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Come on Crayola – Keep your colours out of the mouths of babes

Exploring the world of brilliant colours can indeed be creative fun  for children. Eating these colours, though, is another matter entirely.  Science is showing that, for a vulnerable group of children, artificial food colours are linked to various adverse effects including hyperactivity. When you look back at the history of food, the popularity of artificial […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Consequences of eliminating dairy

“I recently went on a diet that excluded dairy. Are there not many cultures that don’t use milk? What are the consequences of a middle-aged female going dairy-free for a month, a year, or longer?” , asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan Dorothy Dobson. Dorothy, there are many reasons that people decide to cut dairy out […]

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Moldy food facts: a little mold can’t hurt you – or can it?

It’s that time of year when a bounty of local produce at a farmer’s market can be mighty tempting indeed.  While upping your fruit and vegetable purchases is certainly a smart nutritional move, how often in your quest for healthy eating have you simply bought too much produce? The result can be an excess of  […]

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Hooked on tuna? Go Canadian!

Tuna gets a bad rap- Canadian tuna, that is. Warnings abound about the risks of eating tuna due to the potential consequences of  ingesting mercury.  Even Health Canada  offers advice on the types of fish that should be eaten less often and tuna is at the top of the list.  Yet somehow Canadian tuna from […]

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Natural health products in Canada: buyer beware

It’s buyer beware when it comes to natural health products in Canada. According to new research conducted at the University of Guelph, the majority of herbal products on the market contain ingredients not listed on the label, with most companies substituting cheaper alternatives and using fillers.  The scientists used new technology  – DNA barcoding to […]

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Health Canada may soon protect you from the ravages of butterfish

According to an announcement last week, the dysfunctional relationship between  Health Canada  and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) may be finally coming to an end. It’s about time. The announcement on Health Canada’s website reads, “The CFIA has now joined Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada in reporting to the Honourable […]

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Who’s minding the store? Health Canada’s regulations at risk

According to Health Canada, “Canadians are informed of and protected from health risks associated with food, products, substances and environments, and are informed of the benefits of healthy eating”. Yet here we have what is considered seafood fraud rampant in restaurants across the country. A fish called escolar masquerades on menus, often as butterfish and […]

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Foodborne illness replay: Party hard – eat safe

Toronto is finally getting some global recognition in the food world. Unfortunately it’s not the kind of attention we’d like. Everyone is hearing about the Canadian National Exhibition and the Cronutburger’s possible link to foodborne illness. Here’s a replay from last November with some tips on avoiding food poisoning.   Are you tired of hearing […]

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