Gives

SG Gives, or Singapore Gives - https://www.sggives.org - is an online donation portal for donors who seek to give to Singapore-registered charities. It is an initiative of the National Volunteer and Philanthropy Centre. Unlike fundraising through flag days, gala dinners or charity auctions, SG Gives allows donations to be made day and night, all week, all year round.

VSS is now listed on SG Gives. Here’s what it says about us:

Moving towards a diet rich in plant foods will benefit human health, the environment and the non-human animals with whom we share the planet. Sadly, meat consumption continues to increase. Thus, one of humanity's most urgent tasks is convincing people that eating less meat is both essential and doable.

Of course, you can also donate via the VSS web: http://www.vegetarian-society.org/support_vss



Another Way to Donate to Save Lives

The savvy folks at SG Gives have another idea for encouraging donations to VSS and other charities. As is shown in the example below from the SG Gives website, when someone passes away, their family can suggest that in lieu of flowers or other tokens, well-wishers donate to VSS via the SG Gives website.

"A simple service will be held today,
March 5th, at 3.45pm,
Mandai Crematorium Hall 3,

Rather than receive floral tributes, Richard and Wendy's eish is to support Assisi Hospice.
Any donations will be gratefully received via



June Veg Vibe Features VSS FB Coordinator

The Jun issue of VegVibe -
http://vegvibe.com/VegVibeJune10.pdf - features the coordinator of VSS’s FB page, Edmond Chua. Lots of other must read stuff, including info on Puppy Farms (bad) and avocadoes (good).

The VSS InBox – Stickers

A reader who is a teacher asked where to find the Love Us Not Eat Us sticker that she had seen at the VSS booth at the veg Food Fair in Yishun in May. The stickers, which also come in car decal size, are made in SG and can be found at http://www.loveusnoteatus.com


The stickers are a big hit with students, and speaking of students, please don’t forget the free VSS student membership scheme:



VSS in The Online Citizen

The Online Citizen is a local new media outlet. On 17 Jun, they ran a piece by a VSS Exco member, explaining the benefits of moving towards a plant based diet



One feature of new media is that it is often easy to post comments, whereas, as you can see in the following piece, publishing comments in old media, such as The Straits Times, can be difficult. So, please do visit the above link and comment. Many people have already taken part in a lively debate.


Letter to ST Forum Page

Seems that the following letter was not published by ST. We haven’t had any letters published in the traditional media this year, but we aren’t giving up.

I refer to 'Animals as food', The Sunday Times of 13 June (p. C3). The author, Adele Ong, questions whether we should make animals give their lives so that humans can eat fancy dishes, such as shark's fin and veal.

I would further question whether we need to make any animals give their lives to become food for humans. A large body of research suggests that humans can obtain all the nutrition we need without eating non-human animals.

For example, in 2009, the American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organisation of health and nutrition professionals, issued an evidence based position paper stating that vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate and can even have health benefits: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-07/


Appearing on the same page of The Sunday Times as Ms Ong's article are photos of cute animals whom are up for adoption. Why are we so kind to cats, dogs and other species whom we take as pets, while at the same time we condemn other species, such as chickens and pigs, to short, miserable lives?


Health Minister Goes Plant Based!

Here from his blog is the great news that Health Minister Khaw Boon Wan has taken up a plant based diet:




Engine 2 Plant-Based Diet Results

Previously, we reported on the significant health improvements recorded by three US firefighters when they switched to a plant based diet as recommended by Rip Esselstyn, who is a former fire fighter and a son of Dr Caldwell Esselstyn. If those three guys can change, there’s hope for others!




Simple Vegetarian Cookbook Now Online

Simple Vegetarian is a cookbook by noted local vegetarian speaker and teacher, Wong Kee Yew. All the recipes in the book are delicious without using eggs, milk, garlic/onion or artificial additives, and with all raw ingredients. Kee Yew wants his recipes to suit vegetarians of different paths and preferences.

The stories behind the making of Simple Vegetarian can be read at:


The book is now available, at US$7, online at:



Holistic Management & Prevention of Cancer & Chronic Illnesses

Earlier this year, Dr Raymond Yuen did a talk for VSS at Bukit Merah Public Library. On Sat, 26 Jun, Dr Yuen is among the speakers in a Christian based seminar on nutritional strategies for health. Among the other speakers is Prof Ruan, an oncologist and researcher at Zurich University.

Date: 26 Jun, 1.30-5pm; registration begins at 1pm
Place: Furama City Centre, Level 5, 60 Eu Tong Sen St
Language: English with Mandarin translation
Cost: $10
Info: 6250.8577



Cooking Classes at Yes Natural

Bliss and Wisdom Society will be conducting a series of vegetarian "Healthy Lifestyle Classes cum Cooking" from Jul to Aug to be conducted in English.

Dates:4/7, 11/7, 18/7, 1/8, 8/8 & 15/8/10 (Sun)
(First 3 Sundays of Jul and Aug)
Time: 4pm-5.30pm
Place: 599 Geylang Road, #02-00
(Yes Natural, 2nd storey)
Fee: FOC. Required deposit of $20, refundable if you attend at least 4 lessons
Enquiries: Ms Iris Sia Xiu Hua or Koh Lee Yong at 6547.1580.
Contents: Ecofriendly diet and lifestyle, healthy vegan diet cooking, etc.



Study Suggests Veg Diets Reduce Bowel Disease Risk

Here’s a study that people with bowel trouble in their family may want to know about.

Animal Protein Intake and Risk of Inflammatory Bowel Disease: The E3N
Prospective Study

The American Journal of Gastroenterology, (11 May 2010)

Diet composition has long been suspected to contribute to inflammatory bowel
disease (IBD), but has not been thoroughly assessed, and has been assessed
only in retrospective studies that are prone to recall bias. The aim of the
present study was to evaluate the role of dietary macronutrients in the
etiology of IBD in a large prospective cohort.

The Etude épidémiologique des femmes de la Mutuelle Générale de l'Education
Nationale cohort consists of women living in France, aged 40-65 years, and
free of major diseases at inclusion. A self-administered questionnaire was
used to record dietary habits at baseline. Questionnaires on disease
occurrence and lifestyle factors were completed every 24 months. IBDs were
assessed in each questionnaire until June 2005, and subsequently validated
using clinical and pathological criteria. We estimated the association
between nutrients or foods and IBD using Cox proportional hazards models
adjusted for energy intake.

Among 67,581 participants (705,445 person-years, mean follow-up since
completion of the baseline dietary questionnaire 10.4 years), we validated
77 incident IBD cases. High total protein intake, specifically animal
protein, was associated with a significantly increased risk of IBD, (hazards
ratio for the third vs. first tertile and 95% confidence interval being 3.31
and 1.41-7.77 (P trend=0.007), and 3.03 and 1.45-6.34 (P trend=0.005) for
total and animal protein, respectively). Among sources of animal protein,
high consumption of meat or fish but not of eggs or dairy products was
associated with IBD risk.

High protein intake is associated with an increased risk of incident IBD in
French middle-aged women.



Veg Ingredients List

Vegetarian Resource Group – www.vrg.org – has kindly put online its Guide to Food Ingredients. The Guide lists the uses, sources, and definitions of 200 common food ingredients: http://www.vrg.org/ingredients

The Guide provides an easy-to-read, useful list of ingredients commonly found in many foods and beverages that indicates whether they are vegetarian, vegan, or non-vegetarian. This assists people in deciphering ingredient labels.


Veg Cartoonist Wins (U.S.) Cartoonist of the Year

Dan Pisaro, the veg creator of the Bizarro comic that used to appear in The Straits Times, recently won Cartoonist of the Year in the U.S.:


You can visit his website to continue enjoying his cartoons: http://www.bizarro.com

To see the cartoon on the above right more clearly, visit: http://tinyurl.com/266tnjf



Anything Is Possible: Veg in Mongolia

A reader sent in the following good news.

An unlikely vegetarian movement is taking root in Mongolia, where livestock outnumber people 14 to 1, and annual meat consumption tops 200 pounds per person.

The first vegetarian restaurant in Mongolia, Ananda's Cafe, opened in 2006. Today more than 20 vegetarian and vegan restaurants dot the capital, Ulaanbaatar, and a handful of others are scattered throughout the country. Ananda's has launched a catering service, and another popular restaurant, Luna Blanca, now sells frozen faux-mutton dumplings in local supermarkets.

The vegetarian restaurateurs are mostly Mongolians...
more: http://www.eurasianet.org/node/61212


Quick and Easy Middle Eastern Veg Cooking

Genesis Health Food Restaurant, 1 Lorong Telok (off Circular Rd), is doing another of their Quick and Easy veg cooking classes on
Sun, 4 Jul, 4-7pm, at $50 (dinner inclusive).
This time, the emphasis is on Middle Eastern cuisine, such as hummus and pita bread (pictured together above) and lentil rice. Contact: Agnes at 9145.4218 or genesishf@yahoo.com.sg

Jun-Aug Class Schedule for Ami’s Veggie Heart

Ami is offering a wide variety of classes featuring Local, Indian and Western cuisine. For details, contact Ami at ami@amisveggieheart.com or 9144.6105. Pls register at least 3 working days before to guarantee a seat. Each class will be at $55/- which is payable on that day by cash (**Paneer Special Class on July 6th will be $65/-). After each class there will be either lunch or a high tea session.

1. 29 Jun, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
2. 06 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
3. 10 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
4. 13 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
5. 17 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
6. 20 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
7. 24 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
8. 27 Jul, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
9. 31 Jul, Sat, 2-4pm
10. 03 Aug, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
11. 07 Aug, Sat, 2-4pm
12. 14 Aug, Sat, 2-4pm
13. 17 Aug, Tue, 10am-12noon and 2-4pm
14. 21 Aug, Sat, 2-4pm



Brown Rice May Lower Diabetes Risk

According to a large-scale study by researchers at Harvard and elsewhere, people who eat brown rice or other whole grains seem to have a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who eat white rice. Read more at


And, in SG, what’s the best type of eatery for brown rice? A veg eatery. More and more veg eateries, including hawkers, offer brown rice. If the one you visit doesn’t have brown rice, please try some gentle persuasion. Maybe they could start by mixing brown and white. In contrast, brown rice seems to be as common as a needle in a rice stack at non-veg eateries.



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