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Your Facebook questions answered: Are there concerns about arsenic in infants’ rice cereals?

“I recently heard, a few times, that mothers have been advised to avoid rice cereal for infants as a first choice cereal because of arsenic contamination. Any thoughts? My instinct was “Oh, no. One more thing to limit” asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan, Jennifer Burnham Jennifer, unfortunately what you have been hearing is correct. The […]

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What’s best: full fat vs. low fat dairy products? Part 1

  “Do you recommend eating full-fat or lower-fat dairy products?” asks Enlightened Eater Facebook fan Karen Jorgenson Cooper. Karen, it’s no wonder you’re wondering about dairy fat these days. With headlines such as “butter is back” screaming out at you, it’s no surpise that many people might want to pitch their lower fat dairy products. […]

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5 top disease-fighting effects of strawberries

Naked or dressed – what’s your preference? Local strawberry season is indeed an amazing time. These heart-shaped berries are certainly a taste treat whether you enjoy them naked,  with a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar (shockingly delicious!) or in the form of strawberry shortcake. But they’re so much more than just palate pleasing. They’re packed […]

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Folic acid: Can you get too much of a good thing?

Folic acid has certainly been getting a lot of  attention this past week. For pregnant women, meeting their quota of this member of the B vitamin family is critical to the health of their newborn:  research shows  a strong protective link between  women taking folic acid supplements before becoming pregnant  and  a decreased risk  of […]

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Take the Pulse Pledge now

  If you haven’t heard the news yet,  2016 has been declared by the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to be the International Year of Pulses (IYP). And it couldn’t come at a better time. I’ve been urging readers to take their pulses for decades but the message has gone mainstream […]

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Oldways Finding Common Ground – Part 2

In my last post, I promised more info about the extraordinary, cutting-edge conference, Finding Common Ground organized by the Boston-based non-profit food and nutrition education organization, Oldways.  The purpose of the conference was for  these scientists with extremely diverse philosophies to agree on certain basics of healthy eating in order for consumers to get out […]

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Oxygenated water & melatonin as antidotes for holiday stress? Give me a break!

  If I wrote a post  every time I heard nonsense about nutrition on the television, I would be permanently attached to my computer. But I simply could not ignore statements made on the Marilyn Denis Show on CTV this past week by naturopathic doctor, Natasha Turner.  Her segment Holiday Stress Survival Kit both astounded […]

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Mushroom’s immune system boosting benefits & 4 other surprising health perks

It’s that time of year when there’s lots of  talk about how to fight off colds and the flu. Debates abound about flu shots and various supplements  but all too often, the benefits of various foods are left out of the discussion. (More on supplements in another post). Well, it’s time for a change in […]

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