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Supplements: More is not better

Does it seem to you that when scientists identify a particular substance in food with  disease-fighting power,  it becomes a hot commodity in the form of a supplement?   Consider that ...

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The #1 way to control eating while watching TV

Do you eat too much while watching TV or at the movies? A recent study by Dr. Brian Wansink, the mindless eating guru, looked at the issue and seemed to ...

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What has happened to nutrition research: Carbs versus fat?

It used to be that when I came across scientific research, the best way to begin judging the merits of the study was to look at whether the investigation was ...


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Pumpkin Barley Oat Streusel Muffins

If you’re looking for a whole grain flour for your baking, consider  ...
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Black Bean Barley Salad

What better time to expand your whole grain horizons than Whole Grains ...
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Tomato Heaven – Roasted Tomato, Ricotta and Egg Sandwich

Last month I had the pleasure of accompanying my travel writer daughter, ...

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6 top reasons to love barley

It’s September and that means it’s time to celebrate Whole Grains Month. And there’s no better time to be adventurous in your whole grain eating. Including barley is a super way to start. All too often, it’s used only in soups but considering its wonderfully chewy texture, surprising versatility and nutritional perks, it’s under-utilized. Barley’s […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Vitamin D and arthritis pain

“I’ve  read that there’s evidence that vitamin D has analgesic effects for those with arthritis pain. Do you know anything about this?”, asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan Alison Smiley. Alison, there is certainly a lot of scientific research being conducted on the subject of vitamin D and pain, in particular arthralgia or joint pain. Most […]

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Before you skip breakfast, read this

One after another, the headlines screamed, Why Breakfast May Not Be The Most Important Meal Of The Day, Skipping breakfast might not be bad for weight loss  and then finally the New York Times Magazine piece,  Is Breakfast Overrated? by Gretchen Reynolds where  she concluded,  “For now, the slightly unsatisfying takeaway from the new science […]

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Blueberry, Watermelon and Walnut Salad

While ice cream may be an occasional summertime treat,  blueberries and watermelon can certainly give it a run for its money as seasonal favourites. And when you combine their arsenal of disease-fighting weaponry, their appeal can’t be beat. This recipe,   adapted from BC Blueberries,  combines both nutrition-packed favourites along with another  superstar, walnuts. If you […]

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5 easy ways to help stop portion distortion

Portion distortion is definitely a major contributor to girth control issues. Even if you’re going for healthy options (other than maybe low-calorie vegetables),  large servings can make the calories and pounds add up. While everyone knows that large servings of  high calorie fare such as  cake, cookies and fried snack foods can contribute to weight […]

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Bocconcini Tomato Salad with Quinoa from The Healthy Italian

Fina Scroppo is one busy lady.  Over the years, I worked with her on many an occasion where she edited my nutrition columns or interviewed me for pieces she was writing. What I didn’t know, though, was about her love of cooking, especially the Italian traditions of her family.  But it’s  very evident in her […]

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Cognitive function: sorting through the science and science fiction

Maintaining cognitive function is a hot topic indeed.  From scientific research and books on the topic to  smart food choices, supplements and tonics,  there is definitely growing interest in how to maintain your smarts. One interesting area of research is the link between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s disease.  Type 2 diabetes begins with insulin resistance […]

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Food for thought – the latest on maintaining your smarts

Food for thought has become a hotbed of research as our population ages. Statistics show that the proportion of  seniors are climbing and with these increasing  figures comes  a greater concern about  maintaining cognitive function. If you are seeking solutions to  stave off  a decline in brain power for yourself or a loved one, be […]

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