Tag: Fruit


4 Tips for Eating Affordable Fruits and Vegetables this Winter

14 January, 2016 No Comments

Since the beginning of the year, the image of a cauliflower on sale at $7.49 has been setting the Internet ablaze. Unfortunately, a record low Canadian dollar means that imports are costing us more. Ironic, when compared with the rest of the world where the prices of major food items have fallen 20%, according to […]


Lemon Juice in the Morning: All-Purpose Cure?

11 January, 2016 No Comments

Who has not heard that drinking a large glass of water with lemon first thing in the morning can solve all kinds of problems? I'm sure I'm not the only one! That's why I wanted to figure out if there is any scientific reasoning behind this fancy cure, or if it's only an old wives' […]

fresh fruit salad

Avoiding fruit at mealtime: myth or reality?

6 November, 2015 No Comments

You've probably already heard that we should avoid eating fruit during or after meals, but is this really based on fact? Is it an old wives’ tale or is there some truth behind it all? Let me shed some light on this.

Food Guide for a Balanced Diet

Should Juice Be Banned from the Food Guide?

17 September, 2015 No Comments

Last week, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published an article entitled “Food Guide under Fire at Obesity Summit”.  One of the main issues was how fruit juice (125mL) is counted towards a fruit and vegetable serving on the Food Guide.  With this logic, having a couple cups of juice daily could help you reach […]


Organic Week – September 19 to 27

8 September, 2015 No Comments

September 19 to 27 is Organic Week, Canada’s largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products. Hundreds of retail locations participate in organic promotions, while over 200 community-level events are held across the country. Events include everything from pickling workshops to recipe contests, farm tours, or organic food and drink tastings.

Low FODMAP foods, aliments faibles en fodmaps

The heroes of a low FODMAP diet

We have seen that the list of foods to avoid when we follow a low FODMAP diet is rather long. Luckily for us, the list of foods that can be consumed freely is even longer.


Banana art

I never had much of an appetite as a child, but my mother always made me finish what was on my plate. That’s why I still feel a little anxious whenever I think back on family meals, when I was told not to play with food (what I always tried to do, to save time).


GMO Apples developed in B.C. approved for sale in U.S.

17 February, 2015 No Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is OK for two varieties of genetically engineered non-browning apples to be sold in the United States. The apples will be marketed as Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, based in Summerland, British Columbia. These apples are modified versions of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious, […]


Is an orange of the 1950’s equivalent to 21 of today’s oranges?

16 February, 2015 No Comments

In the last twenty years, numerous scientists have attempted to compare nutrient data collected in the 50s and 60s with more recent nutrient analyses. Some of these studies have been summarized in the report “Still no free lunch” by Brian Halweil, researcher at the Worldwatch Institute. The alarming conclusion is that fruits and vegetables aren’t […]

Carambola, a star fruit

Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on May 3, 2014. Originally from Malaysia, the carambola tree is a rugged tree that grows in hot and humid climates in tropical areas, producing fruit throughout the year. These fruits have five to six distinctive ridges, and once sliced, resemble a perfect star. Although they mostly serve […]

prickly pear, figue de Barbarie, poire cactus,

A fruit that’s half-fig half-pear

Did you know that the fruit known as “cactus fig” or prickly pear tastes neither like a fig nor a pear, but more like a cross between a watermelon and lemon? Native to Central America, this oval fruit that varies in colour (yellow, red, white), grows on the Opuntia cactus. As it is very rich […]


Long live the frozen fruit and vegetables!

15 January, 2014 No Comments

In the heart of winter, fresh produce is limited—or expensive-, which forces many of us to turn to canned or frozen fruit and vegetables. My preference goes to frozen products because no salt or sugar is added during their manufacturing process. Frozen foods are processed immediately after picking, which minimizes the loss of nutrients. The […]