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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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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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Food Skill Development!

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...

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Irritable bowel

Is your bowel irritable?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an all too common condition also known as “spastic colon”.  It leads to symptoms such as abdominal cramping, pain, gas, bloating and/or a change in bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation) and lasting for over three months.  The exact cause of IBS is unknown and the onset is generally in the teenage years. For reasons unknown, it is twice as common in woman compared to men. Suffer from IBS? You're not alone! DYK 1 in 6 people have irritable bowel?! Click To Tweet If you are someone affected by IBS, you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 out of 6 people have irritable bowel. The severity of...

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