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The real stinger in the buzz about bees

  *The original version of this story was to appear in Macleans magazine in 2016.  I am posting it with permission from Macleans. i i Buzz the Bee,  the yellow and black mascot, which usually appears on  boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios,   once again vanished this past spring  leaving only a white outline  as the […]

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This is what bugs me the most about Canada’s new healthy eating strategy

  If you live in Canada, you’ve likely heard the news that on October 24, 2016, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced that Health Canada is seeking to help Canadians make healthy food choices. The announcement included a number of strategies and areas that will be targeted including: •    Revising Canada’s Food Guide […]

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Are there hidden agendas in nutrition research? Part 2

The secrets of how the sugar industry influenced scientific research decades ago was the topic in my last post. But I also promised you more on conspiracy theories, conflicts of interest and stakeholders and what that really means for you. The guidelines for research sponsorship have indeed changed since the sugar industry’s hidden interference in […]

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Health Canada’s arrogant lack of communication

Way back in the summer of 2014, Health Canada finally announced proposed changes to nutritional labelling regulations. The government laid out a timetable for the process which included consultations and input from consumers with quarterly actions by Health Canada. But somehow when they stated they would take feedback from the public and stakeholders until the […]

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Are we teaching our kids that thin is best no matter what?

It continues to happen. Many people still think it’s alright to comment on a person’s weight. They just don’t get it. When it comes to commenting about how thin a person is they don’t give a second thought as to who might be around. After all, it’s a compliment – right? Those same people might […]

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Simply Lunch? I don’t think so

  What’s your thinking about the food industry’s efforts to help us with healthy eating? It would be wonderful to think they would aid consumers move towards a healthier diet – just voluntarily on their own. But then you might say I’m a dreamer or an optimist or maybe even a fool. The latest offerings […]

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Health Canada: Missing in action on sodium reduction strategies

    Back in 2007, Health Canada, finally acknowledging that Canadians were being buried by a minefield of salt,  formed an expert committee called the Sodium Working Group (SWG)  to come up with a strategy for reducing the amount of sodium we consume. Their report, published in 2010, at a cost of almost a million […]

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Is there a link between eating eggs and your risk of developing diabetes?

  This study belongs in the “how did it get published” category. A recent study shows that a high egg intake may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes – but only if you live in the United States. Yes, you read that correctly. Now if you’re scratching your head and wondering how this could […]

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