And I’ll bet the sweeps on that! 


Q: With so many varieties of seaweed to choose from, which one should I include in my diet?  Ryo – Osaka, Japan


AB: Sea vegetables, Ryo, are healthy and a great way to add minerals to your diet.  There are a few ways to incorporate these sea vegetables depending on the variety.  Dulse and nori can be eaten right out of the bag with the latter typically used to make sushi.  Kombu can be added to soup stocks, stews and while cooking beans to add flavor and minerals.  Hijiki is a long thread-like variety that can be made into a cold salad.  Seaweed has a distinctive flavor so it may take some time to get use to it.


Q:  If five to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables a day are recommended, how many servings should I consume of each?  Clark – Long Island, New York


AB:   Fruit and vegetables are the cornerstones of any great diet, Clark.  Both have benefits including fibre, antioxidants and a variety of vitamins and minerals.  I like to enjoy the majority of those servings as vegetables.  My favourites include cabbage, broccoli, kale, cauliflower, red peppers, celery and fennel, and mushrooms.  Fruits that top my list are berries, apples, pears and pomegranate.  I prefer to eat at least eight servings of vegetables to two servings of fruit.



Q:  The benefits of red wine are well known.  Are there benefits to consuming white wine?  Elise – Brussels, Belgium


AB:  Red wine gets all the accolades when it comes to health benefits.  This is due to the fact that research has mainly been done on red.  While little information exists on white – it does contain beneficial antioxidant compounds.  Red is known for resveratrol while white has tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol.  All are known to benefit the heart and arteries, Elise.  White wine has also been shown to have some similarity to olive oil in its antioxidant composition.

Q:  On a recent trip to Italy, I was amazed at how outstanding the produce tasted.  How come I can’t get this flavor in the produce from my grocery store?  Mireil – Toronto, Canada

AB:  Typically, the food from your grocery store has had to travel hundreds of miles before it gets to your table.  As a result produce is picked before it is ripe and spends many days on boats and trucks.  I see where you live in Ontario, Mireil.  Buying tomatoes in the winter and expecting them to have flavor is a long shot.  Buying local and in season is the best way to ensure your produce has maximum flavor and nutrients.  Typically, Italians like to eat what’s in season and local, which is the main reason everything always tastes so delicious.





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