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A Canadian conundrum: how many peanuts are really in your peanut butter

I’ve been reading a number of social media posts lately about the best way to store natural peanut butter. For many people, that layer of oil on top of natural peanut butter is off putting enough to make them forgo that kind and go for other varieties. Various ideas about getting rid of the oil […]

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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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Your questions answered: Are lectins toxic?

Q: I have been reading your posts for years now, and, as a retired dietitian I find it hard to keep up with the pseudoscience and “trends” in diets. I look to you for up to date advice. Now, it’s lectins and a lectin-free diet. What’s that about? Somebody writing a book to make money […]

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Why some of the of the most ultra-processed foods are -wait for it- plant-based

Call me a cynic but I am now wondering if we are heading into fad territory in terms of all these plant-based commercial food products. Before you stop reading my post, hear me out. I’m not saying that plant-based foods are a fad. On the contrary, scientific research points to the huge number of health […]

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Is the food industry still calling the shots in formulating healthy eating regulations?

I really did think we were going to see a change in nutrition policy from this government. How could I have been so naïve? I should have known better considering Health Canada first proposed having an Added Sugars line in the new nutrition facts label but then dropped it, even though Canadians said they definitely […]

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Are smart devices for healthy eating really a smart idea?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing life as we know it. Virtual assistants are becoming commonplace – playing music, turning on lights and making phone calls. (Are they listening in to your private conversations- I won’t even go into that!). There are devices that can help in monitoring what’s in your fridge so you […]

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Want whole grains? Read the label or you might be fooled – I was

The evidence on the benefits of whole grains just keeps on coming. And as the message gets out, people are indeed looking for whole grains over refined ones. But those refined products can sneak into your shopping cart, even if you’re nutritionally savvy. First, here’s the latest research on whole grains. In a study, published […]

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Since when did sugar cereals become back-to-school essentials?

Ask Kellogg Canada and Loblaw how they came up with this It’s back to school time and a time to get into healthy routines. So why do we see promotions such as this current one offered by Real Canadian Superstore, a division of Loblaw Canada, and Kellogg Canada? Spend $200 and you get a “Back […]

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