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Is the gluten-free diet just a fad?

Thirty percent of adults are now avoiding gluten, but less than 1% actually have celiac disease. So do the rest have gluten sensitivity or are they just jumping on the latest health bandwagon? Gluten is a protein commonly found in whole grains like wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where […]

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AWAKE Chocolate: Any Child Can Buy One?

It isn’t just about colas, coffee, or energy drinks anymore. Now there are more products appearing with added caffeine, the world’s most consumed pharmacologically active stimulant. Last week I found this display of AWAKE Chocolate bars at my friendly neighbourhood Shoppers Drug Mart. AWAKE Chocolate contains 101 mg of caffeine, promoted as having the same […]

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Coca-Cola’s New Ad: Coming Together for Empty Calories

Coca-Cola launched a new commercial in the U.S. today called “Coming Together.” It’s a calculated communication to address declining sales for sugar-laden drinks, an attempt to change the message away from one of blame for the obesity crisis to one about being part of the solution. You can’t blame Coca-Cola for trying, given how soft […]

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High Blood Sugar Linked to Colon Cancer

A new study suggests that a surprising factor, high blood sugar, may be a key culprit for fuelling the disease among older women. Researchers have previously suspected that there could be a link, but the handful of other studies to date has been inconclusive, with some showing a relationship and some not. According to the American Cancer […]

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Nutrition Plays Vital Role in Traumatic Brain Injury Care

Important news for traumatic brain injury treatment. Actress Natasha Richardson died from complications from bleeding in the brain after sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a tragic skiing accident in 2009. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a TBI as an injury caused by “a bump, blow or jolt to the head, […]

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Best Strategies for Maintaining Long-Term Weight Loss

Do you wonder why, after losing weight last year, you’re back to where you started? Are you telling yourself that this time, you will strengthen your resolve and make it stick? A surprising new Australian study helps explain that your lack of willpower may not be to blame. Published recently in the New England Journal […]

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How to Kick the Added Sugar Habit

Is eating too much added sugar putting your health at risk? You are not alone: Americans are consuming an average of 22 teaspoons a day, way above the American Heart Association’s recommended limits of 6 teaspoons a day for women and 9 teaspoons a day for men.  Teenagers are eating even more: on average they […]

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Strange Health News Headline – Fizzy Drinks May Make Teens Explode

As a freelance health journalist, I cruise the digital headlines looking for story ideas about health news and medical innovations on a regular basis. Here’s one strange health headline that grabbed my attention last week – “Fizzy Drinks May Make Teens Explode.” A closer look at the study abstract from the journal Injury Prevention revealed […]

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10 freaky facts about food

We rounded up the bizarre things you may not know about some common foods. All foods mentioned are considered safe to consume, but these freaky facts may lead you to think before you eat! 1. Shellac is made from bug excrement Jellybeans are a tasty treat and come in many flavours, but did you realize their […]

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Fast food nutrition facts are not enough

Fast food nutrition facts on food labels in Canada right now is voluntary. Many places provide this information, but it can be hard to find or simply not available. Among retailers who do tell, nutrition facts are found in all kinds of different places – websites, posters near the restrooms, tray liners, brochures, or in […]

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