The Dairy Aisle Wars: Episode 2, The Almond Account

As discussed in the first of this series, "milk" from plant sources is so only in spirit. Having said that, almond milk is a popular alternative to cows milk. Essentially, it is produced by blending almonds with water followed by straining it remove the solid bits, creating a creamy, nutty liquid. The popularity of almond … Continue reading The Dairy Aisle Wars: Episode 2, The Almond Account

The Dairy Aisle Wars: Episode 1, The Soy Story

As a young child, I remember taking walking trips with my mother, from home to the dairy. At the time, raising cows was permitted within city limits. We would take our empty can and hand it to the milkman. Soon enough, the can was handed back to my mom filled with warm, frothy milk that we … Continue reading The Dairy Aisle Wars: Episode 1, The Soy Story

Kid-proof ideas for Picky Eaters

Many parents will identify with this: "My baby used to be hungry all the time before she turned two but now she does not want to eat anything!" It is completely normal for a toddler to be a picky eater. The fastest rate of weight gain occurs in the first 6 months of life (5-7 ounces … Continue reading Kid-proof ideas for Picky Eaters

Diagnosing Food Allergies in Kids

It is not uncommon for me to get this question from parents in my practice, " Can you order a test to find out what my child is allergic to?" The answer is yes and no. Before we initiate any test for food allergies, we need to ask ourselves if we have a suspicion that the … Continue reading Diagnosing Food Allergies in Kids

Dietary supplements: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Someone we love dearly recently underwent cardiac angiography which revealed a significant blockage to a major coronary artery. The cardiologist explained to him that the blockage was due to calcium deposits which likely happened due to the fact that he was taking OTC calcium supplementation. This prompted me to do a literature search on the … Continue reading Dietary supplements: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

The Bitter Truth About Sugar: 7 Things to Consider

India has long been called the "Spice Bowl of the World". Did you know India, also gave us the technology to extract sugar from sugarcane?  As early as 350CE, during the Gupta dynasty, Indians learnt how to crystallize sugar. From India, it spread to China, Persia and the Middle East. Sugar was brought to Europe by the Crusaders.  When … Continue reading The Bitter Truth About Sugar: 7 Things to Consider