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Lunch in B.C. Public Schools

Frankenstein’s Food Masquerades as a Healthy Alternative

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How healthy is your child’s cafeteria food?

According to the B.C. Ministry of Education, very healthy. Boasting strict guidelines on their website, the ministry states that its school lunch program is “designed to maximize students’ access to healthier options and fully eliminate the sale of unhealthy foods and beverages in BC schools.”

Actions, however, speak louder than words, so I decided to investigate the adherence of the guidelines by visiting various public school food vendor websites. Vendors Products of Canada stood out amongst its competitors because it featured a special line of “healthy” foods, called Healthy Alternatives. Perusing their list of available foods, I randomly selected an item to research – a Nutribar Chocolate Brownie snack. Its nutrient profile: Only 100 calories, nine vitamins and minerals, and two grams of fiber. Moreover, it claims that indulging in this snack is “part of a healthy lifestyle.”

Falling under the unique category of healthy alternatives, it’s no surprise this treat appears to meet the Ministry of Educations healthy mandate. That is, until you turn the package over, and take a closer look at the ingredient list, which included components such as: Continue reading Lunch in B.C. Public Schools

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Dehydration in the Developed World? It’s more common than you think — Part 1 of 2

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By Brent Leung, C.N.

Imagine being surrounded by an swarm of medical doctors, first class surgeons, some of the best modern medical equipment money can buy, access to every conceivable medication science has to offer, and then, you die because the best and brightest failed to give you a glass of water. This was the fateful ending for 22-year-old Kane Gorny, who took his last breathe at St George’s hospital in South London. The boy was in such need for a glass of water that he dialed 999 (equivalent to 911 in North America) begging for help.

Continue reading Dehydration in the Developed World? It’s more common than you think — Part 1 of 2