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Food: October 2013 Archives

Healthy, nutritious food now served in a Quebec City hospital

Hospitalfoodcbc.jpgEating hospital food has not always meant eating healthy. But, things are changing here in Quebec.

By next March, all hospitals in the province are supposed to meet new Ministry of Health standards for nutritious food. Some hospitals are ahead of the curve in implementing these changes.

One of them is in Quebec City, the Institut Universitaire en santé mentale de Québec - formerly the Robert-Giffard hostpial. France Couture is a nutritionist at the hospital.
She joined us this morning.

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Understanding the links between diet and our genetic makeup

ISNN2013.comEveryone knows a friend who can eat all the chocolate cake he or she wants,
and never seems to gain an ounce. And another who gains weight just by looking in the
cake's general direction. Well what if your genetic makeup actually dictates - in part - how you and that chocolate cake are going to get along? And could our diet have an effect on our genetics?
This week, the Congress of the International Society of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics is being held in Quebec City. Professor Louis Pérusse is the chair of the conference. He's a researcher at Laval University's Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods and he joined us in studio this morning.

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Researchers find link between pesticides and breast cancer

LucGaudreauUofSherbrooke.jpgA team of researchers at the University of Sherbrooke has been studying the effects of different pesticides on the body, and the findings are quite troubling. The group says some of the pesticides used on our fruits and vegetables could be a contributing factor in cases of breast cancer.

Luc Gaudreau holds the Canada Research Chair on mechanisms of gene transcription at the University of Sherbrooke. He led the study and joined us from his home in Sherbrooke.

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