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Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving
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    It’s been all over the news today that pesticide residue was found on organic produce. I can’t say that this surprised me. To be honest, I was surprised that everyone else seems so surprised. I was also surprised that the percentage of contaminated produce was so small, only 23.6%. There are many ways in which [...]

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    This time of year, when good fresh vegetables and fruit can be hard to come by, it can be good to utilise frozen or canned vegetables and fruit in your meals. Public Health in Nova Scotia released a series of cute videos a couple of years ago, as well as other information on a website [...]

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  • 03/26/12--06:00: Is fruit too sweet a treat?
  • Myth 29: Fruit has too much sugar to be healthy. What Dietitians of Canada says: “Fruit is a healthy choice. It’s true that fruit has naturally occurring sugar, but it is also chock full of vitamins, minerals and fibre that are important for good health. Choosing more vegetables and fruit, naturally sweetened by Mother Nature, [...]

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    After a month of “busting” nutrition myths it seems only fitting to end with Canada’s Food Guide. Thanks for reading all month and I hope that you’ll continue to read as I return to my regularly scheduled ranting. Myth 20: It’s too hard to eat all the vegetables and fruit recommended in Canada’s Food Guide. [...]

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    I was a teensy bit surprised to read this article about misleading “fruit” snacks. Surely everyone knows that “Real fruit gummies” are not a reasonable substitute for actual fruit? But, after finishing the article and thinking about it a little bit I realised that, sadly, many people may not realise this. I mean Real fruit [...]

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    A group of scientists in Valencia have come up with a way to help us all eat more fruit. They’ve freeze-dried strawberries, kiwis, and grapefruit and then ground them into powders which can be added to things like salads, smoothies, or water. Apparently the logic here is that grapefruit is too bitter to be eaten [...]

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    A relative recently forwarded me a chain email that she had received several times, suggesting it might be useful blog fodder. The subject line read: Eating Fruit – In Perspective. The message was rather long so I’m not going to paste the whole thing in here. I’ll just give you a summary of the most [...]

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  • 03/02/13--05:00: Foods not to refrigerate
  • I won’t tell you my inspiration for this post (to protect the guilty). Suffice to say, I’m always looking for new blog material so really they did me a favour. Unsure about what foods to refrigerate? Here are a few that you shouldn’t refrigerate: Bananas – as my old prof, Dr Kwan, used to say, [...]

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    I’ve recently seen a few references to a study about vegetable consumption and optimism. Full disclosure: I am not an optimist; I’m a realist. As such, there are a few things about this study that bother me: 1. I’m unsure how much this study really tells us about the relationship between vegetable consumption and optimism. [...]

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    I recently saw a poster for these “Fruit Krisps” from Mr. Christie. Naturally I was skeptical regarding their health value and fruit content so I examined a few boxes. Overall, they’re not the worst snack you could have. Each pouch contains 100 calories worth, has 3 g of fat, 15 mg of sodium, 3 g [...]

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    Not having kids myself, I’ve somehow managed to remain blissfully unaware of the proliferation of horrendous packaged foods available in the baby food section. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as it provided me with blogspiration) the other day I took a closer look at some of the items being sold to parents for their young children. There [...]

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    According to a recent article in the New York Times, we’ve been breeding the nutrients out of our food since we first started growing our own fruits and vegetables. Apparently when you compare cultivated plants to wild plants the wild … Continue reading

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  • 07/15/13--05:00: Optimyz edits
  • I recently participated in my first Mud Run. It was more fun, and more challenging than I expected. But, this is beside the point. In our swag bags there was a copy of the magazine Optimyz. Why these magazines seem … Continue reading

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  • 04/30/14--05:00: What is a “superfood”?
  • A superfood is a marketing term intended to convince you to part with more money for food products. Yes, some of the superfoods are affordable; think kale. But many of them are not; think chia, acai, spirulina, hemp hearts. There is nothing wrong … Continue reading

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    A few weeks ago, Dr Sharma shared this article (on twitter and on facebook), without comment. It’s an article by the dreaded Zoe Harcombe about why we shouldn’t be striving for at least five servings a day of fruit and … Continue reading

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  • 07/30/14--05:00: 30+ bananas a day is bananas
  • Originally, I wasn’t going to comment on a recent article spouting nutrition nonsense. As fired-up as I was, I felt that addressing the article would only provide more publicity for the individual featured in the article. I was torn between … Continue reading

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  • 04/27/16--05:00: The defence of juice
  • I find the ability of people to rationalise things astounding. We all do it in some manner in our lives. But it still amazes me to see people staunchly defending illogical stances. Take for example juice. I’m not opposed to juice … Continue reading

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    Did you hear the news? Last week it was announced that there’s no evidence of a link between vegetable and fruit consumption and risk of developing cancer. This proclamation was based on the results of a large-scale analysis of data … Continue reading

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    It’s has recently come to my attention that some moms are blithely sending their kids to school with these new “fruit roll-ups” as the result of a mistaken belief that they are “healthy”. Before I start dissecting these “fruit” snacks, … Continue reading

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