GRANOLA

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #6: GRANOLA

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: It’s considered the “healthy person’s cereal,” made with rolled oats, nuts and dried fruits. The term granola has become so synonymous with health that it’s used to describe hippie-esque people who are socially and environmental aware, left-wing, usually vegetarian, and who buy only fair-trade…


DRIED FRUIT

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #5: DRIED FRUIT

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: It’s fruit, a food group recommended by all nutrition experts for its vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content. Compared to fresh fruit, they’re more convenient to transport, preserve well and are a nutritious, delicious snack. WHY IT'S NOT: It’s not that dried fruit is unhealthy -- it is a much…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #4: BAKED BEANS

  BAKED BEANS WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: Beans are a good source of lean protein, they're virtually fat free, and they're high in soluble fiber. Consequently, they have a low glycemic index, which means that they don’t elicit a rapid rise in blood sugar levels. This is good news for those on weight-loss diets or suffering…


HAZELNUT SPREADS

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T! #3: HAZELNUT SPREADS

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: Ads for the most popular hazelnut spread, Nutella, claim that it's “an example of a tasty yet balanced breakfast.” Commercials show a mom feeding it to her healthy kids while the label includes a picture of Nutella surrounded by "healthy" items such as fresh fruit, whole wheat bread and orange…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #2: SPINACH PASTA

Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #2: SPINACH PASTA

  WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: It’s a sneaky way to add a vegetable to an otherwise carb-heavy meal. It’s green and, thus, healthy. WHY IT'S NOT: The amount of freeze-dried spinach that is added to the noodles is enough to make it green, but that’s about it. There isn’t enough to provide any nutritional benefits compared to…


Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #1: WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

  Foods you think are healthy BUT AREN'T #1: WHOLE WHEAT BREAD WHY WE THINK IT'S HEALTHY: Whole grains are far superior to refined white bread because of the added bran and vitamins. American nutritional guidelines recommend that half or more of your grains be whole. WHY IT'S NOT: Sure, the extra bran adds a tiny bit more…


The 2019 Canada's Food Guide

  The Canada's new food guide has been released this week and I have to admit, we're definitely going in the right direction. We know that genetics plays a huge role in how we metabolize foods and that nutritional approaches are highly individualized. But if I were tasked to build a meal plan for the general population, it…


Foods you avoid BUT SHOULDN'T! PART 50: SEA URCHIN

Foods you avoid BUT SHOULDN'T! PART 50: SEA URCHIN

  WHY WE AVOID IT: They’re small, globular and completely covered with “touch me and die” spikes. In many parts of the world, sea urchin is a delicacy, and the part that is eaten is the gonads. Not everyone “gets” why we eat raw sea urchin gonads in the first place. It has a rich, salty and creamy taste and a strong ocean…


Foods you avoid BUT SHOULDN'T. Part 38: RAW CATFISH NUGGETS

  WHY WE AVOID IT: Catfish are ugly bottom-feeders that suck on pond muck. Many people consider them a “junk” fish. Many avid fishermen will admit that the best thing to do when you realize you’ve got a catfish on the line is to just cut the line. Besides, nuggets are the leftover flesh chunks after the beautiful filets have…


CHOCOLATE

Foods you avoid BUT SHOULDN'T. Part 37: CHOCOLATE

  WHY WE AVOID IT: The elixir of the Mayans has had its fair share of controversies since science started looking at it. Accused of causing acne outbreaks, migraines, heartburn, insomnia, obesity and high cholesterol, chocolate is the love affair we are ashamed to indulge in. WHY WE SHOULD EAT IT: The modern chocolate bar…


CASHEWS

Foods you avoid BUT SHOULDN'T. Part 36: CASHEWS

  WHY WE AVOID IT: All nuts contain fat, but cashews are particularly high in saturated fats, and that still scares a lot of people who think they’ll get high cholesterol and die of cardiovascular disease. WHY WE SHOULD EAT IT: While it’s true that cashews are high in calories and saturated fats, they actually contain less…