Environment

It’s the Year of Pulses

15/07/2016 +Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina MS, RD • The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has named 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Pulses are edible seeds that grow in pods – peas, beans, lentils. They are also known as legumes. Pulses are packed with nutrients, especially B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, and folate) and …

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Plentiful plant protein

02/06/2016 FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina, Grace Yeh and Sharon Voong   •  Why does protein matter? As a component of muscle, bone and all body tissues, proteins are essential for structure and movement. They protect, coordinate body functions, help replace and maintain cells, and as enzymes facilitate biological reactions. People following plant-based diets need to …

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Buy Organic – it’s worth it

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina, MS, RD A few years ago, there was little scientific support for the health advantages of organic produce. Now, scientific evidence is gathering that shows toxins in pesticides do us harm. Common sense would tell us to avoid pesticides, which evolved from the germ warfare industry and were designed to kill …

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Community Digs

NUTRISPEAK by Vesanto Melina, MS, RD, and Kayla Feenstra Community gardening has seen a massive explosion in BC in the past five years. Some urban gardens with humble beginnings have tripled and quadrupled many times over. People line up on registration day to get a coveted plot, only to discover all plots were taken within …

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