Nutrition

A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence.

Kids Don't Need Sugary Snacks After Sports

Abby Langer | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Would it be such a hardship to end the practice of snack sign-up in favor of everyone bringing their own snack? That way, parents who love Kool-Aid and cookies are free to stuff their kids with garbage. Telling my kids to decline snack at the end of practice is always an option, but I don't feel like my kids should have to be put in that position.

The Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Most of us have experienced at one time or another that rumble in the gastrointestinal jungle. But there is a darker side to these maladies manifesting at the microbial level. Though we may not feel these consequences in the short term, research has shown there may be more difficult times down the road.

Six Nutrition Myths to Toss in the Garbage

Abby Langer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Plain and simple, there are certain questions that I get a whole lot from clients. Some questions, however, just need to die already. There are a lot of people who have no nutrition training, yet somehow manage to burn nonsensical ideas into peoples' brains -- and that's how the questions below are born.

What 'Feels Good' Isn't Necessarily Good for You

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

The implications of this being -- if one believes that gluten is the source of one's intestinal issues, it is very likely one will feel subjectively better when that particular agent is removed, or if one believes a given detox/cleanse will make one feel more vitality, it probably will -- if for no other reason than placebo effect.

Why I Changed My Stance On Eating Organic Food

Abby Langer | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Of course, the reasonable side of me remains a bit conflicted, because the price of buying organic food for 5 people is extraordinary (organic foods cost around 20 per cent more than conventional). So I buy organic when I can, and when I think it's worthwhile. Organic grain products, and most fruits and vegetables: good. Organic milk? Not necessary, because in Canada, there are no hormones or antibiotics in the milk.

Canola Oil Could Actually Help With Diabetes, Cholesterol: Study

University of Toronto News | Posted 06.27.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Canola is Canada's oil, and new research from the University of Toronto suggests it should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Why That Kale Salad Won't Help You Lose Weight

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that increasing fruit and vegetable intake does not lead to weight loss, despite dec...

Food Addiction Is Real and We Need To Talk About It

Kelly Coffey | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

Only by calling food addiction by its proper name can we begin to speak frankly about how to help one another recover. Until then, food addicts like me will continue to struggle to control that which cannot be controlled. Many will keep trying, and failing, to "eat like a normal person." And many will decide, like I did, that their inability to change is simply a sign of weakness.

5 Reasons You've Got Gas, And What You Can Do About It

Abby Langer | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Apples, bananas, peaches, pears, apricots and oranges, along with dried fruit, all contain sorbitol, which is a sugar alcohol that's super gassy. I even remember the nurses giving sorbitol as a laxative to constipated patients in the ICU -- proving that if it can be used as a laxative, you'll want to watch your intake.

You Can Be a Vegan AND a High-Performing Athlete

Élise Desaulniers | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada
Élise Desaulniers

Vegan athletes are grabbing headlines with increasing regularity, and are jumping at the chance to share the secret of their success: a compassionate vegan diet. Meagan Duhamel is one such athlete. In a recent interview, she explained how her plant-based diet helped improve her performance and led her to become the amazing jumper she is today.

5 Non-Powder Proteins to Add to Your Smoothie

Lynsey Walker | Posted 06.14.2014 | Canada Living
Lynsey Walker

Whether smoothies are your breakfast go-to, or afternoon snack to keep blood sugars balances and hunger at bay, having a solid dose of protein is key to success. But bumping up the protein doesn't necessarily mean turning to weird, artificially flavoured powders, here are five all-star, non-powdered ways to add some oomph to your blended beauty.

Men Need These Five Nutrients to Be Healthy

Abby Langer | Posted 06.12.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

In the spirit of men's health month, I thought I'd help the guys out there with some good advice about getting and staying healthy. Here are some male-specific recommendations for guys who want to know a bit more about the nutrients they need. Read and learn, guys.

Will My Kid Be Mocked For Eating Wholesome Food?

Shannon Kadlovski | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Kadlovski

With each passing month that Scarlett continues to grow, the inevitable transition to solid foods continues to creep up on me. As a mother, I cannot wait for that milestone, as it means that my daughter is a healthy, growing child, but it also means a long future filled with having to be "THAT MOM." Let me explain.

How to Get Protein Working for You

Jane Dummer | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Want to feel full all day long? Keep your metabolism revved? Then eat 30 grams of high quality protein at breakfast! Are you thinking, "How does my bagel and bowl of cereal give me 30 grams of protein?" Well, it doesn't.

Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? It's Time to Start Juicing

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Hodish warns that while the nutritional benefits of juicing far outweigh the hassle of preparing a freshly squeezed drink, it's still a lot of work. "Juicing is a task. It takes time," he says. To be more efficient, Hodish makes all of his juice in the morning -- it takes about one pound of produce to yield a single serving -- and stores it in mason jars to prevent it from oxidizing.

It's Time to Kill the "Ideal Body Weight"

Abby Langer | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

My opinion even about weighing clients on a regular basis may not be popular with some people, but truth be told, I don't like doing it. Indiscriminately doling out ideal body weights based on random charts and logarithms can be a loaded situation because it sets the client and me up for failure.

Is the Paleo Diet Actually Good For Your Gut?

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Like clockwork, when a new diet appears in the public, there is a mix of praise and scrutiny. Despite the information gathered on the benefits of the Paleo diet on the body, there has been far less focus on the effect of the nutritional guidelines on the gut microbiota, which is a driver of human health.

The Eight Nutrition Trends That Drive This Dietitian Crazy

Abby Langer | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

As you can imagine, I hear and speak about nutrition day in and day out. It's a great job and I love it, but some trends just drive me nuts, and here they are.

Why the Fitness World Needs Tracy Anderson

Lee Boyce | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

The truth is, if it wasn't for people like Tracy, there would be no one left in the fitness industry to break boundaries of fitness training. The studies I've done in class, the practical learning I've done with hundreds of clients, and the training I've done as a competitive athlete has proven futile now that we've been exposed to the painful reality of what fitness training should be all about.

The Healthiest Options at the Airport

Abby Langer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Travel
Abby Langer

I always hate lugging stuff from home, and this leaves me to fend for myself once I get to the terminal. Today on my way to San Francisco, I decided to really scope out the options and bring you my picks for healthiest foods you can get at the airport.

How Vitamin Supplements Can Help Canada's Hunger Problem

Tim Sinclair | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Tim Sinclair

Another issue food banks are dealing with is gauging the nutritional value of their donations and purchases. In order to address "hunger," the nutrient value of food must be analyzed. Often, government assistance doesn't cover the much needed vitamin supplements that this underserved population needs to boost nutrition and health.

Five Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

Abby Langer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

1. You're Eating Too Much, Healthy or Not My dad once told me: you can gain weight if you eat too much -- even if you eat too many carrots. What he me...

Healthy and Delicious Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Rose Reisman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

Being a mother of four, I'd like to think that Mother's Day is the most important day of the year! Really, it's just a great excuse to get family together. Whether celebrating over breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's wonderful to have those closest to you indulging in those foods you enjoy most.

Three Must-Have Seeds for Your Menu

Jane Dummer | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Small seeds that pack big nutrition have turned out to be the latest nourishing must-haves. For years, I've advised people to "go nuts" for their health; now as an early taste from my new book, here is a look at three of my favourite seeds and ways to add these delicious, gluten-free dark horses to your menu.