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Understanding Best Before Dates on Food Packaging

August 15, 2017 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Understanding Best Before Dates on Food Packaging

You’re rushing to make your morning smoothie when you notice the “best before” date on the yogurt was four days ago. You toss it in anyways, but spend the morning wondering whether it should have been composted instead. Read on to learn more about date labels and how to use them.

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Is Plant-based the Same as Vegetarian?

August 8, 2017 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Is Plant-based the Same as Vegetarian?

A bowlful of berries. A handful of cherries. A plateful of salad greens that endlessly varies. + MORE

What is Clean Eating?

July 25, 2017 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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What is Clean Eating?

Is it my imagination, or is everyone talking about “clean eating”?

I heard about this diet when my friend asked for advice on how to eat “cleaner”. My first thought was, “Clean eating? I wash my produce…isn’t that enough?” After digging into the meaning of this term, I found a lot of different ideas about what I had to do to “eat clean”. This is one of the [many] problems with clean eating and other fad diets; it seems that everyone is an “expert” and has their own ideas and advice.

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Meeting Nutrition Needs of Vegetarian Teens

March 28, 2017 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Meeting Nutrition Needs of Vegetarian Teens

Feeding kids can be exhausting, and just when you think you’re safely out of the picky-eating years, you can find yourself faced with other dietary demands. Insert your newly proclaimed vegetarian teen that looks just like the teen who asked you for hamburgers for dinner yesterday.

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Ketogenic Diet: Is Going Low Carb Healthy?

March 21, 2017 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Ketogenic Diet: Is Going Low Carb Healthy?

When it comes to nutrition, it is wise to be cautious of advice that seems too good to be true. An example of this is the hype surrounding the use of very low carbohydrate diets, like the ketogenic diet.

Historically used to treat severe epilepsy, the ketogenic diet is promoted as a way to lose weight; improve brain function; control blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure; reduce inflammation; and the list goes on. + MORE

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