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Dr. Johnson - Red Deer Advocate

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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