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Health and Nutrition

Is the organic vs non-organic sweet potato video scientifically sound?

20 Mar 2017

You asked about a video floating in cyberspace that describes a little girl's project purporting to show the risks of conventional produce....

Gluten-free Diets and the Mythologies Surrounding Them

20 Mar 2017

This week’s column is guaranteed to generate controversy. There will be all sorts of anecdotes from people who say they have lost weight, gained energy and just feel better after eliminating wheat....

Stoned on Food

20 Mar 2017

The effort to eliminate trans fats from our diet may have more benefits than expected. There is near unanimous agreement that trans fats increase the risk of heart disease but eliminating them may...

Lead - A stain on chocolate?

20 Mar 2017

Lead is nasty. Since the body has a tough time eliminating it, exposure to very small amounts can cause poisoning over the long term. Diagnosis of lead poisoning is challenging because of the...

Arsenic in Treated Wood

20 Mar 2017

What comes to mind when you think of arsenic?  Inheritance powder?  The possible murder of Napoleon?  Poisoned wells in Bangladesh?  Well, how about playgrounds, decks or picnic tables?  Concern...

A Sour Lawsuit

20 Mar 2017

I don’t know who Debbie Banafsheha is, but she is abusing the legal system for personal gain through spreading twaddle. Debbie has sued Heinz for what she claims is false advertising because the...

What is Natamycin?

20 Mar 2017

“The customer is always right,” is a time-honoured adage in marketing. It holds true even if the customer is wrong. If the customer does not want “artificial” preservatives” in food, industry will...


20 Mar 2017

Molds can sometimes grow to an impressive size. A story has been making the rounds in Montreal about a large piece of mold being found in a sample of Oasis juice. You would think from the press...

Seeds of Hope: GMO eggplants

20 Mar 2017

Why would anyone oppose a technology that dramatically increases crop yields and protects farmers from excessive exposure to pesticides? Because of irrational fears about the technology involved,...