This past weekend, I enjoyed a visit to friend’s cottage in Muskoka however with relentless rain, we probably consumed a little too much resveratrol and over did it on the food intake. That behaviour ignited the idea for this segment – Portion Distortion. It’s not just food portions that have increased; plate, bowl, and cup sizes have as well. In the early 1990s, the standard size of a dinner plate increased from 10 to 12 inches; cup and bowl sizes also increased. Larger eating containers can influence how much people eat. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine http://www.ajpm-online.net/article/S0749-3797(06)00179-6/abstract found that when people were given larger bowls and spoons they served themselves larger portions of ice cream … Continue reading
Still struggling to find ways to mix it up and add fruits to your day? Here are a few fun and creative suggestions (definitely on occasion & in moderation for some e.g. Blueberry Martini!) Asian Noodles and Vegetable Salad with Plums http://www.foodland.gov.on.ca/english/fruits/plums/recipes/asian-ndl-salad-plum.l Peach Appetizers http://www.yumsugar.com/Perfect-Summer-Appetizer-Pancetta-Wrapped-Peaches-1870692 Blueberry Martini http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/blueberrymartini_86276?SThisEM Enjoy!
Weekend Forecast: Another hot and humid one. I’ve been getting questions about hydration during the summer, especially when it is above 28 C with humidity. The body is made up of 60 to 70 percent water. So you need to consume fluids on a regular basis to maintain good health. It is important to keep active and as the heat and humidity intensifies, so does our need to rehydrate, particulary during activity and sports. Tips: Keep water and cool beverages such as pure fruit juices on hand at all times (before, during and after activity); Make sure you are hydrated going into the activities (non caffeinated beverages are preferred); Have fresh fruit, such as peaches, bananas and/or orange slices before, … Continue reading
What food is more synonymous with summers in Ontario than freshly picked corn on the cob? Corn grows in “ears,” each of which is covered in rows of kernels that are then protected by the silk-like threads called “corn silk” and encased in a husk. Corn is known scientifically as Zea mays. This reflects its traditional name, maize, by which it was known to the Native Americans as well as many other cultures throughout the world.
The marketing and safety of Energy Drinks has been getting much press lately. Energy Drinks are formulated with sugar, caffeine, vitamins and herbs to promote mental and physical alertness for a short period of time. In Canada, they are regulated as supplements (not food) and should be labelled with natural health product numbers (NPN). There is concern about the short term and long term effects from consuming energy drinks for children and teens, plus some of the claims for the ingredients such as Taurine have not been clinically substantiated. Visit Health Canada website for information about caffeine http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/food-aliment/caffeine-eng.php and this editorial at CMAJ July 26 2010 about Energy Drinks for children http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/rapidpdf/cmaj.100953v2?ijkey=8b98a490818caad3b06b086b6fd475c0fe71a18d&keytype2=tf_ipsecsha Keep in mind, Energy drinks are not the … Continue reading