You Are What You Ate



Q:  Greek yogurt seems to be taking over the dairy aisle.  Why is there such hype around this type of yogurt?  Analise – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island   


AB:  Greek yogurt has been around forever but it has been skyrocketing in popularity. Analise, typically, Greek yogurt is thick and luscious and made this way by straining most of the liquid away.  Traditionally, it is higher in protein and fat than other types of yogurt.  Recently, the yogurt producers have found a way to create the same luscious product while reducing the fat content to zero and keeping the higher protein, hence the draw.  While plain Greek yogurt may pack a higher nutritional punch, beware of flavored products that can be extremely high in added sugars.



Q:  Over the past 10 years there has been a debate on wild vs. farmed salmon.  Is one really better than the other?  Vicenç – Andorra la Vella


AB: Unequivocally – consuming sustainable wild or organic farmed salmon is the better choice.  Farmed salmon (often sold as Atlantic) is fed an unnatural diet of genetically modified corn and soy, resulting in lower omega 3 content.  Farmers must also use fungicides in the water due to the conditions caused by overcrowding.  Vicenç, wild salmon consumed one to two times per week can help reduce inflammation, increase concentration and learning performance, improve sleep patterns, and improve overall cardiovascular health.



Q:  I often hear the terms sweet potato and yam used interchangeably.  Are they indeed one vegetable or is there a difference?  Fenton – Portland Oregon

AB: They are in fact completely different vegetables and come from different plant families, Fenton.  Sweet potatoes are more commonly used in North America; they have a thin orange/brown skin and orange flesh.  Yams are used more widely in Africa and Asia, have a thicker yellow, brown or purple skin and can have a white or yellow flesh.  Sweet potatoes are sweeter and less starchy than yams.

Q:  I live a stressful lifestyle, always on the run.  Can you tell me if there are certain foods that help the body and mind cope with high stress levels?  Delphine – Nassau


A:  Yes, without a doubt the food you eat can affect your stress level.  First and foremost, Delphine, you need to ensure that you are eating regularly, ensuring your blood sugar levels do not plummet and cause you to become what I like to call “hangry”.  Ensure you consume foods with B vitamins and essential fatty acids, both of which help to regulate stress levels.  Finally, carry a dark chocolate bar around with you (70%+), not only does it contain compounds that boost our happy thoughts, the magnesium helps to reduce tension in the body! 



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