Khalil Akhtar

Food Columnist

Khalil Akhtar is a syndicated food columnist for CBC Radio. He takes a weekly look at some of the surprising aspects of your daily diet. Khalil is based in Victoria, B.C.

Latest from Khalil Akhtar

Chocolate milk has become an udderly divisive issue

Chocolate milk has become politicized in recent months with the discussion around chocolate milk restrictions in schools. And one expert argues the polarized debate might be harming public health advocacy.

Orange you glad you can get mandarins year-round?

It wasn't so long ago that oranges were an exotic luxury food for people in Canada. Mandarin oranges have since become such a staple in the citrus industry, they're eclipsing traditional varieties.

'Clean label' joins 'all natural' and 'artisanal' as the next big food marketing claim

Terms like "all natural" or "artisanal" are often used on food packages but can be confusing for consumers. Now, new phrases like "clean" or "clean label" are trending in food marketing, but what it means isn't so clean cut.
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Unique salmon run on Vancouver Island gets a helping hand

One of B.C.'s most unique and labour-intensive salmon runs in Mill Bay involves moving thousands of fish upstream by hand, one by one.

Grocery store apples now have their own trademark management companies

The apple industry, like most industries, is changing and producers are trademarking newer varieties as brands, which means prospective growers have to be licensed to sell them and pay royalties on sales.

A spooky statistic: most edible pumpkins end up in the trash

More than 2,500 farms in Canada produce 80 thousand metric tonnes of pumpkins each year, with about two-thirds sold fresh to customers. The vast majority isn’t used for food, but for Halloween decorations.

Snack options on the rise for pot users with the munchies

With cannabis legalization weeks away in Canada, it's not just marijuana producers hoping to cash in. Snack-food companies are also looking for ways to sell products to cannabis users.

Climate change wreaks havoc on Belgian beer

One of the oldest styles of Belgian beer could soon change due to rising temperatures caused by climate change.

Why grow food when you can grow weed? Farmers face a difficult choice as legalization looms

As Canadians prepare for legal recreational cannabis, farmers are facing a difficult choice: whether they should use their land to grow cannabis or food.

You're probably eating worms and don't even realize it

Wormy fish may not sound appetizing, but parasitic worms in fish are far more common than you might think.

Would you eat lab-grown fish? You might soon be able to

Is 'lab-grown' meat ready for the mainstream? The FDA in the United States is trying to figure that out.

From recipes to think-piece: how food media is finding its political voice

In the era of Donald Trump, it appears to be increasingly difficult to stay apolitical — even in the kitchen.

Royal speculation on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding menu

Local and seasonal products have become a hallmark of royal feasts in recent years. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle get married this weekend, Britain's spring produce will be on full display on the menus.

Water down your whisky for better flavour: scientists

On the rocks, neat or with water? Ask whisky fans and you’ll find it’s a contentious topic. However, Swedish scientists say mixing your scotch with water is the best way to maximize its flavour.

Hard nut to crack: The quest to make Nutella a bit more Canadian

Ontario farmers are getting in on the hazelnut business thanks to Nutella.