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How healthy is eating fish?

How healthy is eating fish?

Aug 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Fish has long been widely regarded as a health food, but that perspective is changing, which isn’t entirely surprising given we use the oceans, rivers and waterways that feed into oceans as dumping grounds for every imaginable toxin. Whereas 15 or 20 years ago, fish and fish oil supplements were linked with health...

Love your legumes

Love your legumes

Jul 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, with Karli Nordman and Kaitlin Berris • Legumes provide protein to vegan and vegetarian diets and are a great addition to many diverse lifestyles. As a rich source of fibre, legumes can help promote healthy cholesterol levels and digestive health and they also help us maintain blood glucose and energy between meals. In...

Can slaughter be humane?

Can slaughter be humane?

Jun 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • I recently received a newsletter advertising local organic food that was subject to “humane slaughtering practices.” I find that phrase disturbing. It arises from a mentality or perspective that considers it OK to slaughter another group of sentient beings. Yet the people arranging or financially supporting the...

Picky little eaters

Picky little eaters

May 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Kristen Yarker, MSc RD • As many parents can attest, toddlers and preschoolers typically go through a stage where they become picky eaters. Whereas some are picky from the start, for others the pickiness starts suddenly. A meal that has been served many times is set in front of the child and is met with, “Yuck! I...

Iron for infants

Iron for infants

Apr 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD and Kristen Yarker, MSc RD • Things have changed in the world of infant nutrition. In the past, strict sequences were suggested for introducing solid foods, however, these rules have been abandoned as our understanding of food allergies and infant nutrition evolved. In families with plant-based diets, the timing and...

The prime of life

The prime of life

Mar 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD, and Kayla Feenstra • I’m convinced to this day that our lifestyle choices make the difference between thriving and dying. – Dr. Ruth Heidrich, vegan since her 1982 breast cancer diagnosis and winner of six Ironman Triathlons. In our senior years we need fewer calories, but more of certain nutrients like protein,...

Vegetarian diplomacy

Vegetarian diplomacy

Feb 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • The central concept here can be adapted for a great many scenarios. Consider this: One person’s focus may be kindness to children. Another may feel strongly about wireless technology, going GMO-free or perhaps recycling. Yet whatever their focus, that same person can sit down to a chicken dinner or host a beef barbecue...

Iron – finding the right balance

Iron – finding the right balance

Jan 1, 2014

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • As part of red blood cells, iron plays a central role in transporting life-giving oxygen to cells and carrying away the metabolic waste product carbon dioxide. Iron deficiency is the primary nutritional deficiency worldwide, especially for women of childbearing age, infants and teens. At the same time, we want to avoid...

Gluten-free celebration

Gluten-free celebration

Dec 1, 2013

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • With 1% of the population having celiac disease, 0.1% having a true wheat allergy and an estimated 0.5 to 30% – depending on the estimator – having gluten sensitivity, holiday meals can pose a challenge. The hearty, flavourful entree below will be welcomed by the vegetarians on your guest list as well as everyone...

Going gluten-free

Going gluten-free

Nov 1, 2013

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • Has the staff of life become a pain in the gut? It would seem so for a growing number who have difficulty with the protein complex that is present in wheat, spelt, kamut, rye, barley and triticale. About one percent of the population has celiac disease, an extreme autoimmune reaction with gastrointestinal (GI) damage,...