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Where Did Pancake Tuesday Come From?

Where did Pancake Tuesday come from?

Today is the annual day of Pancakes!  Also known as Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Wow, those are a lot of names for one single day!  Nevertheless, are you curious on the origins of Pancake Tuesday? Wondering why pancakes or why at this time of year?  If you are looking for answers, I am happy to say that you have come to the right place :) Where did Pancake Tuesday come from?? Click To Tweet Why on Tuesday? Pancake Tuesday happens around the same time each year and always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which is the season with 40 days of preparation...

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2013 Food Trends

Predicted Food Trends for 2013

Welcome 2013! This is going to be an incredible year- I can just feel it! Being a registered dietitian is so rewording because each year there are numerous new food trends which draw media and public attention and not uncommonly, raise public concern and confusion. Dietitians have the unique opportunity to step forward as a source of the most trusted, science-based nutrition information.  So rest assured, when new trends surface (as we know they will) and you are wondering what you should literally buy or not buy into, search no further than speaking with your friendly dietitian. The National Restaurant Association is up-to-date on the top of food trends to meet the public interest and demand for the...

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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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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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We are Wasting Good Food!

So you made a little too much rice for dinner last night. What did you do with it?  Save it in the fridge, or toss it in the garbage?  According the Ontario-Based Value Chain Management Centre, household food waste outweighs the waste from transport and distribution, food service, packaging and processing, retail stores and field combined! An estimated 27 BILLION DOLLARS of food is wasted in Canada every year AND over half comes from our own household! This waste does not include the foods that are forgotten in the back of the fridge and thrown out because of mold; food waste is the loss or discarding of food that is suitable for human consumption. With an estimated 860 million people suffering from malnutrition in the world, why are we throwing out...

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Nutrition Info menu board

Should Nutrition Info be on Menu Boards?

Take a moment and think about a BigMac – that extraordinarily popular hamburger produced by the fast food king, McDonalds.  Now, how much do you REALLY know about the BigMac? Can you estimate how many calories it contains? How about the grams of fat? Amount of sodium? Can you estimate how many calories are in your favourite fast food burger? Click To Tweet The Answer:  540 calories, 29g of fat and 1,020mg of sodium So, how did your answers match up? Research has shown that consumers are prone to underestimate the number of calories in restaurant food items. Surprised? Are you one of these people? If it makes you feel better, even nutrition professionals tend...

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