Health Canada Approves Vegetable Oil Health Claim

The Vegetable Oil Industry of Canada (VOIC) announced that Health Canada approved a new health claim advising consumers to replace dietary sources of saturated fat with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats from vegetable oil to lower cholesterol.

The claim will be used by the vegetable oil industry on food packaging and other platforms; VOIC members also have developed a logo for their exclusive use to help Canadians easily identify products that meet the nutritional standards for this claim.

Research submitted to Health Canada in support of the claim’s application for approval included evidence showing that, as a result of the replacement of saturated fat with unsaturated fats in individual diets, LDL-cholesterol reduction ranged from approximately 0.4% to 2.8% for every gram of fat that was replaced.


Summary of Health Canada‚Äôs Assessment of the Health Claim (pdf) ….

Thai Dinner Menu

The Menu

Grilled Red Curry Rubbed Wagyu Beef with Papaya Salad

Roasted Pork Belly with Green Apple Salad

Stir-fried Tiger Prawn with Tom Yum Sauce

Fried Crispy Tofu

Sticky Rice with Mango

Whiteleg Shrimp (Vannamei) Nigiri Sushi

The Sushi

The Shrimp

Brown Rice Syrup Puts Arsenic In Organic Foods

Brown rice syrup used in many organic foods as a substitute for fructose corn sugar is causing problems of its own with high arsenic levels.

That means danger for those consuming such products as “organic” infant milk formula, cereal bars or high energy foods that contain the organic brown rice syrup as an ingredient, according to a Dartmouth College research team led by Brian Jackson.

The team’s findings on arsenic in foods containing organic brown rice syrup were published in Environmental Health Perspectives, the online journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science.

There is “an urgent need for regulatory limits” for arsenic in foods, the researchers say, as there are no current U.S. regulations that set such limits.

After testing 17 infant formulas, 27 cereal bars and three different “energy shot” drinks, the team found levels significantly above the level established for public drinking water.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets the current limit for public drinking water at 10 parts per billion (ppb). The earlier limit, in place since the 1940s, was 50 ppb.

Dartmouth researchers found cereal bars with inorganic arsenic levels raining from 23 to 128 ppb. One of the “energy shot” drinks registered at 84 ppm, and the two others hit 171 ppb. The infant formula came in at 8.6 ppb for dairy-based, and 21.4 ppb for soy-based.

Jckson is most concerned about the organic infant formulas because these are often a baby’s sole source of nutrition.

Rice plants take up arsenic through the soil because the dangerous substance behaves much like silica, which rice needs to grow. Brown rice tends to collect arsenic in higher levels, but amounts vary.

The study’s release also brought out the issue that consumers should not mix up “organic” with “safe.”

Read the abstract and download full report (pdf) of the study ….

Stir-fried Hot and Spicy Udon


150 g udon
30 g pork slices
20 g squid slices
20 g small shrimps
20 g clams
20 g fish cake slices
10 g mushroom slices
10 g carrot slices


1 tbsp curry powder
2 tbsp coconut milk
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp cooking wine
dash white ground pepper
1 cup water


  1. Cook udon in boiling water until done.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in wok. Stir-fry pork until nearly cooked. Add shrimp, squid and clam. Toss briefly. Add fish cake, mushroom and carrot. Toss until all ingredients are cooked. Remove.
  3. Heat 1 tsp oil in wok. Add sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Add udon and return pork, seafood and vegetables to wok. Toss to combine and allow the udon to soak up the suace. Serve hot.


Udon is a type of Japanese thick wheat noodle. It is available either in frozen or dried form.

Source: Taiwan magazine