February Blogs

Nutrition Label Literacy

by Kelly Whalen

Nutrition labels are supposed to make things easier, right? 

Apparently this is not the case for some Canadians. Following up the Nutrition Facts Education Program that was launched in 2010, a new evaluation showed that many Canadians still struggle with nutrition labels. Two of the big problems that people had trouble with are discussed below.


One of the most common problems were comparing products. Many consumers found it overwhelming to compare one product to another, especially because the serving sizes are often different between products. In the basic example provided below, cracker A has less overall calories but a smaller serving size compared to cracker B which has more calories but a much larger serving size.


Color Me Intrigued: Cup Color Influences the Taste of Hot Chocolate

by Lindsay Buchanan, RD

With cold weather upon us and no clear break in sight, many outdoor enthusiasts are warming up with a mug of hot chocolate. What could be better you ask? Well, according to researchers from the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the University of Oxford, hot chocolate served in an orange or dark cream colored mug tastes best.


Vegetable Eaters More Optimistic

by Edie Shaw-Ewald, RD

Dietitians have always been positive that eating vegetables and fruits is good for your health. Now a study shows that eating lots of vegetables and fruits can make you more positive!.


A study conducted by Boehm and associates at the Harvard School of Public Health looked at the association between a high vegetable and fruit intake and optimism.


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