Product Reviews

Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts

Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts

Hemp hearts have received a lot of attention over the years as a plant based source of protein, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. What is hemp? Hemp is actually a plant. It’s used to make clothing, textiles and food. It is not marijuana which comes from a different variant known for its psychoactive properties. Hemp(…)

City Snacks – freeze dried fruit

City Snacks – freeze dried fruit

A Confessions of a Dietitian member brought this product to my attention. She loves snacking on fruit and saw City Snacks freeze dried fruit at her local grocery store. Unlike conventional dried fruit that uses heat to remove moisture, freeze drying removes moisture under pressure which results in a very different texture – one that is more(…)

Catelli Gluten Free Pasta

Catelli Gluten Free Pasta

Remember when you had to go to specialty food shops to find gluten free pasta? With more and more people having gluten sensitivity, gluten free products have now hit the mainstream. There are more gluten free products available in major grocery stores than every before – including gluten free pasta. There are many different types(…)

Clover Leaf Tuna Salad Kits

Clover Leaf Tuna Salad Kits

You may have noticed the variety of canned tuna products that are now available in grocery stores but have you ever tried Clover Leaf tuna salad kits? As dietitians, we are always trying to encourage people to eat fish twice a week according to Health Canada guidelines. However, I know that people can be intimidated(…)

Red palm oil

Red palm oil

Ever since red palm oil made it’s way onto the Dr. Oz show, dietitians have been fielding questions about it ever since. It’s still a fairly new product so you may not have seen it around that much but it could become as popular as coconut oil. Red palm oil is different from palm oil(…)

Chia seeds

Chia seeds

Ch-ch-ch-chia! Do you remember those Chia Pet commercials that aired in the 80’s where these cute little plant holders would grow sprouts that looked like hair? Well, the seeds that were used are what you see in many health food stores today – chia seeds. In addition to making a cute potted plant, chia seeds(…)

What is red palm oil?

What is red palm oil?

Just when I thought that the whole coconut oil frenzy had finally died down, turns out there is a new “miracle oil” on the block – red palm oil. This was bought to my attention the other day when a dietitian I work with received a question from one of her clients saying that she(…)

Calorie-reduced margarines with plants sterols: Do they taste any good?

This is a relatively new product out in the margarine market – Becel pro-activ. It’s a calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols. So for people who are really health conscious, why not take the margarine instead of butter replacement one step further to calorie-reduced margarine with added plant sterols? The big question, however, is how does(…)

Peanut butter versus sunflower butter: Can you tell the difference?

Peanut butter versus sunflower butter: Can you tell the difference?

This was one of the first taste tests I did in the office. I received a couple packages of sunflower butter (SunButter) from a conference that I went to. I brought them back and had a peanut butter versus sunflower butter taste test. I took both the sunflower butter and the peanut butter and spread(…)