Tag: Heart Health

Is Intermittent Fasting Really Effective?

Intermittent fasting is gaining popularity. There are claims that it has many virtues, including weight loss and a reduced risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. But is it really effective? We’re about to shine a light on intermittent fasting and its effects on health below.

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Can It Be Harmful to Have Too Much “Good” Cholesterol?

It is often said that to prevent cardiovascular disease, one must reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol and increase “good” HDL cholesterol. But is it possible to have too much “good” cholesterol? Keep on reading to find out the answer!

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4 Tips to Limit Your Sodium Intake

13 August, 2018 No Comments

According to a report recently released by Health Canada, Canadians still consume too much sodium. Excessive sodium consumption can lead to high blood pressure, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke, which is the leading cause of death worldwide and the second leading cause of death in Canada.

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Is it Risky to Eat Soy?

Plant based proteins, through their beneficial effects on health and the environment, are gaining popularity among those seeking to move away from animal proteins. Soybeans are a legume native to Asia found in a variety of foods such as tofu, tempeh, miso, edamame and soy beverages. They are rich in protein, fiber, good unsaturated fats […]

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5 Heart-Healthy Foods

An important factor involved in the risk of developing cardiovascular disease is diet. Prevention is essential because this type of disease is one of the leading causes of death in Canada. Healthy eating for the heart starts with including key foods into our daily lives. Here are some suggestions.

The Virtues of Olive Oil

15 January, 2018 No Comments

Olive oil has been consumed by Mediterranean people for nearly 5000 years, used as much for their savory dishes as for their sweet dishes. For the past ten years, a craze has developed for this product worldwide, both for its taste and for its health benefits.

How to Increase your Intake of Omega 3 (Video)

Omega 3’s are important for health—they have a protective effect on cardiovascular health and could even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. There are many Omega 3 supplements and Omega 3 enriched products on the market. But it is also possible to obtain all the Omega 3 you need from your diet!

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Blood Thinners and Greens: A Mix to Avoid?

12 September, 2016 21 Comments

You might have heard that if you take an anticoagulant (blood thinner), like Coumadin (warfarin), you should stop eating, or at least eat fewer, green vegetables, because they contain too much Vitamin K. But is this really the case?

Butter or Margarine, Which Will You Choose?

Butter and margarine are both lipids. Therefore, it’s important to consume them in moderation. Only 30% of your daily calories should come from fats. The total amount of fat recommended is 65g/day for women and 90g/day for men. Keep in mind that a teaspoon of fat equals around 4g.

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Top Five Nutrition Changes as we Age

It is no surprise that we have an aging population; those over the age of 65 are the fastest growing population group! It is estimated by year 2030, more than one in five will be over the age of 65 (Heath Canada, 2002). As we age, our nutrition needs shift from a focus on growth […]

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Our “Heart-Healthy” Menus adopted by the Montreal Heart Institute’s Centre for Preventive Medicine

20 February, 2015 No Comments

We are very proud to announce a new strategic partnership with the Montreal Heart Institute’s Centre for Preventive Medicine (EPIC Centre), through its Foundation. Through this initiative, the Registered Dietitians of the EPIC Centre will prescribe our ‘Heart-Healthy’ meal plans to the patients. These meal plans are totally in-line with the Mediterranean diet, use mostly […]

TOP 10 Heart Healthy Recipes

1 February, 2015 No Comments

For decades, scientists around the world have agreed that the Mediterranean diet helps reducing our risk of cardiovascular disease. This is one of the reasons why all our menus are inspired by this food pattern. The other reasons being the fact that it is palate-pleasing and very easy to make. To celebrate this month of […]