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9-15-2013 2-36-59 PM

Bonnie’s Bone Bonanza

by Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian  Bonnie was thinking about going vegan. Of all the dietary choices she had considered over the years, this made perfect sense and fit her values. Yet she wanted to be certain that her new way of eating would provide every essential nutrient. The women in her family were blessed […]

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9-15-2013 2-33-31 PM

Good Hospital Care and Fare

By Vesanto Melina When people speak of hospital food, they don’t often use the adjective “good”. In fact I don’t recall having heard those three words in combination.  However I recently went to University of British Columbia Hospital for hip replacement surgery and overall, I was blown away by a thoroughly positive experience of our medical […]

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9-15-2013 2-32-58 PM

The Beefs about Beef

By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian When barbecue season comes along, we may have fond memories of summer events with meat sizzling over the coals. Yet there are great reasons to cook up something else that is superbly tasty and less potentially carcinogenic for summer get-togethers. Recent information from the Harvard-based Health Professionals Follow-up Study […]

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9-15-2013 2-31-22 PM

Findings From the Nutrition Superstars

By Vesanto Melina, MS, Registered Dietitian In February 2013 I attended  the 6th International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, which is held in California about every five years. The 2nd Congress, in 1992, was so inspiring that I and two dietitian colleagues, Brenda Davis and Victoria Harrison, wrote the first edition of our classic “Becoming Vegetarian”, now in 15 countries and 5 languages. […]

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9-15-2013 2-30-28 PM

Are Microwaves Safe?

By Vesanto Melina Many of us wonder whether microwave ovens are sending us to the cancer ward or creating weird molecules in food that our bodies can`t handle. Most Canadian homes have microwaves; obviously they have wide appeal. But what do we know of the health implications of their use? How does microwaving affect nutrients in […]

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