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Can Nutrition help prevent Alzheimer’s disease?

One of the most widespread neurodegenerative diseases that causes dementia and is a public health concern worldwide is Alzheimer (1). In 2050, it is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) will affect 106.8 million people around the world which will also cause a significant impact to socioeconomic burden (1). Although large amounts of funding are given to medical researches trying to find the cure to AD, many people wonder if they can help prevent the risk of AD with food and nutrition.

Indeed, nutrition is one of the modifiable risk factors against the risk of AD. Other variables in people’s life also play an important role to AD: education, physical activity, smoking, stress, type 2 diabetes including other lifestyles habits (2). Other non-modifiable risk factors against AD are age, genetics including ethnicity (2,3). Although the Alzheimer’s Society in the United Kingdom indicates that women tend to be more affected by AD than men, the cause still remains unclear (3).

Since nutrition has an important influence on the risk of AD, people may wonder if their diet can help prevent this condition. Firstly, antioxidants such as polyphenols present in coffee, tea, dark chocolate, including red wine help prevent against the risk of AD (1). Other antioxidants include vitamin A and beta-carotene, followed by vitamin C combined with vitamin E. Most of these vitamins are found in fruits and vegetables including nuts and seeds. Next, folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin B6 and B12 play an important role to help prevent the risk of AD. These vitamins are also found in some fruits and vegetables including soy, lentils, nuts, grain products and meat. However, it is recommended to consume meat and foods low in saturated fat since this is believed to worsen cognitive functions (1). In brief, people living with AD tend to have higher risk of hyperhomocysteinemia which is, indeed, caused by inadequate vitamin B6, B9 and B12 food intake and also associated with cardiovascular diseases (4). Monounsaturated (olive and avocado oil) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (i.e. Omega 3, which are found in nuts and seeds and fatty fishes) also seem to have a positive impact on cognitive function. Finally, women with inadequate vitamin D intake tend to score less in cognitive function tests compared to women with adequate vitamin D intake (1). Dairy products enriched with vitamin D may also help prevent the risk of AD. On the other hand, other nutrients such as iron, copper and carbohydrates should be consumed more carefully to help prevent against the risk of AD.

To conclude, many biological and environmental factors have an important impact on AD. To help reduce the risk of this neurodegenerative disease burden, it is important to acknowledge each one’s lifestyle including eating habits for better quality of life. Let your brain enjoy food in a moderate and balanced way! -SNC-

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3705810/ 
  2. http://www.alzheimer.ca/en/Home/About-dementia/Alzheimer-s-disease/Risk-factors
  3. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20010/risk_factors_and_prevention/116/risk_factors_you_can_t_change
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4326479/

 

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Making the holidays more joyful with food

At the end of the year, many people will spend the holidays either with family or friends. Moreover, big families may have a variety of dishes available for everyone. Hence, some will enjoy most of the food offered at the table, whereas others may lose control when it comes to portion control.

Firstly, it is important to acknowledge that you do not necessarily have to be strict when it comes to healthy eating during the holidays. More precisely, most people will gather together to have a great time. As mentioned previously, some people may become even more obsessed with food at this particular time of the year.

Next, the definition of ‘food obsession’ can be very paradoxical. Some may be obsessed over food by counting calories over calories because of the fear of gaining weight. On the other hand, others may lose control by consuming larger food portions which can increase their body weight and their health condition could worsen if they have existing health issues. Food obsession can turn into an eating disorder or disordered eating if the habits continue day after day. This may have a negative impact on your overall health.

In conclusion, you can spend some quality times with family and friends during the holidays by enjoying food joyfully. If you feel that food obsession may take over your quality time at this special time of the year, do not hesitate to contact your SNC dietitian for appropriate coping mechanisms for healthy eating and better lifestyle. Enjoy your food with pleasure!

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When Bullying affects children eating habits and lifestyle

In Canada, 47% of parents have reported that their child has been a victim of bullying. One in three adolescent student also reported being bullied.  Statistics have shown that Canada has the 9th highest bullying rate among 13 years old on 35 nations (1). In brief, bullying can have a negative impact on children’s lifestyle, especially when it comes to food and nutrition.

There are many factors making a child victim of bullying such as homophobia, racism, age and gender. Bullying also affects children having food allergies or intolerance. In fact, 15 million of Americans are affected by food allergies making it roughly 2 in every classroom (2). Unfortunately, a child suffering from food allergies and being also victim of bullying may feel pressure to consume an allergen food which in turn can cause an anaphylaxis reaction. As some may know, anaphylaxis reaction can be fatal and even causing death if alternative treatment like epinephrine are not administrated in appropriate timing. Unfortunately, half of the children do not report being bullied. In general, most parents and their children being bullied feel distressed and experience a less better quality of life.

In addition, children being overweight or obese often become victims of bullying. In fact, children feel judged verbally, physically and emotionally due to their size. In consequence, some may prefer eating alone or even develop random eating patterns which can lead to some eating disorders including suicidal thoughts at very young age. As you may notice, it may be overwhelming not only for the child overall lifestyle, but for families as well.

As bullying affects children self esteem, health and psychological status, it is very important to know and understand their personal and community background to establish a better and reasonable nutritional plan to overcome adverse outcomes of bullying. If you are a parent with a child being a victim of bullying, or experience bullying yourself causing eating patterns, do not hesitate to contact your SNC dietitian to discuss your situation for appropriate copying mechanisms regarding food, nutrition and better lifestyle. -SNC-

References:

  1. http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/45838.html
  2. https://www.foodallergy.org/sites/default/files/migrated-files/file/bullying-facts.pdf

 

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Stress and Overeating!

Nowadays, many people consider themselves as ‘stress eaters’. In fact, 3% of Americans are characterized as ‘binge eaters’ (1). Most individuals do face stressful events, but not everyone copes the same way. Some will have a tendency to drink alcohol, smoke, consume drugs or have different habits. In general, people will mainly overeat, especially food high in sugar and/or fat when feeling stressed.

Firstly, it is important to understand the relationship between stress and overeating. Does stress cause someone to overeat? Or does overeating cause someone to feel stressed? To help illustrate this mechanism, some may have a bigger appetite in certain situations which in turn causes overeating or ‘binge eating’ and make them feel more stressed. On the other hand, some may already feel stressed due to certain factors which will then result in ‘binge eating’. In consequence, binge eating can cause an increase in body weight which is related to many health conditions such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and other chronic problems (1). People who binge eat also have a higher risk of suffering from depression and other mental illnesses (1). 

After understanding the relation between stress and overeating, it is crucial to target the triggers that cause someone to overeat. Is it stress itself? Is it personal issues? Is it problems occurring at work? In brief, every individual comes from a different environment and faces different life events that may cause them to overeat.  

In conclusion, there are many factors that can have an influence on overeating. Therefore, it is important to seek health professionals advice focused on that area of practice. A multidisciplinary team composed of a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Registered Dietitian, Psychotherapist, Rehabilitation specialist and Registered Nurse are usually the best advisors to help improve people’s lifestyle if living with an eating disorder or disordered eating. If you feel that you are a overeating when stressed, do not hesitate to contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian and get the help you need to develop healthy eating strategies. Do not forget to enjoy every meal with pleasure and in moderation! -SNC-     

Reference:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27367316

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Iron deficiency anemia on child development

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is the most common nutrient disorder affecting many people worldwide, especially women and children (1,2). Hemoglobin values below 11.0 g/dL in children will lead to IDA (3). Although IDA affects mainly people from developing countries, it is also a major public health issue in industrialized nations. In Canada, 3,5-10% of children suffer from IDA (4).

Firstly, IDA has a negative impact on child development. IDA has been an indicator of Attention deficit and/or hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children (5). Children with ADHD and IDA tend to be more inattentive, hyperactive and also show memorization  difficulty compared to healthy children, especially during schooling. Finally, IDA is also linked with fatigue, feeling cold, hair loss, poor appetite, paleness, impaired behavior and other health conditions (5,6).

Therefore, it is very important to acknowledge the risk factors of IDA in children. Children from mothers with IDA during pregnancy have a higher risk of suffering from IDA during development compared to children from iron sufficient mothers (4). Iron deficiency is also the most common cause of IDA. Canadian Aboriginal children show a higher prevalence of IDA with 14-50% due to high consumption of evaporated milk and cow milk after six months of age, prolonged exclusive breastfeeding and significant load of Helicobacter pylori infection (4). Other groups of Canadian at risk of iron deficiency include children from families with low socioeconomic status, Chinese background, infants with low birth weight and children that have consumed cow’s milk before 12 months of age.  Finally, other risk factors of IDA include vegetarian diets by the family.

To help reduce the negative outcome of IDA seen in children, an adequate dietary iron intake is required to replace the lost of iron, with respect to age and gender, and to compensate for the enhanced demand during development in order to maintain balance.  If your blood values are showing signs of IDA or even low iron, do not hesitate to contact your SNC dietitian and get the help you need to help normalize your iron level and live a better lifestyle. -SNC-

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Iron-deficiency+anemia%3A+reexamining+the+nature+and+magnitude+of+the+public+health+problem.+Summary%3A+implications+for+research+and+programs.+Journal+of+Nutrition.
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Stoltzfus+R.+Defining+iron-deficiency+anemia+in+public+health+terms%3A+a+time+for+reflection
  3. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/5/1040
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Iron+sufficiency+of+Canadians
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Relationship+of+Ferritin+to+Symptom+Ratings+Children+with+Attention+Deficit+Hyperactivity+Disorder%3A+Effect+of+Comorbidity
  6. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/iron-deficiency-anemia/symptoms-causes/dxc-20266514

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Orthorexia for a healthy lifestyle?

Orthorexia is a common eating disorder which is characterized by a fixation or desire to eat ‘ONLY’ healthy food or avoiding an entire food group (1). Now, some may wonder what is the problem with eating healthy food? Actually, the problem goes above eating only healthy food to jeopardizing personal relationships and other dimensions of life.

It is also important to distinguish between healthy eating and orthorexia. People who usually have a healthy eating habit will not be obsessed over food and meal preparation during their entire day, whereas people living with orthorexia will and will also isolated themselves as they think that others do not have a healthy eating habit.

Another important fact about orthorexia is that by limiting certain food groups, you can have a higher risk of suffering from nutritional deficiencies which in turn, can have a negative impact on your overall health. In fact, you do not have to eliminate certain food groups for weight loss or a better lifestyle. However, it is still recommended to choose an overall nutritious food over food with less better quality, although you can still sometimes enjoy your favorite ‘sweets’ or ‘cheat meal’ by not feeling guilty or ashamed afterwards.

If you feel that your eating habits to ONLY eat healthy food occupy your entire thoughts and environment, contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian to help you develop appropriate coping mechanisms against Orthorexia for a better lifestyle. Again, you are not alone! -SNC-

References:

  1. https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/information/orthorexia-excessive-exercise

 

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Interdisciplinary sciences for better health!

In today’s research and clinical practice, it is very well known that the combination of different disciplines by health practitioners helps optimize better patients’ health results. However, many health professionals will still try to improve their clients’ health condition with respect to their area of practice. Indeed, disciplinary sciences are still very common in private practices characterizing one type of service such as psychology, nutrition, kinesiology, audiology and many other health fields.

Interdisciplinary sciences involve the combination of two or more academic disciplines into one activity (1). In other words, the combination of several disciplines will cross the boundaries of what one health professional mainly knows about their own field. Hence, the variety of different tools and information will better help understand client’s health condition. For example, a child struggling with obesity may need; a dietitian to help improve eating habits, a personal trainer for a specific work out plan, and maybe a psychologist to help resolve interpersonal problems in schools. All those different disciplines will help optimize better results and also enrich the quality of life for those in need.

It may be challenging trying to solve some clients’ health condition if we only focus on one area of practice. A client struggeling with their excessive body weight may consult a personal trainer trying to follow an exercise program with the aim of losing weight. However, the goals may be more difficult to achieve if the personal trainer does not realize the external factors (nutrition, interpersonal relationships, work, family, environment) preventing that person from losing weight. 

In fact, referrals by other health professionals must be encouraged to help improve clients’ health condition and quality of life. Furthermore, policymakers should also encourage prevention over intervention between health professionals to improve people’s health condition which in turn, will reduce the risk of numerous chronic conditions such as obesity, cancers, diabetes, heart disorders, osteoporosis and many other health conditions.

It is very important to describe in clarity your health situation to your health professional or advisor, including everything you have tried to achieve your goals. Also, do not hesitate to ask for another health professional’s opinion to better understand the root of your problem. Hence, if you are hesitating between different health practitioners, privilege a team that collaborates and works together for a better lifestyle.

Reference:

  1. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pubmed/28651583

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Is Vegan necessary for weight loss?

Today, many people are wondering if they have to be completely vegetarian to lose weight. To help answer that question, it actually depends on the context including the person’s health. In fact, you do NOT have to be Vegan to lose weight! Vegan diets consist on removing all animal and dairy-animal products from the food list. This can be quite challenging for people who have consumed animal products all their life and willing to start a vegan lifestyle to lose weight.

Indeed, there are some people that would benefit from a vegan diet to help improve their body weight loss such as people living with diabetes (1). Vegan diets also contribute to reduce the body weight in people suffering from obesity and heart conditions (1,2). However, this does not necessarily mean a person suffering from any health related nutritional condition needs to be totally vegan to help reduce their body weight.

A person struggling with just health related nutritional condition can still consume animal products in the diet by making healthier food choices, except if any cases where an allergy reaction occurs. There are also some barriers when consuming a vegan diet such as health concerns resulting in vitamin B12 deficiency and also the enjoyment of eating meat (3,4). Furthermore, Vitamin B12 deficiency is also linked with depression in women (5). Removing all dairy and milk-animal product from your child’s diet may have a negative impact on their growth (6).

In fact, there are a wide variety of meats in the market that are not always the healthiest option such as processed meat (sausages, cold meat, meat burgers, fried meat) or meats from many food chain restaurants (fried or high in fat) since they can be lead to an increase the body weight or because they are linked to chronic diseases such as cancers (7). Hence, Health Canada encourages Canadians to consume more often meat alternatives such as beans, lentils and tofu to help improve their overall health (8).

In summary, there are benefits from eating a vegan diet to help improve weight loss. However, it does not necessarily mean that you have to go fully Vegan or even vegetarian to help improve your body weight and lifestyle. If you feel like you need to make changes in your diet and need some help with weight loss, contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian today and get the help you need for a better lifestyle. Remember, there is no magical diet that will help improve your body weight, but only a balanced and moderated diet! -Enjoy your meals with pleasure everyone-SNC     

Reference:

  1. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pubmed/28630614
  2. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pmc/articles/PMC5466935/
  3. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pmc/articles/PMC5188422/
  4. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pubmed/27871943
  5. http://www.passeportsante.net/fr/Nutrition/Dietes/Fiche.aspx?doc=diete-depression
  6. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pubmed/28592600
  7. http://www.pcrm.org/health/cancer-resources/diet-cancer/facts/meat-consumption-and-cancer-risk
  8. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/canada-food-guide/choosing-foods/meat-alternatives.html

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Cowmilk or Noncow Milk? Which is better for an optimal growth?

In today’s market, two types of milk are mainly available such as cow milk and noncow milk beverages (soy milk, almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk). However, many people are wondering what type of milk should be recommended for an optimal child’s growth: cow milk or noncow milk beverages?

To help answer this very common question: It depends! There are many factors to take into consideration before providing any nutritional advice or recommendations regarding cow milk or noncow milk beverages consumption and child’s growth. Firstly, it is important to understand that noncow milk beverages are lower in protein and fat which are actually critical for children’s growth. Children consuming one glass of noncow milk daily tend to be 0.4 cm shorter than children consuming one glass of cow milk (1). Furthermore, children consuming three glass of noncow milk beverages are 1.5 cm shorter compared to children drinking three glasses of cow milk daily.

Secondly, it is important to know if your child is lactose intolerant. In North America, 79% of Native, 90% of Asians, 75% of African Americans, 51% of Hispanic and 21% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant which side effects include; diarrhea, gas and bloating after dairy or milk consumption (2,3). In fact, dairy products are critical for children’s bone health and also reduce the risks of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and lower blood pressure (2). To help reduce the adverse outcome of lactose intolerance and optimize a better growth, you can simply add LACTAID supplements to your child’s diet which will help absorb and digest the lactose (sugar) from cow milk. Lactaid supplements are available in most stores over the counter.

On the other hand, your child may have an allergy to bovine protein deriving from cow milk. In this case, it would be recommended to provide noncow milk sources such as soymilk to help reduce the impact of bovine protein in their health.

Finally, the human body follows critical periods during development and each one will require specific nutritional guidelines for optimal health. If you think that your child and even you need more information or advice regarding milk consumption, contact your SNC’s Registered Dietitian today and get the help you need for better health! Now, you can mention to your children that two glasses of milk is better than one!

References:

  1. https://www-ncbi-nlm-nih-gov.proxy3.library.mcgill.ca/pubmed/28592600
  2. http://www.lactaid.ca/whos-affected.html
  3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/lactose-intolerance/basics/definition/con-20027906

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When Cooking becomes more Fun!

Cooking can be challenging for big families and even for a single parent living with one child. Hence, not all family members have similar food preferences. Furthermore, some may even change their preferred food choice as time elapses. The person in charge of cooking at home may find it overwhelming, especially if some of the children refuse to eat the family dish.

It is also very common to see many parents giving up after trying to force their child to eat their homemade dishes. In turn, this leads many to order outdoor foods elevated in sugar and fat to please their child which is not always the best option. In Canada, one in three children are suffering from being overweight and obese which is linked to diabetes and other health related nutrition conditions (1).

Now many are wondering how to encourage their children on privileging homemade meals instead of outdoor foods. One of the simplest strategies is to involve children in the kitchen by providing them different tasks. Moreover, it is very important to ask them about their preferred food choices and also according to the day of cooking. By showing children on how to prepare and cook certain meals, this also strengthens the bond and relationship between the parent and child. As mentioned previously, your child may like a specific food today, but their preference may be different another day.

Being that efficient role model as a parent by promoting healthy eating to the entire family increases the chances of your child to develop similar eating habits when entering adulthood. In relation, healthy eating habits optimize a better healthy lifestyle.

In conclusion, the kitchen may look more beautiful and enjoyable by involving children at a younger age to help prepare homemade dishes. Meanwhile, appreciate your food with pleasure by keeping a healthy balanced lifestyle with your entire family! -SNC-

Reference:

  1. http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-003-x/2012003/article/11706-eng.htm

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