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Author: Andrea D’Ambrosio, RD

food allergy food intolerance difference peanuts

Food Allergy vs. Food Intolerance. What’s the Difference?

In honour of Food Allergy Awareness month, I will address a very common question.  You may have asked yourself, what is the difference between a food allergy and a food intolerance?  These terms have important differences and must not be used interchangeably. What's the difference between a food allergy and food intolerance? Click To Tweet   What is a Food Allergy? Food allergy occurs when the body’s immune system responds negatively to a specific food (known as the ‘allergen’).  The offending food is not necessarily harmful, as other people may be able to eat the food without reacting.  However, for those with food allergies, their immune system attacks the unwanted ‘allergen’ causing an immediate and possibly severe reaction. Prevalence:  It is estimated by Health Canada that 5-6% of young...

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Low Fodmap Diet

The Low FODMAP diet?

The Low FODMAP diet is an emerging, scientifically proven and very promising diet for those suffering with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Common symptoms of IBS include: abdominal pain, bloating, cramping, and changes in bowel habits.  The frustration is that there is usually no clear food-symptom link. Suffer from IBS? Try the low FODMAP diet! Click To Tweet The Low FODMAP diet originated in Australia, and research shows that 3 out of 4 people find tremendous success on this lifelong diet.  The FODMAP diet is complex and should be implemented using a knowledgable Dietitian who is familiar with FODMAPs.  Your dietitian can assist you in adapting your diet to be low in FODMAPs and nutritionally balanced.   What is a FODMAP? FODMAP is an acronym that stands for Fermentable Oligo-saccharides, Di-saccharides, Mono-saccharides and...

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Black Bean Quinoa

In honour of Celiac Awareness month, I have one of my favourite quinoa recipes; Black Bean Quinoa !  This is the perfect dish to bring to a potluck or to prepare in advance for work or school lunches.  Quinoa is a whole grain that contains all 8 essential amino acids, which makes it a great protein source for vegetarians and vegans.  Interestingly, soybeans are the only other plant protein that contains all 8 essential amino acids.  For information on quinoa, see my previous post ‘the year of quinoa is 2013’. Black Bean Quinoa Recipe: Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Serves: 6-8 Ingredients: 1 cup quinoa, rinsed A (1) can black beans (drained and rinsed) 1 ½ cup frozen corn kernels, rinsed 1 medium red pepper, chopped ¼...

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Celiac Disease Awareness Month

Happy Celiac Awareness Month!

Celiac Awareness Month May 1st marked the start of Celiac Awareness Month!  Celiac disease is a form of food allergy where the body’s immune system reacts negatively to gluten (protein in wheat, rye, barley) causing severe damage to the small intestine.  There are many nutritional implications since the ingestion of gluten decreases the absorption of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals, which are all vital for health!  A strict gluten free diet is REQUIRED for management of celiac disease and label reading is necessary every time!   What is the prevalence of Celiac Disease? Click To Tweet How prevalent is Celiac Disease? Celiac disease affects an estimated 1 in 133.  Rates of celiac disease have nearly doubled in the last 25 years in western countries. The risk for developing celiac disease is increased 20 times for those who have...

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How Much Coffee Is Too Much?

How much coffee is too much?

Welcome to part two of my blog series on coffee and caffeine.  This topic has been inspired by many of my clients in private practice who have expressed legitimate concern wondering if they drink too much coffee.  Therefore, today we will delve into Health Canada recommendations for daily caffeine limit and I will breakdown the caffeine content in common beverages! Health Canada daily caffeine recommendations Click To Tweet How much Caffeine is Safe to Consume? Much research has been done on the health effects of coffee and the consensus has been reached that ‘when consumed in moderation’, there do not appear to be adverse affects to our overall health.   In fact, as discussed in my previous post, there appear...

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Crazy for Coffee

Crazy for Coffee?

I am writing this blog with sunlight streaming in and a piping hot coffee in hand.  If you are also a fan of coffee, one of the most popular beverages in the world, you may already be familiar with the noted health benefits or you may have sat puzzled when news stories raised concern for its possible negative effects.  Today, I will explore the impact of coffee on our health!  Stay tuned for my next posting where I will breakdown how much caffeine per day and the amounts in different beverages. Coffee 101: Caffeine has been consumed for thousands of years as a stimulant and can be found in common beverages like coffee, tea, soft...

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Avocado, Black Bean & Lentil Salad

Avocado, Black Bean & Lentil Salad - This recipe is dedicated to those searching for an easy recipe that uses heart-healthy lentils!  Both gluten free and vegetarian, this dish can be served as a side salad or as a main dish along with a piece of fresh fruit. Serves: 10-12 Prep time: 15 minutes Ingredients: 540mL (1) can of lentils, rinsed and drained 1- 540mL can of black beans, rinsed and drained 1 avocado, chopped into large chunks ¼ cup red onion, chopped fine 1 cup of tomatoes, diced ½ cup red or green peppers, chopped 1 cup cucumber, diced ½ cup feta cheese, cubed or crumbled ¼ fresh parsley, chopped ¼ cup olive oil 2 Tbsp of red wine vinegar ½ tsp dried oregano Instructions: 1.   In a large bowl, combine lentils,...

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Perfect Pulled Pork

Today, I will be sharing a truly scrumptious pulled pork recipe courtesy of my friend Brian Bertolissio.  You need a slow cooker for this one and some time on your side!  Let me tell you, the taste of this recipe is well worth the wait! Thanks Brian for sharing! Prep Time: 10 min Cook Time: 8-10 hrs (slow cooker) Serves: 10-12 Ingredients: Pork Shoulder (2-3 kg) 1 can of coca-cola 2 cups of BBQ sauce Spices/Seasoning of choice Fresh ground pepper 12 whole grain buns Instructions: 1.  Rub the pork shoulder with Montreal steak spice or your own spices of choice.  Sprinkle with salt and fresh ground pepper. 2.  Turn on your slow cooker to the low setting. Place the spiced pork shoulder in slow cooker. 3.  Pour coke around pork shoulder to avoid washing off the spices. 4.  Cook for 8-10 hours....

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Egg yolks

Eggs, Should we Skip the Yolk?

In effort to cut down on total calories and total fat, it is not uncommon for ‘health-conscious’ consumers to forgo their yellow yolks and instead opt for merely the egg whites. Have you ever wondered if this is actually an advantageous practice for cholesterol lowering? Today, I will explore the 'whole egg truth'.

First Let’s Compare:

Egg (large)
Calories (kcal)
Protein (grams)
Saturated 'BAD' Fat (grams)
Cholesterol (mg)
Vitamins, Minerals

Whole Egg
74
6
1.7
186
folate, choline, vitamin A, riboflavin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and healthy fatty acids

Egg Yolk ONLY
58
3
1.7
186
folate, choline, vitamin A, riboflavin, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and healthy fatty acids

Egg Whites
16
3
0
0
Trace amounts

It is true that skipping the...

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