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January 31, 2013

Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital. Conceived, written, and presented by Dr. Mike… more »

Butter vs. Margarine: Food fight – Jennifer Ozsungur featured in the Toronto Star

January 16, 2013

Butter Pros: Butter is all natural and made from just one ingredient: cow’s milk. Solid at room temperature, tasty and versatile, butter is easy to cook and bake with. It contains essential vitamins and minerals, including keratin and vitamin A, which bolster our sight. It also contains vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, which promotes skin elasticity. Butter contains ALA, an omega-3 fatty acid, also found in plants, such as soybeans and… more »

The Obesity Gene? Is DNA Partly to Blame?

January 9, 2013

Genes and Obesity: Fast Food Isn’t Only Culprit in Expanding Waistlines — DNA Is Also to Blame Jan. 8, 2013 — Researchers at UCLA say it’s not just what you eat that makes those pants tighter — it’s also genetics. In a new study, scientists discovered that body-fat responses to a typical fast-food diet are determined in large part by genetic factors, and they have identified several genes they say may… more »

Mixed Messages in the World of Nutrition

December 20, 2012

“Coffee is bad for the heart.” “Coffee is good for the heart.” “Coffee has no effect on heart health.” What are the reasons for these conflicting diet and nutrition messages we hear so often? Many times we are faced with confusion when trying to make healthy nutrition choices in our daily lives. For many people, this is because we are provided with mixed messages about the effect that certain foods… more »

The Holiday Menu: Can it ever be Healthy?

December 14, 2012

It’s that time of the year again…Christmas! It’s amazing how fast 2012 flew by. Along with the beautiful white snow, holiday events in the city and the Christmas music and carolers, we often associate this time of the year with succulent turkey and stuffing, creamy mash potatoes, rich butternut squash soup and all the fixings that come along with a Christmas dinner. Then, once dinner is over, lets not deny… more »

Food Industry: Are They To Blame For The Misleading Messages?

December 10, 2012

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, Assistant Professor as the University of Ottawa, was supposed to give this presentation at a Food Industry breakfast meeting but 3 days before the meeting, he was asked not to show up. Childhood obesity levels are on the rise, as we all can clearly see, but what are the exact reasons? Can and should the Food Companies be held partly liable for this? Please share your thoughts… more »

Sugary Drinks: Increases Risk of Prostate Cancer?

December 1, 2012

Nutritionist Leslie Beck discusses a study that has linked the consumption of sugary drinks daily to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Click image below to play video.

Iron: What’s best to eat if not meat?

November 29, 2012

We do our best to keep our engines running and our energy levels up high but no matter what we try, some of us just have a difficult time staying awake and finding the energy to do even the simplest things. Sure, there are several reasons that can cause these issues among the many people who experience them on a daily basis, but in this article we will focus on… more »

The Pros and Cons of Soy: Jennifer Ozsungur RD featured in the Toronto Star

November 23, 2012

PROS: PASS THE CHOPSTICKS Soy milk and soy cheese are calcium-rich alternatives to dairy products for those with lactose allergies and intolerances. Isoflavones, the plant estrogens found in soy, support good bone health and may reduce our risk of osteoporosis. Studies also show that isoflavones may reduce the severity and frequency of menopausal hot flashes, says University of Toronto nutritional sciences professor emeritus Lilian Thompson. Rich in B vitamins, such… more »

Multivitamins: Why and When?

November 21, 2012

We often get clients asking us what our take is on supplementation of vitamins and minerals, among other natural health products, and we always respond, “depends on who is asking.” While there isn’t enough evidence to support the notion that multivitamins protect you against chronic disease if you are a well nourished individual, there are circumstances where one should consider it. These circumstances can be a result of our lifestyle, sex, age… more »