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Let’s make food literacy education happen in Ontario

It’s time to add a critical new component to what has traditionally been known as the three Rs of education – reading, writing and arithmetic. This phrase has been around since the 19th century but students need much more of a foundation to go forth in the 21st century. Food literacy is key to developing […]

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Can zinc supplements prevent Covid?

As we head into  what  might be a very long and isolating winter, everyone is looking for answers on how to prevent Covid-19. Even those who have previously avoided getting flu shots are now heeding the advice to do so. And while washing our hands regularly, wearing masks and social distancing are among the first […]

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Here’s an important reason to pay attention to your vitamin D status this September

It’s that time of year again as the days are getting shorter and the sun will start to shine a little less brightly. While for those of us who love summer, the end of summer can be somewhat depressing, but  there can also be real physical consequences to this change in seasons. After the summer, […]

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Parents don’t turn off the TV just yet. Here’s why

How often do you hear that for their health’s sake, you need to switch off the TV or get your kids off their devices? Well, hold on – there may be some exceptions. A new study, published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, evaluated the impact on kids’ food choices following their watching […]

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From cancer researchers: Treat these popular plant-based burgers like meat

While they haven’t been making many headlines lately, there’s still a buzz about these meaty-tasting plant-based burgers. The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) s the latest to weigh in on their potential impact on your health.   They’ve just posted their opinion on their blog and it’s definitely worth a read. They state that […]

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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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Are you suffering from nutritional whiplash?

Do you feel like you are suffering from whiplash when it comes to nutrition recommendations? If so, you’re not alone. It seems like every other week we hear contradictory information about what we should put on our plates. A few weeks ago, plant-based meat alternatives were dominating nutrition news. Nutrition types like myself were stating […]

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It’s time to focus on real food – check out Canadian Food Focus

As a dietitian, I’m often called upon by the media to comment on various nutrition issues. But one story that won’t go away is that of the Beyond Meat burger. I’ve been writing about it since January as I had tasted their sausage while in the U.S. earlier that month. It was only after I […]

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