Letter: Clean meat-a friendly future for food

Recent breakthroughs in science have allowed for meat to be grown and harvested without an animal, thus allowing for the consumption of meat without the requisite slaughter of animals. This modern breakthrough is called ‘clean meat.’ Clean meat involves the growth of stem cells in an external medium, or bioreactor. The stem cells differentiate and can produce a variety of meats. Clean meat is identical to traditionally-sourced meat, which is primarily composed of 75 per cent water, 20 per cent protein, and five per cent fat. Last year, 56 billion animals were slaughtered for human consumption. In North America and most of the developed world, several animals are primarily used for meat: chicken, cattle, pigs, turkey, duck, lamb, and fish. […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Veganism – it’s not as hard as you think

Like many people, watching What the Health had me suddenly eyeing the food in my fridge with suspicion. Released in March 2017, the pro-vegan documentary directed and produced by Kip Anderson aims to persuade viewers to take up a solely plant-based diet by presenting them with scary statements about the havoc animal products can purportedly wreak on the human body. Among its shocking claims, the documentary states that eating one egg is as bad for your health as smoking five cigarettes per day and that consuming dairy can increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Growing up, my family had largely avoided eating pre-packaged foods in favour of home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients, but we had always eaten animal […]

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Health and Fitness Blog: Fight off the Freshman 15

Everyone at one point in time entering university has probably heard of the infamous “freshman 15,” the so-called 15 pounds first-year students often gain. So how can you—a bright-eyed, bushy-tailed freshman—avoid said 15 pounds? How can you stay healthy throughout the entire school year? It’s actually pretty simple. Eat a well-rounded diet and exercise. Before we get to the tips, let’s address a few things. Being healthy is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise, so believe it or not, but consuming your weight in alcohol and following that with a basket of chicken wings will not be balanced out by a bottle of water and 30 minutes of running the next day. Lastly, slimness isn’t the same […]

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New report explores Canadian drinking habits

The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) recently released a report which explores statistics on deaths and injuries related to alcohol in Canada. The report says about 56,6000 Canadians were hospitalized with a condition entirely caused by alcohol in 2015-16. The report also reveals that high rates of heavy drinking and harm are dependent on a where you live in Canada, your sex, age, and the economic status of your neighbourhood. The CIHI found that Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories have the highest rates of alcohol sales and heavy drinking. Provinces in the west also have higher hospitalization rates from alcohol than the east, while all three territories (Nunavut, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories), have […]

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Letter: A scale is a useful fitness tool

The weight scale was removed from Carleton’s gym this past week. This was a bad solution for the very real problem of body image disorders. As a fitness professional in the industry for many years, I want to help take apart and examine the issues for you. Body image issues and the associated disorders are a real source of mental and physical health problems for millions of Canadians, and many of our fellow Carleton students. It is an issue that requires immense sensitivity and care, and health and fitness professionals, including the ones at Carleton Athletics, need to be able to address it properly. Body dysmorphic disorders can come with a range of behavioural issues, including: over-eating or under-eating, obsessive […]

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