Big Food flouts labelling laws yet no one cares

  Where do I begin? Misleading health claims, questionable ingredient lists, new nutrition labelling regulations with meaningless deadlines and questionable enforcement practices – this post is about all of the ...

A Canadian conundrum: how many peanuts are really in your peanut butter

I’ve been reading a number of social media posts lately about the best way to store natural peanut butter. For many people, that layer of oil on top of natural ...

Skip the latest study on breakfast but don’t forego the meal

Why was this study even published? If you’ve heard the latest research on breakfast and are now tempted to run out the door without eating breakfast, forget about it. Ignore ...


Almond Flax Bites – A speedy snack to make and enjoy

While snacks are key to bridge the gap between meals, the perfect ...

Stuffed Peppers – a plant-based recipe

In my last post, the issue of ultra-processed plant-based foods was on ...

Roasted Squash and Quinoa Salad

Hearty salads are great for this time of year and including whole ...

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Keeping our kids’ detox systems healthy

Detoxes and cleanses – we’re just not getting the message that these unproven and expensive regimens – diets and supplements and the like – are simply a waste of time and money. Many people are still looking for that magical elixir and try the latest offering. Just check out the number of hits when you […]

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Has Canada’s Food Guide gone Brazilian?

Yes, I’ve heard that question asked a number of times over the past couple of days. While you may wonder what that’s all about, I knew what Brazilian meant in this context as I had written about the dietary guidelines proposed by the Brazilian Population Ministry of Health a number of years back. It differed […]

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Your questions answered: Are lectins toxic?

Q: I have been reading your posts for years now, and, as a retired dietitian I find it hard to keep up with the pseudoscience and “trends” in diets. I look to you for up to date advice. Now, it’s lectins and a lectin-free diet. What’s that about? Somebody writing a book to make money […]

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Why some of the of the most ultra-processed foods are -wait for it- plant-based

Call me a cynic but I am now wondering if we are heading into fad territory in terms of all these plant-based commercial food products. Before you stop reading my post, hear me out. I’m not saying that plant-based foods are a fad. On the contrary, scientific research points to the huge number of health […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Should I be concerned about pesticides in tea?

  In my last post, I responded to the questions about both chicory tea and decaffeinated teas. In part 2, I’ll tackle those pesky and persistent rumours about pesticides in tea. This issue keeps coming up, in spite of evidence showing they’re not a concern. Apparently this dates to both a CBC Marketplace story back […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Is chicory tea a stimulant? What about decaf tea?

Question: “I have a new question which came up at our local tai chi class. Having tea at each class is part of the ritual but of course there are many who can’t have/won’t have caffeine so herbal teas are made instead. Now people are throwing out herbal teas with chicory because of the belief […]

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Quinoa: the crop that’s changed the life of its farmers

  Do you remember the uproar a few years back when news reports described how the popularity of quinoa was negatively affecting quinoa farmers in South America? The story was that ethical consumers needed to be aware that quinoa farmers could no longer afford to feed their families because of our love affair with the […]

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Is the food industry still calling the shots in formulating healthy eating regulations?

I really did think we were going to see a change in nutrition policy from this government. How could I have been so naïve? I should have known better considering Health Canada first proposed having an Added Sugars line in the new nutrition facts label but then dropped it, even though Canadians said they definitely […]

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