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Vegan Kid Alert

Nutrispeak by Vesanto Melina and Gillian Meghan Walters Children tend to gravitate to animals and love them. Adults guide them to care for companion animals; to love, feed, and pamper dogs and cats and make sure they are not harmed. At the same time, we live in a society that teaches us that it is okay to eat pigs for breakfast, chickens for lunch, and cows for dinner. In Canada alone, more… Read More »Vegan Kid Alert

Meat Subsidies: We’re Paying Double

Nutrispeak by Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian Our annual subsidies to Canadian farmers have ranged from 6.9 billion dollars (in 2011) to more than 8 billion dollars. Primary beneficiaries from our tax dollars are beef, pork, poultry, egg, and dairy producers. We know that farming can be hard work, with challenging weather and trade agreements. Yet we also that, according to the World Health Organization, meat is a “probable carcinogen”. Cured… Read More »Meat Subsidies: We’re Paying Double

Defeating Type 2 Diabetes

Nutrispeak Vesanto Melina, MS, RD “The diabetes time bomb has been ticking for 50 years, and it’s been getting louder. Martin Silink, President International Diabetes Federation Since 2000, the number of people in Canada with diabetes has doubled. Today, one in three Canadians lives with prediabetes or diabetes. Those 20 years old now have a 50-50 chance of developing the disease. The risk for some indigenous people is 80 per cent. Close to 40… Read More »Defeating Type 2 Diabetes

Q&A: Iron on a Plant-Based Diet!

Nutrispeak Vesanto Melina MS, RD, Alessia Vaz and Sophia Jhajj A common misconception is that those eating plant-based diets are more prone to develop iron deficiency. In fact, it has been found that they are no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than are their meat-eating counterparts. Continue reading for answers to some common questions about iron! What is iron and why is it important? Not only is… Read More »Q&A: Iron on a Plant-Based Diet!

Taking care of your heart

10/02/2018 Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina The news regarding heart health used to be all about cholesterol. This made sense since the plaque that sticks to the inner lining of arteries leading to the heart is primarily cholesterol. These fatty deposits accumulate, causing blood vessels to narrow; eventually, these oxygen-delivering arteries can become entirely blocked. Without oxygen, the heart cannot carry on. The same process in the brain results in strokes.… Read More »Taking care of your heart

Preventing and reversing diabetes

08/12/2018 Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina and Brenda Davis Since 2000, the number of people in Canada with diabetes has doubled. Today, one in three Canadians lives with prediabetes or diabetes. Those 20-year-olds now have a 50-50 chance of developing the disease. The risk for some indigenous people is 80 per cent. Close to 40 per cent of newly diagnosed cases occur in seniors. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that diminishes the… Read More »Preventing and reversing diabetes

Aging in Great Health!

Nutrispeak Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian Why do we age? Getting older, and showing it, and feeling it, involves a buildup of toxic metabolites including reactive oxygen species, a form of free radicals, and AGEs (Advanced Glycation Endproducts). AGEs are harmful substances that form when protein or fat combine with sugar in the bloodstream. AGEs are implicated in diabetic complications, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and normal aging. Having excess body fat makes… Read More »Aging in Great Health!

Why go more plant-based?

05/06/2018 Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina A half century ago, vegetarian and vegan diets were viewed with concern by health professionals. In decades since, these have been the focus of vast amounts of research. Today, a dietary shift in the direction of plant foods is regarded as a very positive step by knowledgeable dietitians, MDs, nutritional scientists and by a growing number of the general public. Why the shift? Reduced risk… Read More »Why go more plant-based?

Plant-based Meetups

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina Some people from Winnipeg call our fair city “Vegcouver”.  One good reason is that when we go to the helpful guide for plant-based eating, www.happycow.net , and search Vancouver BC, we find no less than 244 listings. (These include vegan, vegetarian and veg-friendly restaurants, as well as other food outlets.)   If we narrow our filter just to vegan restaurants, we still end up with 25 listings. A… Read More »Plant-based Meetups

Dairy-free and well nourished!

30/03/2018 Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina There are many good reasons to embrace a diary-free diet: Human health: Most of the world’s population has some degree of lactase insufficiency or lactose intolerance after the age of weaning and milk protein is one of the top allergens. The environment: Pleasant, pastoral scenes don’t show the environmental damage from cattle to riverbanks, air, water and wildlife. Legislation is taking shape, with strong opposition, requiring large California… Read More »Dairy-free and well nourished!