Connect with us

Food & Drink

Natural Health Supplements: Do they enrich our health or endanger our wellness?

Published

on

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″ admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Have you recently purchased dietary supplements such as vitamins, minerals or nutritional or herbal supplements? Many of us with common problems like hair loss, skin wrinkles, irritable bowel, weight management or stress relief have reached for some of these over the counter natural health products. Or at least we know a friend who may be a proponent of these products.  According to the Health Canada website 71% of Canadians have used natural health products.

What are Natural Health Products?

Natural health products (NHPs) include vitamins and minerals, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicines, traditional medicines such as traditional Chinese medicines, probiotics, other products like amino acids and essential fatty acids as defined under the Natural Health Products regulations by Health Canada.  They typically have fewer side effects than prescription drugs and often emphasize prevention rather than cure.

In recent times there has been a growing demand for holistic health, nutrition and natural treatments. People have diverging perspectives underlying this growing health awareness in the multicultural melting pot that is Surrey. In some communities, historically developed traditional treatments and ancient herbal remedies have been part and parcel of the diet and lifestyle since centuries.

Currently along with the growing popularity of vitamins and minerals, herbs such as Indian neem, turmeric, Korean or Chinese root ginseng, kampo herbal medicines from Japan, the south American acai berry and other plant based dietary supplements are catching on within other local communities too.

But skeptics still question whether all of these really work and are they really safe?  Research has occasionally reported contrary conclusions.

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image admin_label=”Image” src=”https://24o4jw8cb0e2pym4i236aag1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/natural-focus-2.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”off” url_new_window=”off” use_overlay=”off” animation=”off” sticky=”off” align=”center” force_fullwidth=”off” always_center_on_mobile=”on” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid” /][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row admin_label=”Row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”justified” use_border_color=”off” border_color=”#ffffff” border_style=”solid”]

Word from the Surrey street:

Fleetwood resident Inderpreet Kaur shares some of her positive experiences using natural health products, “My whole family has traditionally always relied on aayurvedic and herbal supplements. I find them effective for skin related problems and also general wellness. Indeed I know some people also lean towards these supplements and vitamins for minor ailments such as vitamin C for a viral cold or a natural laxative for a prolonged tummy upset which would not necessarily warrant a prescription drug from a doctor. “

“Our natural health products such as aloe vera, moringa, ashwagandha can be seen more as food than as medicine” explains Mr. Aggarwal from Shubh Organic Health Foods & Supplements a popular health food store in Newton. He stresses that his recommendations to customers initially focus on their own dietary improvements and lifestyle changes. “Beyond that however customers can opt for these plant based supplements to improve the immune system of the body, reduce stress and to develop overall good health and wellbeing. “

According to Health Canada  natural health products are generally safe but not risk free. Risks include contamination, unproven claims, incorrect dosage, unwanted allergic reactions etc. as also reported in independent studies.

Regulation and testing of Natural Health Products:

As per current Natural Health Products Regulations, to be legally sold in Canada, all natural health products must have a product licence, and the Canadian sites that manufacture, package, label and import these products must have site licences. Their health claims must be supported by proper evidence so that consumers and Health Canada know the products are indeed safe and effective. Evidence may include clinical trial data or references to published studies, journals, pharmacopoeias and traditional resources. These regulations are viewed as less stringent compared to drug manufacturers that must submit results of clinical trials and also pay more to get their products assessed. This is perceived as a two tier system that is limiting the ability of Health Canada to ensure the safety and efficacy of NHPs.

A major overhaul is currently proposed to these regulations. As reported by mainstream media, under the proposed new system Health Canada would bring natural health products, over-the-counter drugs and cosmetics under one set of rules and regulate them based on the potential health risks they pose. Higher-risk natural products would require a full government review of science-based evidence before a product can be sold or health claims are approved. Lower-risk products could include vitamins, toothpaste and homeopathic products. These would not be reviewed by Health Canada and could not make any specific disease treatment or prevention claims on product labels.

Have your say:

Local suppliers of NHPs are concerned as in some cases customers may be deprived of relevant information regarding a supplement due to lack of sufficient funds to clinically test these time tested traditional remedies. The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) have expressed their disagreement with this proposed regulation on their website stating that the increased costs in providing the drug-level evidence required are not justified and may not be affordable driving some products and companies out of the market. Canada’s natural health products industry is valued at $3-billion, according to the CHFA. They have invited consumers and other industry stakeholders to join their consultation and have your say!

Some customers may prefer the new regulations or they may find a more balanced way to use natural products based on what they learn in this consultation. On the other hand in many cultures the philosophy of well-being is ingrained in the foundation of treating both body and mind. In order to receive a holistic natural treatment patients are expected to change their diet, lifestyle and even mindset.” Is the ‘western scientific methodology of time bound controlled clinical trials really adequate or appropriate for testing a complete other philosophy?” asks Inderpreet Kaur.

Healthlink BC also offers some useful resources on how to use natural supplements not as replacement to drugs but as part of ‘complementary solutions’ to stay healthy and safe!

[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]

Asmita has been blogging for several years about food security, travels, faith, arts and culture. She enjoys community reporting to participate in the local conversation. She founded ‘Culture Chats’ promoting social connections through shared interests in literary and other arts. Asmita has over ten years’ experience in marketing and communications. Her professional interests include business strategy and relations, research and community development. Her family and two little ones are the center of her world.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Business

Award Winning Boosh Food Expands To Larger, Multipurpose HQ in Cloverdale

Published

on

Rapidly Growing Plant-Based Food Company Boosh Food responds to increased consumer demand for plant-based food options

Boosh Food Inc. (“Boosh Food”), a delicious plant-based ready-to-eat comfort food company that caters to the entire family, recently leased a multipurpose 8,500 sq ft headquarters located in Cloverdale, BC.

Upon completion of the tenant improvements, the facility will include a commercial grade test kitchen for new product development, a professional studio for filming cooking segments with guest chefs, extensive warehousing for their products and traditional offices and meeting rooms.

Founded by a seasoned entrepreneur Connie Marples in 2017, Boosh Food began distributing their family oriented, plant-based comfort food in early 2018. By the end of 2020, Boosh was being distributed to major retail outlets and independent grocery stores throughout Canada.

Current Boosh Food products feature six different 100% plant-based, heat and eat family-oriented entrees and meals. Boosh Food offers Single-Serve Bowls or sharable Entrées for two, including Coconut Curry Cauli Bowl, Veggie Bolognese Bowl (with Beyond Meat™), Mac & Cheeze & Peas Bowl, Mexican Fiesta Bowl, Rustic Veg Pot Pie Entrée, and Hearty Shepherd’s Pie Entrée.

“We are extremely excited about our rapid expansion and growth,” states Connie. “Over the past quarter we’ve made significant hires in key areas to assure we build a solid, fundamentally strong, corporate platform. The new multipurpose facility will allow us to continue and expand, invent new plant-based dishes, invite guest chefs into our kitchen, and create outstanding podcasts and videos in order to share the Boosh story.”

In Canada, more than 40% of the population is actively trying to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets. Their compatibility with vegetarian, vegan and “flexitarian” lifestyles is now putting the spotlight on plant-based protein sources. (National Research Council Canada, Sept, 2019).

Globally, the plant-based protein market size was valued at USD 3.3 billion in 2019 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.4% from 2020 to 2027. (Grand View Research, Sept. 2020).

Boosh products are currently in the freezer aisle, with new products coming to the grocery aisle and cooler section of grocery retailers over the coming months. All products are gluten-free and non-GMO.

About Boosh Food Inc.

Founded in 2017 by Connie Marples, Boosh Food is a Surrey, BC-based company that creates nutritionally balanced, heat and serve, family-oriented comfort meals that are 100% plant-based, non-GMO and gluten-free.

Boosh Food emphasizes less sodium and sugar in their entrees and bowls and contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. Currently available for purchase in over 150 British Columbian retailers, Boosh Food continues to expand across the country.

For additional information on where to find Boosh Food products please visit www.booshfood.com.

Find us on social media: InstagramFacebook

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

Death By Donuts Brings Laughs, Live Music, Craft Beer And Espresso To Your Home This March

Published

on

SURREY, B.C. – Vancouver’s annual Festival of Artisan Coffee and Collaboration Beers is planning a special pandemic fundraising event that is suited for anyone who is keen on laughing, live music, craft beer and coffee can enjoy from home.

The 4th annual event Hopwired’s Death by Donuts will be broadcasted through a twitch and web livestream on Saturday, March 6th, hosted by Canadian Comedian Icon Ed the Sock and ©Certified Cicerone Mathieu Poirier of Matter of Beer.

This year is obviously a little bit different, so the festival has invited a whole roster of breweries and coffee roasters from across Canada and the United States, alongside several award-winning comedians and musicians to stream to your screens at home.

Fans can tune in to watch artists via the event’s website at — it’s streaming at beersupply.ca/hopwired

The broadcast starts at 7 pm, with artists including Daniel Wesley, Tonye Aganaba, Graham Clark and Ed the Sock with appearances from breweries and coffee roasters from across British Columbia and Canada. You can be reminded about this FREE show by subscribing now at beersupply.ca/hopwired.

The event supports the Surrey Food Bank through a live silent auction. “I am hearing and seeing a lot about the cost of food going up and the cost of living going up and everything is especially hard for so many people right now. My community is really struggling in Whalley.” says Mike Willis, of West Craft, who lives in Whalley.

“This year we are going to try real hard to bring some extra joy to people’s lives at no cost with the hopes of raising money and volunteer support for our Surrey Food Bank. It will be an entirely different event then we are used to run but we just want to find a way to add some fun and laughs in people’s lives, while doing something meaningful for the Surrey Food Bank”.

West Craft, the organizer behind the successful Hopwired Festival and Fruit Beer Festival, is promising a fun time to help cure the winter blues and help those who are less fortunate.

Singer-songwriter Daniel Wesley will be bringing his prominent reggae element and unvarnished rock music sound to this high energy livestream, alongside soul-neo-folk stylings of Singer-songwriter Tonye Aganaba who will be closing the broadcast with her who is akin to legend Lauryn Hill, 3-time Canadian Comedy Award winner & co-host of Maximum Fun’s Stop Podcasting Yourself Graham Clark, and many more will be stopping in.

For more information about Hopwired Festival, please visit: www.beersupply.ca

For more information please contact: office@beersupply.ca

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

Savour What’s Simple this National Pizza Day with Coors Organic and Bowen Island Pizza Co.

Published

on

Celebrate National Pizza Day and Support Local!

National Pizza Day, a day that’s garnered more than 200k Instagram shares, is coming up on February 9, 2021. And what pairs best with pizza? Beer, of course.

As the expert in brewing with simple yet high quality ingredients, Coors Organic wants to help Canadians Savour What’s Simple this National Pizza Day by partnering with Bowen Island Pizza Co. to create a limited time only ‘Savour What’s Simple’ pizza that gives back.

The Savour What’s Simple pizza will be made with simple, fresh and high quality ingredients and available to consumers exclusively on National Pizza Day.

HOW YOUR PIZZA GIVES BACK

For every Savour What’s Simple pizza ordered, Coors Organic will match the purchase price and make a donation to Second Harvest, a charity focused on connecting excess food to those in need.

HOW TO GET YOUR PIZZA

On February 9th, support local and order a ‘Savour What’s Simple’ pizza from Bowen Island Pizza Co. to enjoy on National Pizza Day.

Order in person, by phone, or through Skip the Dishes.

MORE INFORMATION

Coors Organic is one of the latest additions to the Coors™ portfolio and is a first of its kind for the brand. It’s a light, organic lager that is expertly brewed with minimal ingredients for an elevated taste.

Located in the heart of North Vancouver in popular Lonsdale Quay, Bowen Island Pizza Co. creates high-quality, thin crust pizzas that have become a favourite among locals!

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

New “50 Mile Menu” Encourages Vancouverites To Eat Local

Published

on

Collaboration between Oroweat Organic and DALINA exclusively
features ingredients produced within 50 miles of Vancouver

In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Oroweat Organic and local cafe-grocer DALINA have teamed up to create the “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu”, a new collection of delicious sandwiches made entirely from ingredients produced within 50 miles of Vancouver.

Available from February 7 to March 14, the “50 Mile Menu” shines a spotlight on Metro Vancouver’s producers and showcases the amazing food available on our doorstep.

The “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu” was developed by DALINA’s Innovation Chef, Matt Sanderson, and features three limited edition sandwiches – Roasted Chicken, Porchetta with Fresh Herbs, and Roasted Portobello Mushroom (vegan).

Each recipe is created with the freshest and best quality local ingredients sourced from producers such as Surrey’s Evergreen Herb Farms, Rossdown Farms in Abbotsford, Golden Ears Cheesecrafters in Maple Ridge, and others.

All sandwiches are made with Oroweat Organic bread, available in three varieties and also produced locally at Oroweat’s bakery in Langley, B.C.

Oroweat Organic chose to partner with DALINA as it shares Oroweat’s commitment to local ingredients and sustainable practices. Oroweat’s loaves are sustainably baked using certified organic ingredients.

Oroweat Organic also matches 100% of the electricity usage that goes into baking its bread with electricity produced from renewable sources and 100% of the fuel usage that goes into delivering its products with green certificates

The “Oroweat Organic 50 Mile Menu” is available from February 7 to March 14, exclusively at DALINA stores in Vancouver (992 Broadway & 687 Main St.) and for pick-up via DALINA’s mobile ordering Craver app or for delivery via Uber Eats.

For more information on Oroweat Organic products visit oroweat.ca or follow @OroweatCanada on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Continue Reading

Food & Drink

What to eat when Jollibee opens in Strawberry Hill

Published

on

If “yum” is your favourite way to talk about food, you’ll get a mouthful ordering at Jollibee.

And you’ll get that chance sometime in the coming months when the cherished Fillipino fast-food chain opens in Newton’s Strawberry Hill Shopping Center.

The wildly popular Jollibee first launched as an ice cream parlour 45 years ago and claims to be the “largest fast-food chain brand in the Philippines.

” It boasts about offering a taste of home for the international community as “a stronghold of heritage and monument of Filipino pride.”

Jollibee is aggressively taking its cheerful vibe, mash-up dishes and family-friendly atmosphere around the world and opened its first Canadian location in 2016. It has yet to arrive in B.C. though is expected to open imminently on Vancouver’s Granville Street.

Chickeyjoy

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by 🐿 alvin (@eyyarress)

What’s for you? Spicy or regular?

Dubbed the “McDonald’s of the Philippines,” Jollibee is also known as “JFC,” and the Jollibee Food Corporation embraces the acronym that hints at its own finger-licking-good fried chicken and signature secret recipe.

Amazing Aloha Yumburger

There it is. Yum is right in the name.

The Canadian menu includes the Big Yumburger, the Cheesy Yumburger, and the Amazing Aloha Yumburger with bacon and a slice of pineapple. Hawaiian pizza on a bun, basically. Can’t wait!

Jolly Spaghetti

When Anthony Bourdain visited a Manilla location of the “wackiest, jolliest place on Earth,” he dove right into that Jolly Spaghetti and its hotdog toppings. His review: “Deranged, yet strangely alluring.”

Burger Steak

This pile of hamburgers and mushroom gravy is missing an adjective. May I suggest, “Yum”?

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by CJ Robles (@soulbarista)

Palabok Fiesta and Family Platters

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Jinalyn Amiana Aranez (@jin_aranez)

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Peter Liu (@peterliu28)

When it arrives in Surrey, there will be platters and palabok.

The Strawberry Hill Shopping Centre will get a facelift near the intersection of 120th and 72nd with Jollibee’s new 3,400-square-foot restaurant and outdoor patio.

The City of Surrey approved the development in December and said the new Jollibee will “improve the streetscape” near the busy intersection.

Ube is made from taro and used in all kinds of desserts, from pastries to ice cream, and is a striking, photo-ready shade of purple.

Peach mango pie is also on the Canadian menu.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Latest Events

february

18feb7:00 pm18mar8:00 pmA Grief Webinar Series Coping with anxiety7:00 pm - (march 18) 8:00 pm Location: online with secure Zoom Cost: Free

Trending

Copyright © 2019. All Rights Reserved.

Designed by Binary Souls.

X
X