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Flexitarians are those who still eat meat, but only on a part-time basis. Restaurants and fast-food chains have them top of mind, with A&W’s version of a veggie burger, like those seen above, a huge hit among customers. (Shutterstock)

How restaurants are wooing ‘flexitarians’

Almost one in five Canadians are going meatless or eating far less meat. But most establishments aren't actually targeting vegetarians or vegans; they're chasing "flexitarians." Here’s why.
One recent study revealed no evidence that selenium supplements help prevent diabetes, even in geographical areas where there are relatively low amounts of selenium in the natural diet. (Shutterstock)

Why you should stop buying vitamins and get more sleep instead

Most vitamins and other nutritional supplements are unlikely to prevent chronic disease. Invest in good quality foods, sleep and exercise instead.
The idea that fat is lazy and thin is virtuous has its roots in Christianity and is perpetuated by industry and media today. (Unsplash/ Mārtiņš Zemlickis)

Why you resolved to get thinner and fitter this year

Moralistic talk about food, exercise and bodies has its roots in Christianity and is perpetuated by corporations. Collectively, we can resist.
Perfectionists are rarely satisfied with their performance or appearance and engage in harsh self-criticism when their efforts fall short. Perfectionists are also more likely to develop the eating disorder bulimia nervosa, according to new research. (Shutterstock)

Perfectionists more likely to develop bulimia: New research

Perfectionists have a higher chance of developing bulimia nervosa. Rather than treating symptoms of binge eating and vomiting, therapists should address this underlying personality trait.
Lab-grown or cultured meat, when done at scale, will be an industrial process with significant energy requirements. Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

Why cows are getting a bad rap in lab-grown meat debate

Despite many claims, nobody knows for sure how the environmental footprint of lab-grown meat compares to livestock. An animal scientist says the issue is not black and white.
The apparent higher costs of healthy foods like fresh produce compared to fatty, starchy foods is thought to have contributed to food insecurity in Canada. But is there more at play than just cost? Sydney Rae/Unsplash

Time and money – the biggest hurdles to healthy eating

Although nutritious, inexpensive food options do exist for low-income Canadians, whether those foods are easily accessible or feasible has long evaded both nutrition researchers and politicians.
Being thin doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy foods and get away with it. from www.shutterstock.com

Just because you’re thin, doesn’t mean you’re healthy

You might be thin on the outside, but if you have a poor diet and are physically inactive, you can have the same health risks as someone who is obese.

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