Blog post contributed by Michelle Jaelin, TV and digital media Nutrition Expert, licensed registered dietitian, creative food content developer and President of NutritionArtist.com.
When spring arrives, we start hearing about â€śbikini bodies,â€ť with people around us talking about going on diets in order to get â€śbeach-body ready.â€ť Maybe losing weight for bikini season is something youâ€™ve considered too. Hey, we all want to feel great in a bathing suit. Is a â€śfat-sheddingâ€ť diet the way to go? We could talk for hours about understanding and loving your own natural beauty, but if you are looking to lose weight for the summer, then I want to talk a bit about fad diets.
Youâ€™ve probably heard of the â€śDirty Dozen,â€ť a list of 12 fruits and vegetables named annually by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to be the most laden with pesticides. The US advocacy groupâ€™s message is that people can limit their exposure to pesticides by buying these 12 products from the organic aisle. Toddler favourites are routinely among the top offenders, and this yearâ€™s list, released in March, is no different: strawberries and grapes are named as pesticide peddlers. If youâ€™re pregnant or parenting little ones, the list could drive you to buy these foods organic, or, at the very least, feel guilty for eating the non-organic variety or serving them to your kids.
But is it really necessary to buy strawberries and grapes in the organic section? Is it actually safer?
Today is Canada’s Agriculture Day where we celebrate the good food that is produced here in Canada by your hardworking farmers. In Ontario we grow close to 6 million acres of barley, corn, oats, soybeans and wheat.