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Are you at Risk for Iron Deficiency

Are you at risk for iron deficiency?

According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, iron plays an essential role in human body functioning. Iron is involved in delivering oxygen to cells andregulating growth.   Therefore, when there is a shortage of iron, oxygen supply to the cells becomes limited leading to fatigue, poor work performance, pallor and decreased immune function. These symptoms are also known as anemia.   However, too much iron is dangerous and can result in toxicity or death. Who is at risk for iron deficiency? Click To Tweet Population Groups at high risk for iron deficiency: -Pregnant women (expanding blood volume) -Infants and toddlers (rapid growth and development) -Teenage girls/childbearing age (blood loss in menstruation) -Vegetarians and vegans (inadequate dietary iron intake) -Gastrointestinal disorders- Celiac and Crohn’s disease (lack of iron...

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Do You Need More Vitamin C This TIme Of Year

Do you need more vitamin C this time of year?

With the cold weather already upon us, many are stocking up on oranges and vitamin C supplements in hopes of warding off the common cold. Are you one of these people taking extra vitamin C this time of year? More than likely, you have heard that taking vitamin C is beneficial in decreasing liklihood of getting sick.  This has been the subject of tremendous controversy for more than 50 years!  Today, let’s demystify if vitamin C (aka ascorbic acid) is helpful in 'warding off' the common cold.  In addition, we will quantify how much we need and how much is too much. Fact or myth: Vitamin C wards off colds? Click To Tweet Functions of vitamin C: • Assists in...

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Buffet or Not

To buffet or not to buffet?

During the holiday season, you might be gathering with friends or family over a shared meal. To avoid cooking at home, you may opt for something like an‘all you can eat buffet’.  This made me ponder, to buffet or not to buffet, and is it possible to stick to a healthy diet while dining as this type of restaurant? My gut instinct was that eating at a buffet facilitatesover-indulging and possibly in a subconscious effort to get the ‘best value for our money’. That being said, if you are at a buffet (by choice or otherwise), there are some simple tips and tricks to help you consume less.  I promise, your waistline will thank you! [bctt tweet="Do's and...

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Allergen Free Dining

Here’s to Allergen Free Dining!

For those with severe or life threatening food allergies, choosing a restaurant can be an extraordinarily stressful event.  Dining out requires one to rely on the restaurant to be highly knowledgeable of food allergen(s) and requires even the cooking staff to be cautious with the high risk for cross contamination.  Therefore, the otherwise ‘allergen free’ food becomes ‘contaminated’ and a risk for the allergic individual. Here is a common scenario for a person with celiac disease dining out.  The individual orders a gluten free balsamic salad and tells the server that she has a SEVERE GLUTEN ALLERGY.  The server relays the message to the kitchen but staff accidently top the salad with...

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Beta Glucan

Betcha want more Beta Glucan!

Have you have heard that Beta Glucan is good for you? Are you quizzical if this true? Or are you simply ready to find out how much you need and how to fit more in your diet? Either way, I have answers for you! What is beta glucan and why you should be eating it! Click To Tweet Here is the breakdown: What is Beta Glucan? A form of soluble fibre found in foods such as oats, barley, mushrooms and lesser amounts in wheat and rye grains. What’s the Buzz? Health Canada has approved health claims linking beta glucan to blood cholesterol lowering. How does Beta Glucan work? Beta Glucans work by preventing the absorption of cholesterol from food in the stomach and intestine; therefore, lowering blood cholesterol. Beta Glucan works for enhancing immunity by stimulating macrophages (white...

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Holiday Weight Gain Fear

Fearful of Holiday Weight Gain?

The holidays are fast approaching! We are one month from Christmas, which means holiday parties are already scheduled and you know (without doubt) that there will be tempting treats and large scrumptious meals to enjoy together with your family and friends.  But does the joy of the season quickly become shadowed with prevailing anxiety that your overindulgence will lead to subsequent weight gain? It is understandable that the holidays may be a daunting time to stick to a ‘diet plan’; this may include avoiding excessive snacking and trying to fit exercise into your busy schedule. Interestingly, studies have shown that most people gain less weight then they think over the holidays....

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Gluten, where are you hiding?

If you are a member of the population avoiding gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats) you are not alone on your journey!  In fact, you are also not alone if you have an overwhelming feeling that gluten could be subtly hiding where you least expect it!  Sound familiar? If so, this article is for you :) First, for those on a Gluten Free (GF) diet, the importance of LABEL READING each and everyproduct label every time cannot be over-emphasized!!  Even if you previously purchased a product (let’s say a brand of rice crackers) and checked the label to determine that it is a ‘safe’ GF product, you STILL NEED to read the label when you purchase the same product again.  Manufactures can change...

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Dietitians are Using Social Media!

As a dietitian new to her private practice, I am only now beginning to appreciate the POWER social media has in reaching clients and staying connected. It really is a glorious thing! Many health professionals are now accessible through different forms of media whether that be Facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn. As the Internet continues to reinstate itself as a simple and quick way to access information, things like newspapers, magazines and traditional patient pamphlets are quickly becoming almost archaic ways of communicating. However, with this surge of available health information, consumers often complain of the difficulty in finding CREDIBLE and TRUSTWORTHY sources. That’s where I think dietitians should step forward...

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Let’s Talk Nutrition for Growing Children!

The importance of a healthful, vitamin-packed diet for growing children cannot be understated.  But is following Canada’s Food Guide enough to ensure that your little one is receiving all of the nutrition their growing bodies require? Let’s break down the top Nutrition Concerns (in my opinion) for children to ensure they are meeting their needs for growth and development: 1. Iron Iron is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. Iron functions as the‘oxygen carrying’ component of the blood and also helps our muscles store and utilize oxygen. Iron impacts motor function (normal activity and movement) and mental function (normal thinking and processing skills). Children have increased iron needs during periods of rapid growth due to their expanding blood...

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