The Fake Fiber

We all know that fiber (fibre?) is our friend- it can help move thing along in our digestive tract, help to prevent a whole host of diseases (colon cancer, diverticulosis, etc) and lower our cholesterol. Its not always easy to eat the right amount of fiber everyday (25-30g), especially if you don’t know where to find it. So, “lucky for us”, the food industry has helped us out by enriching all kinds of food with fiber. We can now find high fiber frozen yogurt, orange juice, cookies, you name it! Its taken the brain work out of fiber intake- or […]

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Energyless drinks

There are very few of us who have not turned to coffee (or any other caffeinated beverage) in hopes to put a spring in our step. Gone are the days where a cup of coffee would be more a social tool to catch up with friends than the number one source for energy. Nowadays, because life is so hectic and sleep is hard to come by that we have actually invented beverages in which their sole purpose is to deliver caffeine straight to our bodies. With hard core names such as FULL THROTTLE, RED RAIN, RED BULL, GURU & NOS […]

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Yogurt- to eat or not to eat it plain and 0%?

It is perhaps one of the most universally accepted food misconceptions: plain, non-fat yogurt is the healthiest of the yogurts. Why is this myth believed? For the simple reasons that it is low in fat, and has less sugar than other yogurts (and perhaps because it tastes like it should be healthy for you!?). Unfortunately, it is one of those myths that everyone just believes without second guessing it. If there is one thing you have to remember when it comes to healthy eating and nutrition, it is to NOT BELIEVE everything you hear; Keep an open mind and use […]

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Teens and Sports Supplements

An interesting article was published in the Gazette yesterday regarding teens and protein supplements. It was interesting for two reasons:1. The newspaper actually spoke to a Registered dietitian who has plenty of experience with sports nutrition- which means the information was credible and2. It laid to rest the most common misconception about protein supplements: teens (and most people) generally will NOT benefit from eating obscene amounts of protein. And of course, as is usually the case with nutrition counseling, a young man waltzed into my office that very same day inquiring about protein shakes. What many people may not realize, […]

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