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We dropped home ec because it was sexist. Here’s why we screwed up

Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month – Potential to Discover: Foster healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook. Back in the day, home ec classes were standard on the curriculum for female students. We were taught all about food but compared to other courses like biology or math, home ec was […]

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Nutrition Month- Unlock the potential of food to bring us together

It’s that time of year again- Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month. This year’s theme of Unlock the Potential of Food shows that food is not just about nutrients. While many people may have the impression that when it comes to dietitians and healthy eating, nutrients are all we consider, that concept would be very far […]

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Big Food flouts labelling laws yet no one cares

  Where do I begin? Misleading health claims, questionable ingredient lists, new nutrition labelling regulations with meaningless deadlines and questionable enforcement practices – this post is about all of the above. Agropur, the largest dairy company/ cooperative in the country by sales, is behind this ridiculousness with their Nano line of yogurt from iÖGO.  I […]

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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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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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Almond Flax Bites – A speedy snack to make and enjoy

While snacks are key to bridge the gap between meals, the perfect combo of nuts or seeds and fruit can get pretty boring. Here’s a simple option from the Almond Board of California that includes both ground flaxseed and almonds along with blueberries – a pretty potent mix of nutrients with lots of staying power. […]

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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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