Micronutrients

Are Plant-Based Eaters Deficient in Choline?

January 29, 2021 |

In the fall of 2019, Emma Derbyshire, a public health nutritionist in the United Kingdom, posed the question, “Could we be overlooking a potential choline crisis in the United Kingdom?” (1). The article expressed concern that current eating trends towards meat reduction and plant-based diets might be lacking in sources of the nutrient choline. Though…

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The Fishy Dilemma of Omega-3s

October 23, 2020 |

Omega-3 fatty acids are a hot topic of conversation among those interested in nutrition these days.  Over the past few decades the scientific world has cycled through several different recommendations for Omega-3s.  During the 1980s, studies found that eating fatty fish seemed to cause a 29% reduction in cardiovascular death (1).  Subsequent studies refuted this…

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Nitrates: A Jekyll and Hyde Story

August 28, 2020 |

It has been common knowledge for a few decades now that the nitrates and nitrites added to processed meats such as bacon, ham, hot dogs, sausages, salami and other “cold meats” as preservatives and colour enhancers are not healthy. These chemicals are a substantial part of the reason that processed meats are linked with cancers…

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FOOD ST★RS! Sublime Strawberries

July 31, 2020 |

Umm..mm..mm strawberries!  Delicious to bite into, juicy and sweet, with a gorgeous ruby glow on the outside.  There are enough reasons right there to eat a strawberry.  But behind their alluring taste and appearance, there are many more enticements to eat these little fruits.     Nutrients in Strawberries With only 49 calories, one half…

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Saying No to Nightshades?

June 19, 2020 |

The nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) is a very large one, consisting of almost 3000 different species, many of which are inedible and even toxic. The most infamous of these is belladonna or deadly nightshade, the poison used by Juliet to fake her death in Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe this is why nightshades…

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