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Cutting down the sugar intake

With an obesity epidemic continually on the rise, many people look to different ways to try to cut down on their sugar intake. Canadians in general eat about 88 pounds of sugar each year. That is nearly 20 of the standard-size bags of white sugar!

It is no secret that refined sugar is bad for us — contributing to not only obesity, but diabetes and heart disease as well. But are the artificial and natural sweeteners that have come in to the market any better than actual sugar itself? Below is a short summary of the most common sweeteners to help you navigate and find out which is the best option for you.

Artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners include aspartame, acesulfame potassium, saccharin and sucralose.

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Protein and pregnancy

After five long years of emotional ups and downs battling infertility and nearly losing hope of ever getting pregnant, everything changed.

A patient of mine in her late 30s found out she was pregnant, leading to elation and excitement for her and her husband.

However, not long after the initial excitement that comes along with (finally) being pregnant, the stress of how to eat right soon burdened her.

Being pregnant raises many questions about nutrition for women, especially if it is a first pregnancy. Many women frequent my office for nutritional guidance and advice. On many occasions, I provide reassurance that they are doing the right thing.

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Hope for the Future

I heard dozen times that the “youths are the hope of the future and the Fatherland...”

The youths are the ones to continue the past and present generations.

In a smallest unit of the society—a family—the children are the hope of the family’s generation.

They are the ones carrying the names, cultures, traditions and treasures of the family.

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Multivitamins — useful or useless?

Multivitamins come in all shapes, forms, sizes and colours. Some are chewable, some are liquid. Some promise to give you a longer lifespan while others guarantee they will help to ward off heart disease.

With so much advertising around the use of multivitamins, it may come as no surprise that most people presume they should be consuming a daily supplement.

However, is it really worth your time, research and investment?

Taking a multivitamin is a popular practice and many of our new patients coming into the clinic are already on a multivitamin supplement. Most people have one of two beliefs about multivitamins; either that they have all of their daily nutritional intake covered by taking one, or that multivitamins make “expensive urine” and have little benefit.

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Making it all add up

Whenever the education experts (including media pundits), government bureaucrats and parents would all line up to bemoan the latest international test scores of Alberta students — and then proceed to blame the teachers for them — I would always tell myself how glad I was that my kids were safely out of school.

And then I started having grandchildren. Does this mean I have to be invested in the next round of the “new math” debate, all over again? I guess so.

Here’s a question from an international Grade 8 level math test: Find 1/3 minus 1/4.

Four possible answers below the question are presented to test whether the student knows the method to finding the answer, which is 4 minus 3 over 3 times 4 (that’s 1/12 in the old math I was taught).

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