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Do you know about the vitamin D-sunlight and gut connection?

It’s not uncommon for many people to say that they suffer assorted symptoms, such as lethargy and depression, as the days get shorter but new research shows that the lack of sunlight affects so much more. There appears to be a connection between skin exposure to UVB light and the microbiome – that mix of […]

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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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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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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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Let’s celebrate Canada’s farmers

It’s Ontario Agriculture Week here, and in Saskatchewan it’s Agriculture Month – both are held to celebrate the hard work of farm families in producing food and agricultural products. Farmers and how they bring food to our tables simply don’t get enough attention. We hear about massive factory farms and somehow we’ve been led to […]

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Should you be afraid to eat foods with glyphosate in them?

You’re not alone if you feel as though you’re being gripped by fear of food. Headlines such as “Unsafe levels of a weed killer chemical in oat products, report says” from a few weeks ago and this week’s “Weed-killing chemical found in pasta, cereal and cookies sold in Canada: study” can rip away at your […]

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The natural sleep remedy melatonin: is it safe and effective?

There’s no doubt that getting enough sleep is key for good health. Too little shut-eye, besides making you feel lousy, is linked to weight gain and a higher risk for today’s common illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. As a result, sleep aids are hot sellers. For some, melatonin is the remedy of choice […]

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Do gluten digestive enzymes really work?

If you’re on a gluten-free diet, either because you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, being able to once again eat gluten with no side effects is probably a dream to you. Can you imagine being able to simply pop a pill to break down the gluten in food? Some supplement makers would have […]

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