Researchers at the University of Oxford have published a landmark paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America that may have just the answer you’re looking for. Recognizing that unhealthy diets and obesity are among the biggest contributors to disease and premature death globally, the authors attempt to model the potential impact of dietary change. The results are staggering: According to the authors, if everyone, globally, were to follow World Health Organization Guidelines for healthy eating which includes a diet low in saturated fats, sugars and salt, and high in vegetables and fruits, 5.1 million deaths could be avoided each year.
If dietitians get their way, you will soon be paying more for your sugary drinks. Dietitians of Canada released a statement today calling for the taxation of sugar-sweetened beverages. This includes soft drinks, energy drinks and fruit drinks.
Should you do a full on detox, eating an extremely healthy diet for a period of time, or, does it make more sense to gradually ease back in to being healthier by doing things like replacing your afternoon cookie with an apple? Try introducing a “meatless” Monday, going plant-based until 6 p.m. or, even becoming vegetarian all together.
You are not alone! The farm-to-table movement has grown in popularity in Canada and people are increasingly trying to buy local to help the environment, support local farmers and get the freshest, healthiest foods. How can we continue to eat local produce in the Canadian winter? Believe it or not, there are still quite a few vegetables and some fruits that are available fresh in the winter.