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Things seem greener on the grass-fed side

In recent years, there seems to be much more of an emphasis on eating more naturally-produced foods. One type of more “natural” food that has been getting more hype lately is grass-fed beef. But just what exactly is “grass-fed”, and is it actually healthier than conventional varieties?

Should you be re-thinking your consumption of processed and red meat?

 An announcement from the World Health Organization (WHO) this week cautioning individuals to limit their intake of processed meat and red meat has led to much discussion in the media. The WHO has now classified processed meats (hot dogs, sausage, bacon, etc) as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic. Before you go cutting these foods out of your diet completely, there are a few things to consider.

Omega-3's: A Closer Look at these Fishy Fats

Omega-3s are often touted for their health benefits — in fact, they’re one of the most common “good fats” that people often refer to. Omega-3 capsules are the third most-used dietary supplement, outpaced only by general multivitamins and calcium pills. But what exactly are omega-3s, and why do we need them?

How much do you really need to drink?

 Many of us grew up being told that drinking water is important and that we should aim for eight cups each day. Recently, this recommendation has been called into question. It’s true that there really is no research to suggest that each and every one of us NEEDS to guzzle eight cups of water per day.

Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Microbiome

Last month's blog post highlighted a number of reasons why the human microbiome is absolutely essential to our health. And, as discussed last month, consuming fermented foods is one of the best ways to maintain healthy gut flora. But there are numerous other, less-known methods to keep your gut healthy.

What is the Human Microbiome?

Bacteria often get a bad rep in our society. We wash our hands with anti-bacterial soap, spray our counters with Lysol, and typically throw out food that’s been dropped on the floor. But in spite our efforts to keep them at bay, these much-maligned organisms are already housed in our own bodies. Approximately one hundred trillion microbes live in our guts, making up a unique ecosystem dubbed the “human microbiome.” For an idea of just how large the microbiome is, it has been estimated that humans contain ten times more bacterial cells than human cells! 

What's wrong with Canada's food guide?

Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide (originally called Canada’s Official Food Rules) has been around since 1942 and is meant to provide guidance when it comes to making healthy and nutritionally adequate food choices. There has been much talk recently about the state of the Food Guide and many calls for an update.

What if you're not eating enough?

We are constantly bombarded with messages that we are eating too much – too much salt, too many calories, too many carbs, too much fat… I see students each week who want guidance to cut back in order to improve their health.  It might surprise you to know that many of the students I see are actually eating too little. It worries me that we have started to think that less (fewer calories, lower weight) is always better.

Make healthy eating fit your schedule and budget!

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When chatting with students about healthy eating, the two biggest barriers that they describe are time and money. Try these tips to make healthy eating fit your schedule and budget.

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