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It seems that those who eat at fast food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes
By Patrick Luciani Senior Fellow Atlantic Institute for Market Studies
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HALIFAX, N.S. / Troy Media/ - Last month, after Ontario mandated calorie counting on restaurant menus, Freshii Inc., the Toronto-based salads-soups-and-wraps healthy-eating chain, balked. The chain's motto is "count nutrients, not calories." But the calorie police moved in and forced the company to post the calorie counts on boards and menus.
In the end, Freshii fell to the forces of junk science. The company's motto has the science just right.
In 2008 the Harvard University Dining Services posted calorie and nutrition information for all it cafeteria food items hoping to better get students to eat better. A year later they abandoned the entire program. Why? It seemed students were going for low calorie foods and not getting the nutrition they needed, especially kids with eating disorders.
A recent study in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, women suffering from anorexia and bulimia tended to eat less when calorie labels were available and those suffering from binge eating tended to eat more.
Nonetheless, Ontario's Ministry of Health is now laying down the law on legislation passed last year that forces restaurants with more than 20 outlets in the province - mostly fast food places such as McDonalds and Kentucky Fried Chicken but plenty of other lesser brands- to post calorie labels on all food items.
The Ontario government seems completely oblivious to research in the United States - where labelling laws have been in operation since the early 1990s - which shows that the policy doesn't work in getting people to eat healthy, lose weight or bring down obesity levels.
In a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the authors monitored food purchases at a fast-food chain in King County, Washington, and found the total number sales and the average calories per order was the same with or without food labelling.
Even the lead author of the study, Eric Finkelstein at Duke University - who has written extensively on the economics of food policy - was surprised by the results. He concludes that people's eating behaviour does not change by labelling foods with nutrient contents or calories.
It seems that those who eat at fast food restaurants know what they want, healthy or not, and nothing will change that other than higher taxes.
There is also a class and income angle to the science. Lower-income consumers tend to ignore labelling much more than those who earn more. Healthy eaters who are richer tend to read nutrition labels while poorer unhealthy eaters don't. The very people whose behaviour the legislation is geared to influence seem immune to the labelling laws, making calorie counting a waste of time and money.
But it doesn't end there. We also know that there is no correlation between healthy foods and calorie levels. Nuts and seeds, for example, are heavy in calories but packed with nutrients making them a staple of any healthy diet; the same with unsaturated oils such as virgin olive oil and avocados; all high in calories and all recommended as healthy foods.
One would also expect the science of food calorie measurement to be highly accurate, but it isn't. It seems that the values reported on food labels don't capture the costs of digestion that are lower for processed foods. The method used to measure caloric content is something called the Atwater system, developed in the 19th century.
By burning samples of food one can measure the number of calories by the heat released. This is how food manufactures measure calorie content. But our digestive systems use foods differently even though two foods may have the same number of calories. According to this method a 28 gram serving of almonds has about 170 calories but the real energy content is around 129 calories, considerably less than labelled. Nutrition scientist Rachel Carmody from Harvard reported calorie differences could be as high as 50 percent. In other words, calorie labelling is a very crude way to measure how our bodies use the energy released in foods, making government labelling all but useless. More information isn't always better information.
This is one area where health public policy is far behind the science of nutrition and behavioural economics. If governments try to improve our eating habits and reduce weight, this isn't the scientific way to do it.
Patrick Luciani is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS.ca).
TORONTO, Ont. (June 7, 2017) —
Garden Days is Canada’s fun-filled celebration of our National
Garden Day, Friday, June 16th, held annually on the Friday before
In response to popular demand, Garden Dayshas grown from a 3-day, to a ten-day event. This year’s dates are June 9 to
The Garden Days program of activities and
events is an opportunity for all Canadians to get outside to enjoy their own
garden, visit or take part in their favourite garden experience, get inspired at
their local garden centre or travel to a nearby destination to enjoy their
favourite public garden.
National Launch event
launch of Garden Days will take place on Friday, June 9th at the
Global Centre for Pluralism’s new garden in Ottawa. This event will also be the
opening day of Ottawa/Gatineau’s newest garden attraction – The Garden Promenade
– connecting and collectively promoting 40 gardens and over 70 different garden
experiences, the Global Centre for Pluralism’s new garden being one of
Garden Days activities across the country
hundreds of fun activities planned from one end of the country to the other all
celebrating the role of gardens in our communities and our lives. To find an
activity near you, visit http://gardendays.ca/
time to register your activities
All Canadian gardens, garden and
horticultural organizations, schools, communities and garden-related businesses
(e.g. garden centres) are invited to organize activities or events to celebrate
public gardens and home gardening and register them, at no cost, on the
Garden Days website. It’s as simple as visiting http://gardendays.ca/ <http://gardendays.ca/> and clicking on the
The objective of Garden Days is to draw
attention to Canada’s garden culture, history and innovations and to underscore
the importance of public and private gardens, the values of home gardening and
the promotion of environmental stewardship.
Above all, the aim of this
program is to have some great outdoor fun and celebrate the role of gardens and
gardening in our communities and our lives.
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Garden Days is organized
by the Canadian Garden Council with the support of Canadian Nursery Landscape
Association, Landscape Ontario, Communities in Bloom, Québec Gardens
Association, Gardens BC, Ontario Garden Council, Compost Council of Canada,
ParticipACTION, Nutrients for Life, Agriculture in the Classroom and Leisure
Information Network. Garden Days is sponsored by Scotts.
Garden Days’ social media accounts for the latest news and
Appetizer Semi-Finalists Announced In The 2017
Eggland's Best "Foodtography" Contest
CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., June, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eggland's Best (EB) is
announce the top five Appetizer semi-finalist photos in the 2017
Eggland's Best "Foodtography"
Contest. From unique takes on deviled eggs to
savory and veggie-inspired dishes, the
semi-finalist photos represent the most
passionate EB fans who also happen to have
an eye for taking beautiful photos of
their delicious and healthy EB dishes.
"To celebrate 25 years of providing the only egg that provides better taste,
better freshness and better variety, we asked our loyal fans
to submit mouthwatering photos
of their favorite EB dishes," said Charlie
Lanktree, President and CEO of Eggland's Best.
"We were extremely impressed
with how the semi-finalists were able to take ordinary
appetizers and create
nutritionally superior and delicious dishes using Eggland's Best eggs.
this will inspire others to create and share their own nutritious Eggland's Best
From now through June 18th, EB is calling on fans to vote for
their favorite Appetizer
category photo to help determine which of the
semi-finalists will move on to the finalist
round for a chance to compete for
the Grand Prize. Last month, the Breakfast/Brunch
category semi-finalists were
announced and voted on, and later fans will have the
opportunity to also vote
on semi-finalists in the Main Course and Dessert categories.
Nanette O., Utah –
Roasted Vegetables and Egg Pastries
Jessica S., New
Jersey – Steak & Egg Land Deviled Eggs
Shauna H., Utah –
Savory Chicken Baklava
Pennsylvania – Crispy Coconut Curried Devils
Cheryl H., Ohio –
Salmon & Cheddar Croquettes
Once finalists from each category are selected and announced, fans will once
have the chance to vote for the ultimate Eggland's Best Foodtographer!
Grand Prize winner will be awarded $5,000 and a year's supply of EB eggs,
and finalists will receive $1,000.
"Traditional party appetizers can sometimes be lacking in nutrition, which is
case for the mouthwatering semi-finalist appetizer dishes submitted in
Eggland's Best Foodtography Contest," said Registered Dietitian and
Dawn Jackson Blatner. "Using a better egg like Eggland's Best adds
nutrition and taste to any dish, which is why they are the only eggs I
to my clients and serve to my family."
Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs contain six times more vitamin D, 25
less saturated fat, more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more
vitamin E and
more than double the vitamin B12. EB eggs are also an excellent
source of vitamin B2
(Riboflavin) and vitamin B5. EB's superior nutritional
profile is due to its proprietary
all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy
grains, canola oil and a wholesome
supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp
and Vitamin E. In addition, independent
testing has revealed that Eggland's
Best eggs have stronger shells than ordinary eggs,
which leads to less breakage
and helps them stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.
For Official Rules and to cast your vote, visit www.egglandsbest.com/foodtography. About Eggland's Best Eggs
Eggland's Best (EB) is the No. 1 branded egg in the U.S. and is an excellent
vitamins D, B12, E, B5 and Riboflavin. EB eggs have six times more
vitamin D, more
than double the omega-3, 10 times more vitamin E and 25 percent
less saturated fat
than ordinary eggs. Independent testing has also confirmed
that Eggland's Best eggs
stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.
The distinctive "EB" stamp on the shell assures consumers and food service
that the eggs meet the highest production and safety standards.
Eggland's Best was voted
"America's Most Trusted Egg Brand" by American shoppers
in the BrandSpark
Most Trusted Awards, "America's Most Recommended™ Eggs" by
women in the
Women's Choice Awards, and has received numerous awards from
Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Taste of Home, Women's Health,
and many others.
Eggland's Best was also awarded "Product of the Year" in the egg category by
Product of the Year USA. Eggland's Best's hens are fed a strictly controlled,
proprietary, high-quality all-vegetarian diet, which results in a better
more nutritious egg that stays fresher longer. EB eggs are available in
extra-large, jumbo, cage free, organic, hard-cooked, cage free
iquid egg whites, and are certified Kosher. For more information,
PHOENIX, June 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Café Valley Bakery, a leading bakery
product producer, is
partnering with a legendary soda brand to expand its existing
soda cake lineup
with a Dr Pepper™ Cake. The new cake will join an array of
soda cakes including
7UP®, Orange Crush®, and A&W Root Beer™, and will
be unveiled at the
upcoming International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA)
Anaheim, Calif., June 2 – 6 at booth 3901. The new flavor will be
grocers nationwide in June with a suggested retail price of $5.99 per
Made with real Dr Pepper, the soda cake is exploding with the spicy taste
the popular soft drink made from a unique blend of 23 flavors.
"Our partnership with Dr Pepper will guarantee consumers the real, genuine
soda taste, just as delicious as our other fun soda cake flavors," said Brian
chief executive officer of Café Valley. "This cake features premium
and the high-quality taste our customers have come to expect. We
to bringing the latest delightful flavor and enjoyable experience
home to your family."
In addition to releasing the latest cake to their soda cake line at the
show, new coffee cake bites will also be revealed. Ideal for
the coffee cake bites will be available in Triple Chocolate,
Real Lemon and Wild Blueberry. The bites will be available at
IDDBA for a suggested retail price of $3.99 per twelve-pack.
Café Valley will
also introduce delicious, thaw and sell, coffeehouse quality
that will be available following the IDDBA at retailers for
a suggested retail price
of $3.99 per four-pack.
These new product launches represent a response to growing demand for
Valley's signature, ready-to-eat products and the increased interest
diverse variety of uniquely flavored baked goods. About Café Valley Bakery Since 1987, Café Valley Bakery has
been producing high-quality bakery
products for in-store bakeries, club stores,
food service and convenience
stores throughout the world. Through innovative
bakery techniques and
unique recipes, Café Valley produces the most delectable
muffins, Bundt cakes, ring cakes, loaf cakes, Danishes and
their signature Café Bites. Café Valley's delicious baked goods
to complement every bakery's existing core items and add new
profitability and growth to the bakery category. For further
Café Valley Bakery, please visit www.cafevalley.com.
About Dr PepperDr Pepper, a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group
(NYSE: DPS), is the
oldest major soft drink in the United States. Since 1885,
the 23 flavors of
Dr Pepper have earned legions of fans that enjoy its unique,
The brand is available in Regular, Low Calorie, Diet, Caffeine
Free and Cherry
varieties. DPS is a leading producer of flavored beverages,
Dr Pepper and 50-plus other beverage brands across North America and
the Caribbean. For more information, visit DrPepper.com or DrPepperSnapple.com.
For the brand's latest news and updates, follow Dr Pepper at
Facebook.com/DrPepper or Twitter.com/DrPepper.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Toronto Opens New Attraction – Ninjago City Adventure
TORONTO, Ont. (June,
Get ready to put your ninja skills to the ultimate test in the all-new LEGO®
Ninjago City Adventure, which opened June 2 at LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Toronto. The over $750,000, 2,300-square-foot interactive play area is the
Centre’s 5th interactive experience added since opening four years
Modeled after the Temple
of Airjitzu, the two-story play structure puts guests’ physical skills to the
test as they fight to save Ninjago City. Together, adults and children
will test their balance, agility, strength and endurance to become a Spinjitzu
Master, all while experiencing more than 20 interactive
Guests of ALL
ages can join Sensei Wu and practice ninja moves in the Dojo training room by
testing hand-eye coordination on the color crush reflex reaction game. Moving on
to the temple, ninjas-in-training engage in several obstacle course challenges
inspired by their favorite Ninjago characters Kai, Jay, Cole, Lloyd, Zane and
There are tons
of interactive activities including navigating a vortex spinning barrel,
mastering the art of Spinjitzu on the spiral slide of lights, harnessing the
power of the water on wave decks, crawling through hover rings and lightning
buzzer bars, taking on a crisscross maze and vertical rope climb, testing LEGO®
building skills and more.
·It’s taken approximately 7,000 hours to build Ninjago City
·More than 110,000 LEGO® bricks were used to create the
three showcase models: Sensei Wu, Jay and Nya
·The three Ninjago models were built in Kladno, in the Czech
Republic, by LEGO Production s.r.o. Built by LEGO® model
·There are over 20 interactives for kids, including a Ninjago
model build table, reaction game, endless pit, spinning barrel, Pogo power and
·There is a special Toddler Area that features a Spin Cup (spin
like a Spinjitzu Master), Toddler Climber (develop your perceptions and quick
Ninja reflexes) and Drum Panel (play with elemental sounds and
·Ninjago City Adventure was constructed by Soft Play from North
Carolina, one of the largest manufacturers in the world
“We’re excited to provide
our guests with an amazing, new interactive play area, LEGO® Ninjago City
Adventure, which immerses guests into the world of the popular LEGO® Ninjago
building sets,” says Rene Gurtner, General Manager, LEGOLAND® Discovery
Centre Toronto. “This incredibly fun, tremendous play area is going to provide
our guests with an entirely new world in which to create, explore and play for
hours in a safe and structured environment.”
To celebrate the opening
of Ninjago City Adventure, LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Toronto will take $5 off a
regular-priced admission ticket for any child who wears his or her martial arts
uniform in the month of June.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
is the ultimate indoor LEGO playground featuring more than 3 million LEGO®
bricks, geared towards families with children aged 3-10. Its range of
educational and interactive attractions include hands-on play areas, a 4D
cinema, the Master Builder Academy, two LEGO® amusement rides, special party
rooms and MINILAND — the venue’s signature re-creation of landmark locations and
buildings throughout Toronto, made entirely out of more than 1 million LEGO®
bricks. Advance tickets and annual passes to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre are
LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre
Toronto is located at Vaughan Mills, 1 Bass Pro Mills Drive in Vaughan, Ontario.
Discovery Centre Toronto is a heavily LEGO® themed indoor attraction that
appeals to a child’s fascination with the timeless LEGO® product, taking them
into a world of endless possibilities!
gives children and their families the opportunity to play together in a LEGO®
world. Imagination comes to life with zones dedicated to the most popular LEGO®
product ranges, LEGO® themed rides, 4D movie experiences, a unique MINILAND
installation of the City of Toronto and surrounding areas and a chance to meet
our LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Master Model Builder – Noel. Adults must be
accompanied by children to enter.
About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a
privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and
main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK, Shanghai, China, and Singapore.
Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it
is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the
company spirit: "Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the
development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow
through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be
virtually explored at www.LEGO.com. For more news from the
LEGO Group, information about our financial performance and responsibility
engagement, please visit http://www.LEGO.com/aboutus.
Merlin Entertainments plc
is a global leader in location based, family entertainment. As Europe's Number 1
and the world's second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates
over 100 attractions, 13 hotels and 5 holiday villages in 24 countries and
across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable experiences to more
than 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands,
and the commitment and passion of its approximately 27,000 employees (peak
season). Visit www.merlinentertainments.biz for more
ORRVILLE, Ohio, May 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Just ahead of the busy summer
updated its full sandwich line by replacing high
fructose corn syrup with sugar
while maintaining the delicious taste families love.
The reformulated Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches have also been
non-GMO and NSF Non-GMO True North™ by NSF International. NSF
International provides third-party certification for non-GMO products.
"While the immense popularity of Smucker's Uncrustables has led to
we continually review our products and ingredients to make sure
they meet the
evolving preferences of our consumers," said Maribeth Burns, vice
corporate communications at The J.M. Smucker Company. "As more and
families enjoy Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches as a snack or a
meal, it is
important we maintain the superior quality and ingredients consumers
to expect and the taste they have come to love."
This announcement comes on the heels of plans to build an additional Smucker's Uncrustables manufacturing facility in Longmont, Colorado.
new facility will help meet growing demand for Smucker's Uncrustables,
which has grown from approximately $10 million in annual sales in 2000 to
million business today. The new Longmont facility will complement
Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches manufacturing facility
Kentucky, which will continue to produce up to two million sandwiches per day.
The reformulated Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches will begin to
in frozen aisles of retailers nationwide this summer. They can be easily
identified by new product packaging that features no high fructose corn syrup,
while continuing to show important features like protein content, flavor
and sandwich count. Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches are delicious pre-made frozen peanut
butter and jelly sandwiches that consumers simply thaw and serve. With a
of sweet and fruit spreads and whole wheat and reduced-sugar options,
handheld sandwiches make perfect on-the-go snacks or meals. Smucker's Uncrustables sandwiches come in a variety of flavors
peanut butter and grape jelly, peanut butter and strawberry jam,
and honey spread, and chocolate flavored hazelnut spread.
To learn more about Smucker's Uncrustables and where to find them,
please visit http://www.smuckersuncrustables.com/, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. About The J.M. Smucker CompanyFor 120 years, The J.M. Smucker
Company has been committed to offering consumers
quality products that bring
families together to share memorable meals and moments.
Today, Smucker is a
leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and
beverage products and pet
food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods
and beverages, its
brands include Smucker's®, Folgers®,
Jif®, Dunkin' Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen
Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café
Bustelo®, Martha White®,
truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin
and Bick's®. In pet food and pet snacks,
its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles 'n
Bits®, Natural Balance®, and
Company remains rooted in the Basic
Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence
established by its founder and namesake more
than a century ago. For more
information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.
The J.M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein,
except for the following, which are used under license:
Pillsbury® is a trademark
of The Pillsbury Company, LLC and
Dunkin' Donuts®is a registered trademark
of DD IP Holder
LLC. Dunkin' Donuts®brand is licensed to The J.M. Smucker
Company for packaged
coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery
stores, mass merchandisers,
club stores, and drug stores. This information does
not pertain to Dunkin' Donuts®
coffee or other products for
sale in Dunkin' Donuts® restaurants.