For the Record – Fad Diets and Proper Nutrition

Nick Empey – October 30, 2019

Although dairy is no longer a notable name on the Canadian food guide, it is still just as important

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With Vancouver being a cultural epicentre of food in BC, many interesting trends and fads come out of here. Although many of them do benefit certain aspects of our health, there are often drawbacks to partaking in these dietary restrictions or limitations. These diets can pose even bigger risks if not taken for an extended period of time. As Liz Powell, registered dietitian and owner of Yaletown Nutrition explains, testing out a diet can put stress on the body.

“When someone is thinking about starting a fad diet, the first thing that’s important to ask yourself is why are you wanting to make this change and always be sure to ask yourself if this is something that is going to be sustainable. If you’re doing something that is only going to last two or three months, then the results that you’re going to get from that are also going to be short term, and will likely put stress on the body and potentially affect your long term health” -Liz Powell, Registered Dietitian and Owner of Yaletown Nutrition

Powell suggests taking extra care to research and make sure a diet is right for you before jumping into a new trend. She also says that completely abstaining from your favourite treats is also an unhealthy way of eating (woohoo!)

What is Vancouver lacking?

Powell emphasized one of the main nutritional problems that accompanies Vancouver living is lacking vitamin D. The vitamin our skin produces when it sees sun. Which means for 9 months of the year, Vancouverites are usually lacking in that category. Powell suggests that taking vitamin D supplements would greatly benefit many of us because it is difficult to find within typical food sources.

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