The diet shell game

Stick to the evidence when reporting on – and endorsing – food studies. We need real solutions to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not sales jobs

The diet shell gameTwo of the best-known American food journalists have been telling readers that the DASH and Mediterranean diets aren’t best for our health. But the evidence tells a different story. The journalists are Gary Taubes, the author of The Case Against Sugar, and Nina Teicholz, the author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. In their recent Los…

A meatless Canada? No, but we’re becoming more discerning

A recent poll by Dalhousie University suggests that our food choices are becoming more varied

A meatless Canada? No, but we’re becoming more discerningCanadians love meat but other sources of protein are emerging as potent alternatives. Demand is up for vegetable proteins like pulses, as well as for fish and seafood. Loblaw has even started selling cricket flour and is trying to make insect consumption mainstream. That’s led some people to believe that vegetarian and vegan segments of the…

The diet you’re on is likely a pretty good one

As long as you don't eat carbohydrates, fats and protein to extreme levels, you should be just fine

The diet you’re on is likely a pretty good oneA plethora of ‘experts’ have provided nutritional advice that sounds definitive and evidence-based. Many of us have lived through vast recommendations: low fat, high fat; salt is a problem, salt is no problem; eggs are good, eggs are bad; butter is very bad, margarine is good, then butter is good again; high carbs, no carbs…

Food is medicine where malnutrition and frailty are concerned

Malnutrition common problem for patients entering health care facilities in Canada – costing the system $2 billion annually

Food is medicine where malnutrition and frailty are concernedBy Heather Keller University of Waterloo and Leah Gramlich University of Alberta “You are what you eat,” or so the saying goes. We use this axiom in our developed country, where obesity is often top of mind, to remind ourselves that overeating will lead to a less healthy physique. However, this saying is also true…

Food banks plant roots for the long term

Canada's food banks are embracing gardens and greenhouses, cooking classes and more to help clients achieve greater food security

Food banks plant roots for the long termFacing declining donations, an increasing number of Canadian food banks are growing their own food. Canadians may feel guilty for not giving enough but they shouldn’t. This is really about food banks adapting for the betterment of society. The Mississauga, Ont., and Surrey, B.C., food banks recently launched vertical farms using hydroponics and aquaponics. The…

Rise of the gluten-free heroes

The fact that the gluten-free movement overlapped with the increase in food prices is no coincidence

Rise of the gluten-free heroesGluten has divided consumers into two camps: those who can't get enough gluten-free products, believing that eliminating the little protein composite leads to a healthier life, and those who dismiss its sudden popularity as a cultural phase. Even if you are puzzled by the gluten-free trend, it has clearly benefited the industry and, most importantly,…

The economics of vegetarianism

The number of vegetarian consumers in the Western world has not significantly increased over time

The economics of vegetarianismWhat do Confucius, Albert Einstein and Leonardo Di Vinci have in common? Well, not much professionally, but they were all vegetarians. Einstein once claimed that “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” With recent record meat prices, some might…