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We can't cure heart disease or diabetes. But we can help prevent or delay them and other chronic illnesses in one vital way -- with a healthier diet. Easier said than done, of course. Most of us consume far too much sugar, saturated fats and salt, largely through highly processed foods. Often without even knowing it.
When picking ingredients to make a meal or choosing snacks, most people aren't aware of a "sugar cutoff" they should be looking for. What can be even more confusing is how much sugar is found in seemingly healthy snack foods such as energy bars.
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No parent dreams of their child working at a young age, missing out on school. But for Mark and his family of seven children in the Philippines, one income wasn't enough to provide for their basic needs. At seven years old, his son Paul carried the burden of work to give his other siblings a better chance in life.
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A few nights ago, a swanky hotel in Toronto hosted a Chocolate Chip Cookie Battle. I would be stupid not to go. All the cookies sampled varied in their level of decadence. None of them disappointed. Each of the cookie connoisseurs told me that the recipe used to make their classic chocolate chip cookie was one that they had been using for over a decade. At this point, their recipes no longer needed tweaking, because to them they had the technique and ingredients down, therefore creating the perfect recipe. But I needed to know their secrets. So I asked.
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Sugar isn't just about adding sweetness to your baked goods; it carries a different behaviour depending on what you're baking and what the sugar is being combined with.
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The ingredients list on a food label is required by Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to be listed on most packaged Canadian food products that contain more than one ingredient. Understanding the ingredients list can help you look for specific ingredients that you want or don't want because of allergy or intolerance, compare products, and make healthier food choices.
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Have you ever looked at the nutrition labels on a food product and wondered how to make sense of the information? If so, you're not alone! Food labels contain a lot of information, and it can be confusing to consumers.
Cravings seem to be a normal part of life for many people. And yet, in my work as a naturopath, cravings often signal an imbalance in the body. The body is literally craving what it most needs. The best scenario for both peaceful living and healthy weight management is that your body seeks only healthy foods.
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We dig dessert, and satisfying our sweet teeth isn't hard to do with this collection of simply scrumptious brownie and blondie bar recipes.
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We are all programmed to like sugar. While everyone loves a dessert now and then, if you feel powerless to resist your sweet tooth, it may be your body's way of telling you that something isn't quite right. It can also be a part of your genetics.
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Do you know your body's enemies? If weight gain is one of them, then it's useful to know exactly how it can get the better of you. Here's how: Our meal portions are too typically loaded with insulin-spiking processed carbohydrates. And we're conditioned to eat far too many of them. But why exactly do we indulge too much?
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The trend is to travel back in time to the good ol' days when we ate real food instead of food substitutes concocted in a lab. As a result, "natural" sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup and molasses have made a comeback. If you don't know much about molasses, ask your grandma... or read on!
If you want healthy skin, you don't have to buy expensive facial creams -- nearly all of which are ridiculously overpriced compared to what it costs to make them. Nor do you need to visit beauty salons. You just have to realize that what's good for your body internally is good externally, too.