What is better: cow milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk? Are they nutritionally equivalent - meaning they have the same amounts of calcium, fat and protein? If you have asked yourself these questions you have come to the right spot!
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First, before doing a nutritional comparison, it is important to mention that people choose dairy alternatives for diverse reasons. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan you might choose a milk alternative, like soy or almond milk, because they are plant-based. Additionally, if you are lactose intolerant you might choose an...Read More
If you are relentlessly trying to lose weight you may have already blamed your sluggish metabolism. Conversely, if you are struggling to gain weight, you may have concluded that you have a super speedy metabolism allowing you to eat everything you want without gaining a pound. Either way, the term‘metabolism’ describes a measure of how efficiently your body burns food as fuel. Likewise, since metabolism impacts the rate at which we burn calories, this will have an impact on how quickly bodies gain or lose weight.
Today, let’s explore the factors that determine our metabolism or the rate at which we burn calories (aka metabolic rate) ans some ways to boost metabolism. First, it is important to mention factors that are outside our control.
• Age: After...
Usually towards the end of a one-on-one dietary counselling session I will often be asked, “so…. what about the soy bean? After hearing the same question various times, I think it is time to set the facts straight. Is soy cause for concern? Should we be avoiding soy? Should we be consuming more soy? Let’s find out!
What is soy?
Soy products have origin to the soy bean. They are part of the “legume” family, which is the seed, pod or other edible part of a plant. Soy beans are native to East Asia and continue to be a central part of their diet. Soy is a popular choice for vegetarians since it is the only plant-based protein that is...
The first step to success is goal setting! Now, I know this sounds obvious but how many people feel ‘adrift’? Or how many attempt to attain the same goal over and over again only to feel that progress is not being made? Today, I am going to break down how you can set magnificent goals for success and achieve them! This is a timely article seeing that our New Year’s resolutions may be in full swing inching us one step closer to success or they may have already been tossed aside.
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Steps to successful goal setting:
1. Decide what it is that you want to achieve. This is going...
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.
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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...
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.
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Functions of vitamin C:
• Assists in...
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!
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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!
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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...
It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce a brand NEW web resource for teaching food skills in our kitchens! The tool is called Family Kitchen and designed to inspire families to cook, learn and laugh together.
The dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada, who designed the tool, know that kids who are welcomed into the kitchen to help in preparing meals are more likely to try new foods, eat better and have more confidence to prepare meals/snacks for themselves now and as they get older. What a timely resource in a culture inundated with processed convenience meals and fast food!
If you are unsure where to get started, don't worry because there is a simple step-by-step guide. It explains to first roll out the welcome mat; inviting kids...