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Reducing confusion on nutrition labels

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Man making a saladIf you’ve ever been stuck mid-cereal aisle, eyebrows furrowed as you try to differentiate 3 nearly identical boxes, you know that understanding nutrition labels can save you a lot of time and confusion at the grocery store. Nutrition labels are helpful for comparing food products, checking for specific nutrients, and avoiding any foods to which you may be allergic or intolerant. At first glance nutrition labels are confusing, but with a few tips on how to read labels, you’ll be able to make quick and healthy choices at the bat of an eye!

Use the Nutrition Facts table, the ingredient list, and nutrition claims to make informed food …

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Promoting safe food from field to plate

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Two registered dieticians looking at a computerWe’ve all joked about the ‘5-second rule’ – it’s okay to eat something that was on the floor for less than 5 seconds – but food safety is no laughing matter. This year, the World Health Organization is championing food safety as part of World Health Day on April 7, 2015.

Did you know that around the world, unsafe food is linked to the deaths of 2 million people each year?  That’s why the WHO wants you to know how important it is to improve food safety as it travels from the farm, through various food production systems, and finally onto your plate.

Here’s why the WHO is …

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Top 5 tips to avoid the pitfalls of a plant-based diet

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Women Looking at food on a plateDone right, a vegetarian diet boasts a wide range of health benefits. Safe and nutritious, a balanced plant-based diet is packed with vitamins, minerals, fibre and low in saturated fat. Studies show that a well-planned vegetarian diet can help prevent chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers! But, there’s more to a healthy vegetarian diet than just cutting out meat because nutrients such as protein, iron, zinc, vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are harder to obtain as a vegetarian. Knowing the common mistakes vegetarians make will help you prevent nutrient deficiencies and maximize the health benefits of a plant-based diet.

Pitfall #1: If

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The relationship between stress and unhealthy eating habits

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The relationship between stress and unhealthy eating habitsI had a really bad day! Where are those potato chips anyways?

I can’t believe the day I’ve had…I’m going to have a piece of that cake in the fridge, because after a day like today, I deserve it!

You mean there are no more cookies left?! I can’t believe it after the day I’ve had! Do you know how badly I am craving one of those cookies right now?!!!

Do any of the above sound familiar to you? If you said “yes”, you are not the only one.  All of the above statements are examples of what you might be saying to yourself or someone else during periods in your day to day life where you have experienced or …

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Simply cook and enjoy!

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Simply cook and enjoyMarch is nutrition month, and this year we are inspiring Canadians to get back into the kitchen with the theme, Simply cook and enjoy! Canadians are re-connecting with their families to cook at home, eat better, and enjoy real food.

While preparing healthy, nutritious meals can seem like a challenge with the busy lifestyles we lead today, eating well doesn’t have to be overwhelming, complicated or stressful. Taking the time for yourself and your family to actually sit down and enjoy a meal can be one of the best and healthiest parts of your week.

Plan, plan, plan!

Planning what to eat ahead of time can help create healthy eating habits that will become a way of life. Try …

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