Myth: A detox diet is a good way to clean out the toxins in your body.

Nutrition Month Myth Busting

March is Nutrition Month

A time to reflect on eating habits, celebrate the nutritious food we can access in Canada and most importantly it’s time to bust some top nutrition myths.

Each week we will be sharing a top myth from the Dietitians of Canada and a recipe created in partnership with Heart and Stroke. Knowledge is power and when we can learn together we can grow together.

Eating 9 to 5!

Nutrition Month 2015 is dedicated to eating well at work and on the go.  This has been called – Eating 9 to 5! 

Let’s fill our water bottles, make time for meal prep and get back in our kitchens.

Do you have a nutrition question? Share with us below.

Eat well…Jenn

Myth: A detox diet is a good way to clean out the toxins in your body.

Water in glasses | www.canolaeatwell.comTHE TRUTH: There is no scientific evidence to support the need for detoxification diets. Detox diets claim to “cleanse” your system of toxins, but your liver, kidneys and intestine already do that for you. Detox diets typically involve fasting followed by a strict diet.

Frequent fasting or fasting for more than a few days may cause unhealthy side effects such as headaches, dehydration, low blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Some detox diets include intestine-clearing supplements that might actually be harmful. Your best bet to keep your body healthy is to eat a daily diet based on Canada’s Food Guide.

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Myth: Cooking meals at home takes way too much time.

Kids Eating | www.canolaeatwell.comTHE TRUTH: Getting a healthy, home-cooked meal on the table doesn’t take as much time as you think. Simple, nutritious foods can make tasty meals, and planning meals in advance lets you use your time wisely.

For example, try making “planned extras” (leftovers on purpose) that can be used for another meal, or make big batches of food on weekends, freeze small portions and defrost on nights when time is tight.

Cooking at home doesn’t mean never using convenience foods. Healthy versions of convenience foods, like pre-washed, ready-to-eat vegetables or pre-cut fresh meat skewers, can be time savers that help get meals to the table quickly.

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Order a copy of the ‘Quick and Healthy‘ recipe book

Quick and Healthy Cookbook Volume 5 | www.canolaeatwell.comPacked with a bakers dozen recipes, photos, tips and nutritional analysis, this mini cookbook will get you inspired to try something new.

All recipes were created in partnership with Heart and Stroke, include many Canadian grown ingredients and have been tested in multiple kitchens.

We hope you’ll love this edition as much as we do!