Archive for March 2015

3 Causes of Food Poisoning Explained

Studies performed by the Public Health Agency of Canada show that approximately one in every eight Canadians gets sick as a result of domestically acquired food-borne diseases. While Canada does have very strict food safety procedures, it is important to understand that there are many precautions that should still be taken to prevent the spread of food-borne illness. This includes ensuring that hands are clean and thoroughly washed before and after handling food, refrigerating prepared food, ensuring that food items are fully cooked before consumption, and much more. If you plan to pursue a food safety diploma, you will learn.. READ MORE »

The Benefits and Dangers of Supplements for Athletes

Products such as protein powders, creatine, amino acids, mega-dose vitamins/minerals, weight loss aids, and energy boosters flood the shelves of nutritional supplement stores, all claiming to provide rapid, almost magical results. While athletes work hard to reach their goals, many people wonder if supplements actually give them a competitive edge. They can, and in many cases do, but there are several factors one needs to be aware of when taking supplements. Nutrition courses or a sports nutrition diploma can inform students about which types of supplements enhance different levels of performance. For example, a weightlifter focused on body composition would.. READ MORE »

5 Pioneering Moments in Nutrition Labeling

Although nutrition labeling has been around for quite some time in the US and other parts of the world, did you know that it was only made mandatory for packaged foods in Canada in 2007? The history of nutrition labeling is full of food legislations and all kinds of administrations passing acts and amendments – very interesting stuff, especially if you’re pursuing food quality training. Nutrition labeling has certainly come a long way. Here’s a few examples of some of the biggest moments that affect the way we decide what we want to eat – and how the industry goes.. READ MORE »

New Chemotherapy Drug Helps Prevent Early Menopause

While many people are aware of the two most significant risks of developing breast cancer—being a woman and ageing—people tend to disregard the idea of developing this disease at a young age. Although it is slightly rarer, young women can (and do) get breast cancer. In fact, a total of 18 per cent of all breast cancer cases in Canada occur in females under the age of 50. And while there are several treatments for breast cancer, chemotherapy is among the most common. Chemotherapy refers to a series of drug treatments that destroy cancer cells by stopping their ability to.. READ MORE »

Does the World Really Need Non-Browning Apples?

Move over Golden Delicious and Granny Smith, there’s a new apple in town and apparently this one has something that no other apple does—it’s got non-browning properties. When a typical apple is bruised, bitten or even sliced, its polyphenol oxidase (PPO) mixes with its polyphenolics to create a brown coloured melanin—which is where that unappealing brownish colour comes from. With Arctic apples, however, the combination of these two proteins never actually occurs, therefore bypassing the colour change. If you plan on pursuing food quality training, or enrolling in any quality control courses, this is one innovative item you may want.. READ MORE »