Dietician's Blog

Pages for the dietician's blog posts.

Are there risks to following a gluten-free diet?

First, let’s talk about what gluten is.

Gluten is a protein found in wheat, spelt, kamut, barley and rye. Oats don’t contain gluten, but are typically processed on the same equipment meaning that someone following a strict gluten-free diet would need to avoid standard oats and could only consume wheat-free oats.

Do I need to reduce my sugar intake?

The World Health Organization (WHO) has new guidelines recommending that fewer than 10% of daily calories should come from added sugar. Do I need to reduce my sugar intake?

Unfortunately, this question does not come with a simple answer. The first problem is that this recommendation presents a challenging math problem that most people don’t have to tools to solve:

Should I be avoiding red and processed meats?

In October 2015, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified the consumption of red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans and the consumption of processed meat as carcinogenic to humans. Does this mean that I should avoid red and processed meats?

What is red meat?

Red meat is unprocessed mammalian muscle meat such as beef, veal, pork, lamb, horse or goat.

What is processed meat?

Processed meat is any meat (often beef or pork, but also chicken or turkey) that has been preserved by salting, curing, fermentation, or smoking.

To counter exam stress, cram in exercise

Many students know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress - that post workout spike in endorphins causes you to leave a workout feeling better than when you started.

Like Mother’s Appetite, Like Son’s

It’s been well-established that parents pass along many of their own traits to their children: you probably share one or more of your parent’s hair or eye colours, for example, and are perhaps around the same height or weight.

But did you know parents can also pass on their food preferences to their children?

What is Pernicious Anemia?

For many people, the concepts of “anemia” and “lack of iron” are often thought of as one and the same. But did you know that there are actually different types of anemia caused by a lack of different nutrients?