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Beets have become a popular food choice and for good reason. Not only can you grow them in your back yard but they are packed with vitamins and minerals and are high in antioxidants like immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, potassium and vitamin B just to name a few!

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Cases of diabetes are on the rise. It’s estimated that 285 million people worldwide have diabetes and that number is expected to grow to 438 million by 2030. Here in Canada, approximately 9 million people are living with diabetes or pre-diabetes, also known as insulin resistance. One of the biggest jumps in new cases is in men.

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There are many forms of cancers – some specific to men and others to women. September brings awareness to one form of cancer specific to women – ovarian cancer. Approximately 2,700 women in Canada are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year, making it the 5th most common cancers for women.

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Kelly Atyeo Guest Author

Kelly Atyeo is a Professional Home Economist with a background in nutrition and nutrition communication. She is Vice President and co-owner of Creative Sampling Solutions Inc., a food marketing company that creates and executes retail programs and consumer shows related to Eating for Wellness. Kelly is also a health writer, nutrition communication consultant, and public speaker. Through her activities she strives to educate people on nutrition and health, while giving people the tools to make healthy foods a part of their lifestyle.

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Sodium is an essential mineral needed by the body for various functions. As an electrolyte, sodium helps to facilitate muscle contraction and to carry impulses throughout the seemingly endless network of nerve cells. Sodium also works closely with potassium to maintain normal fluid, or water, balance in the body. While some sodium is needed for health, getting too much may have negative health consequences.

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Potato, potahto! However you pronounce it, the versatile potato is enjoyed in homes and restaurants all over the world. Whether they are mashed, baked, broiled, scalloped or in a salad they are the perfect pairing to almost any dish especially chicken. 

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Once sold only at butcher shops, you can now purchase organic chicken in most supermarkets. And that’s created a bit of a dilemma in the meat section. Conventionally raised chicken costs less, but is organic chicken more nutritious?

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Eating a healthy protein-rich breakfast can jump-start your brain and help improve your alertness, concentration and focus throughout the morning.  Studies have also shown that a healthy nutritious breakfast can help you feel less hungry during the day and eat fewer calories making it the star meal for anyone watching their weight.

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