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Allergy Update: Back-to-school with peanut allergy during COVID-19

Back-to-school in 2020 has looked very different from previous years. And while new safety and sanitization measures and protocols were enacted in schools to keep students safe from COVID-19, allergy experts say this can also help reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

Nutrition News: Does plant-based protein build muscle as well as meat protein?

Protein is an essential nutrient for good health; however, many Canadians are unsure of whether meat or plant-based protein sources can best help achieve their health and fitness goals. Recent research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition seeks to determine this. 

Health News: Peanut skins make milk chocolate healthier

There’s some good news for milk chocolate lovers! Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered that adding peanut skins to milk chocolate boosts the treat’s antioxidant properties, making it a healthier option, like dark chocolate.

COVID-19 second wave predictions: Availability of food during the holiday season and how online shopping and lifestyle changes are spurring a retail revolution

As the second wave of COVID-19 unfolds and the holiday season knocks on the doors of Canadians, consumers are quite likely to consider stockpiling necessary food items as they did when the pandemic began. The question is, will stockpiling be necessary? 

Canadian food prices are on the rise – and the pandemic has made it worse

Back in March, as the pandemic came to the forefront in Canada, the Peanut Bureau of Canada (PBC), reported on how consumer shopping habits were quickly shifting to adapt to the new realities of living, and how trends were changing the grocery retail landscape. 

Recommendations on the early introduction of allergenic foods during the global pandemic

The global health pandemic has raised questions among consumers about the safety of introducing allergenic foods, including peanut protein. Canadian families are concerned about the health and wellness of their children, in addition to a conscious effort to not add strain to our hospitals and frontline health care workers.

So, what is the recommendation for introducing allergenic foods during a time of heightened health concerns?

Consumer behaviour during COVID-19

The pandemic has altered Canada’s grocery retail landscape and, by extension, Canadian consumer behaviour. According to research from Shopper Intelligence, a shopper and marketing research firm, consumers are more open-minded and impulsive than they were pre-COVID-19.

Peanut industry update

Since COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions began in March, the prices and availability of agriculture and commodity goods have been affected. Peanuts, however, have shown their true place in Canadian homes as a trusted pantry staple item, especially in a time of crisis. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), peanut producers are on track to grow more peanuts this year than last, even with the impact of the coronavirus and the restrictions that stem from it.

Health News: Food for thought - Benefits of peanuts on our brains

Did you know that peanuts can be good for your brain? This powerful legume is chock-full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein. The Peanut Institute outlines the positive impact that consuming peanut protein can have on your brain.

Nutrition News: The scoop on trans fat in peanut butter

The natural fats found in peanut butter can benefit your heart, lower cholesterol and satisfy. This article breaks down the different types of fat in peanut butter, so you can help your clients and patients understand what it all means.

Allergy Update: New research findings - CHILD Cohort Study and early introduction of peanuts

The long-running CHILD Cohort Study suggests that children who don’t eat peanut protein before turning one could be more likely to develop a peanut allergy by age three.

Consumer Research: From B to Z - How to promote the powerful peanut

As a dietitian, you likely meet people from different walks of life with various needs and wants. The PBC has recapped the four most influential generations, providing some insight on the behaviours and motivations of each.