nutrition

More cooking, better labelling can address food waste

I’ve written about food waste before: here and here, for example. The statistics that are often used to quantify the shocking amount of food that we produce but end up discarding are staggering. Not only are we wasting the actual food, but we’re also throwing out the water, energy and other resources we’ve used to […]

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Healthy school snack program expands

A popular school snack program that has been in place in Northern Ontario schools for the past eight years has been expanded. As a result of increased funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, approximately 36,000 students in 191 schools are now receiving two servings a week of fruits and vegetables […]

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Pilot school program uses Ontario produce to raise funds, promote healthy eating

It’s a new initiative that’s a win for farmers, students and healthy eating. Fresh from the Farm is a pilot program being launched this fall in select school boards that will let students fundraise for their schools by selling Ontario fruits and vegetables. Modeled after a similar program in Manitoba, the Ontario initiative is a […]

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Unlocking the potential of soy proteins

Soybean varieties developed for specific food and health applications represent a key future growth opportunity for the Canadian soybean industry. Different types of soybean protein can be ideally suited to specific food applications, which can lead to new food products and processes, says a University of Guelph scientist who is involved in research in this […]

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Birds weigh in on organic question

It seems even birds are weighing in on the debate over the nutritional benefits of organic food. A newly released study by Newcastle University in the UK showed that wild garden birds preferred the more protein rich regular bird seed over that which was organically grown. Lead researcher Dr. Alisa McKenzie says this is because […]

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Fruit and veg snack program a no-brainer

We all know diet and nutrition are directly linked to health, and we’re often told we can help make that link by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. Yet, as a population, we seem to be getting fatter and unhealthier – a trend that is most alarming in young people as we see childhood obesity […]

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Linking food, farming and health

An impressive line up of food and health heavy-weights is scheduled to participate in an upcoming innovation forum in Toronto.

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The flip side of banning biotech

I came across an interesting post today on a blog called “Gate to Plate” by Michele Payn-Knoper. She talks about hunger and how sad it is that in a country as rich in land, food and farmers as the United States, children have to go without.

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Popular corn product not linked to obesity

Maybe it’s not as bad for us as we’ve been led to believe. The “it” I’m talking about here is high fructose corn syrup, popularly blamed as one of the big causes of North America’s obesity problems. That link was made in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition a few years ago and has been […]

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Not all Omega-3s are created equal

Many food manufacturers are jumping on the Omega-3 bandwagon. After all, the benefits of Omega-3 fatty acids have been well-publicized in recent years, and range all the way from inflammatory conditions and depression to heart health, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Experts are now saying, however, that some Omega-3s are better than others and adding them to […]

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