Author Archives | Rosie Schwartz

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 above. Agropur, the largest dairy company/ cooperative in the country by sales, is behind this ridiculousness with their Nano line of yogurt from iÖGO.  I […]

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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 peanut butter is off putting enough to make them forgo that kind and go for other varieties. Various ideas about getting rid of the oil […]

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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 both the research and the notion that breakfast skipping is a smart idea. It’s not. Breakfast remains as the most important meal of the day. […]

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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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Almond Flax Bites – A speedy snack to make and enjoy

While snacks are key to bridge the gap between meals, the perfect combo of nuts or seeds and fruit can get pretty boring. Here’s a simple option from the Almond Board of California that includes both ground flaxseed and almonds along with blueberries – a pretty potent mix of nutrients with lots of staying power. […]

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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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Stuffed Peppers – a plant-based recipe

In my last post, the issue of ultra-processed plant-based foods was on the table.  Somehow these foods are getting an undeserved health halo and it’s time to recognize them for what they are. While there are commercial products available in the marketplace that would measure up to a homemade plant-based dish as a healthy choice, […]

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