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Marketing inglorious vegetables

July 22nd 2014

Tons of fruit and vegetables are dumped each year because they don’t meet the standards required by retailers (and consumers). At best, these imperfect products are intended for processing or animal feed, and at worst, the dustbin. But, they are just as good as the nice-looking ones. The solution to such wastage is not simple.

In France, several chain stores sell flawed fruit and vegetables at a discount. Intermarché, which is one such chain, has paired it with a humourous and snappy Internet campaign, which went viral and even won an award for advertising.
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Eating local (and organic, if possible) to enjoy fruits and vegetables at their best

July 21st 2014

Several factors influence the vitamin and mineral content in fruits and vegetables: place of cultivation, climatic conditions, time of harvest, etc.

These products begin to lose nutrients once they are picked and this loss continues depending on the length and conditions of transport and storage.

What’s more, some fruits and vegetables are often picked before maturity to prevent damage during transport, and this further decreases their nutritional value and flavour.
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Little chefs can cook (with your help)

July 20th 2014

Children should start by learning basic cooking skills and build their way up. Use these age-specific guidelines to help your little chef succeed in the kitchen.

Don’t forget to go over safety rules and explain what they can and cannot touch. It’s also important to show them how to safely use equipment.
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Raspberries, for taste and health

July 19th 2014

raspberriesOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on July 19, 2014.

They come in several sizes, colours, textures and different flavours. Like blackberries, which are their “cousins”, raspberries grow on all continents except Antarctica and in every latitude except the tropics.

Their high antioxidant content makes them valuable and healthy allies in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, cancers and chronic diseases.
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What do I need to know about preteenagers’ changing nutritional needs?

July 16th 2014

At age 10-12, don’t be surprised if your son starts eating more — a lot more — with the onset of puberty.

More servings of each food group in Canada’s Food Guide are recommended beginning at age nine, as shown in this chart:
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5 tips for healthy weight loss

July 15th 2014

Having trouble shedding those extra kilos? Here are the 5 most important points:

  1. Don’t ban any food (the less nutritious foods will simply be on the menu in small amounts and less often than the more nutritious ones).
  2. Ensure an adequate intake of protein and do weight training.
  3. Fill up on satiating foods such as fruits, vegetable and whole grain cereals.
  4. It’s better to have a healthy snack, especially when the gap between meals is more than 4 hours.
  5. Learn to listen to your hunger and satiety cues.

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5 tips for a newbie runner

July 15th 2014

Be proud of yourself

All too often, I hear runners comparing themselves to others “I run slower. I am bigger. I am more breathless. I have smaller legs. I only run 5 km… And so on!” Applaud the person you are. Going running is a very personal journey. For example, if you want to walk more than run, it’s quite alright… It is totally your choice. Remember that you are outdoors running around… It’s already marvellous!

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