Posts Tagged ‘Osteoporosis’

Healthy Bytes from Well-Being Journal #1

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

This is an excerpt on “Dental Health, Nutrition and Phytic Acid” from the March/April 2015 issue of Well-Being Journal, one of my favorite health magazines and also info from the Internet. I chose this “byte” because of the relationship between phytic acid and sprouted grains, beans, etc. (Pages 13-14) and the relationship between phytic acid and osteoporosis, especially after menopause.  And September is Menopause Awareness Month, so everything is connected!


As the piece explains, there are four main items that contribute to tooth decay, taken from the insights of Mellanby and Weston Price, DDS.

  1. Lack of minerals in the diet, especially calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous.
  2. Lack of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K with an emphasis on D.)
  3. Too much consumption of phytic acid-rich foods.*
  4. Too much consumption of processed sugar.* Phytic acid is a mineral blocker and enzyme inhibitor found in (unsprouted) grains, beans, and seeds. Sprouting or grain fermentation nullifies the phytic acid.Additionally, the article in Well Being Journal states even more strongly: According to research published in The Lancet, a diet high in phytic acid will create mineral deficiencies and cause osteoporosis.Now, consider the fact that we are told to eat more whole grains and beans, without realizing  the phytic acid coating these “health foods” blocks the absorption of the minerals found in  all   these foods.So sprouting, which I have been writing about since I started blogging in 2003, is  an important step to consider before stocking up on grains and beans.Incidentally, I have found sprouted red rice, sprouted quinoa, sprouted oats,  and sprouted almond butter at the health food store, a rather recent phenomenon and not available when I co-owned a sprouting operation.

    From another source: September is Menopause Awareness Month  ( and on the website for healthy women is very important information, including this:”It’s during this time, and continuing on to and beyond menopause, that our health changes, and many of these changes are silent ones. Declining estrogen levels cause a loss of bone, increasing your risk of osteoporosis. These declining levels may also lead to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.”




I have many postings on sprouting (Put sprouting in the Search box or click on this link, “Sprout Heaven!” (  I also wrote a book called The Johnny Alfalfa Handbook, available from me. You can  order it through my email:  The price is about $10.00.

More importantly, look for sprouted grains and beans in your health food store and also consider buying dry beans, sprouting them and then putting them in the freezer until you need a handful. (Tru Roots is one of the brands I buy.)

A few days ago, I posted a dish that my grandson Max created, called Beanoa (rhymes with quinoa, pronounced keen-wha.) He made sprouted pinto beans with quinoa and here is the link:

So, what started as a dental tip ends up being information on the link between menopause,  osteoporosis, and phytic acid, nullified by sprouting. More “bytes” coming while I am away in Nova Scotia.

Happy Sprouting!





National Osteoporosis Month

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Bone loss is part of the aging process, especially after menopause. But Vivian Goldschmidt, MA, has a wonderful website that addresses this issue and how to stabilize and even rebuild bone loss with her website, SAVE OUR BONES.  (

Here was her topic heading for Mother’s Day, which I had to postpone posting until today because of my other postings takingprecedence:

This is followed by a list of why chocolate, an antioxidant,  is good for you. (My problem with chocolate is that is also high in sugar, so I choose bitter chocolate that is more than 75% oure chocolate and enjoy is judiciously. es):
Here is her synopsis of chocolate, which echoes some of my concern  (Parentheses are mine):
“Chocolate contains numerous bone-building minerals and powerful antioxidants. Dark chocolate, consumed in moderation, improves cardiovascular health, sleep, blood pressure, anxiety, skin quality, and mood…..Choose dark chocolate (70% cacao or more) to get the health benefits of chocolate. Eat it only in moderation, balanced with alkalizing foods.”
This is followed by Vivian’s recipe for  Chocolate Fruit Tart, reproduced below. Please go to her website ( for more info and to sign up for a weekly report. I really like the information and recipes. (This one is similar to a date pie recipe that I will post inthe future.)

Chocolate Fruit Tart

10 Servings



  • 1½ cups dates, pitted
  • 1½ cups raw almonds


  • ⅓ cup almond milk (or your favorite non-dairy milk)
  • 1 cup dark chocolate or cacao powder, chopped into small chunks, or
  • 1 large banana, thinly sliced
  • 2 pears, peeled and slivered
  • ¼ cup raw almonds, slivered


  1. Lightly oil a or 9″ tart pan or a 14×5″ rectangular pan with coconut oil.
  2. Blend the dates and almonds until the mixture becomes doughy. Small almond bits are fine.
  3. Press the almond date dough evenly along the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
  4. Place the chocolate in a heat-proof container, then heat the almond milk, and pour it over the chocolate. Pour the almond milk over the chocolate, and let sit for a minute or two. Stir until it reaches a smooth texture.
  5. Spread the chocolate syrup over the crust.
  6. Place the banana and pear slices over the chocolate and sprinkle the almonds over them.
  7. Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour before serving.

Thanx to for this great information and recipe to address osteporosis.