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Which country ranks first for fewer diet-related deaths?

  I can’t tell you how often, over the years, I’ve heard a client tell me that they have indeed tried to eat better before coming to see me. But what eating better usually means to them is what they have cut out of their diet. It’s always a focus on what they consider to […]

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The dose is the poison

Why is it that when we hear about how beneficial a particular nutrient or compound is in keeping us healthy or fighting off disease that we think that if a little is helpful, that more is better? Or that we think that if it’s for sale as a supplement, particularly a vitamin and mineral preparation, […]

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Dietitians Day & Why the latest egg study has egg on its face

Today marks the tenth year of celebrating Dietitians Day in Canada. It’s designated as such to shine the spotlight on my fellow dietitians as regulated health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills to translate the science of nutrition into healthy and delicious fare while at the same time, supporting healthy living […]

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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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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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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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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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