In the Media

Scientists and educators at the Lawson Centre make news for their research, teaching and advocacy — and offer credible commentary on the latest nutrition news.

Read recent media reports below.

2022

Nutrition warnings coming to front of pre-packaged food in Canada; ground meat exempt
Professor Mary L'Abbé on CTV News
(June 30, 2022)

About 19 percent of N.B. households experience food insecurity, says nutritional scientist
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC News
(June 23, 2022)

New research suggests center-based childcare may bring health benefits
Graduate student Michaela Kucab in American Society for Nutrition
(June 14, 2022)

Food bank numbers 'grossly underestimate the severity of the problem' in Metro Vancouver
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CityNews
(May 26, 2022)

Inflation could put more Canadians at risk of going hungry, say experts
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Canadian Press
(May 19, 2022)

Study finds children with vegetarian diet have similar growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat
Professor Jonathon Maguire in EurekAlert!
(May 2, 2022)

THE LANCET: Global child and adolescent health targets in jeopardy without urgent, comprehensive reform, experts warn
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta in EurekAlert!
(April 27, 2022)

Food as medicine: Programs, doctors look to fill nutrition prescription
Professors John Sievenpiper and Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(February 26, 2022)

Nutrition in adolescence: Multiple challenges, lifelong consequences and the foundation for adult health
Postdoctoral fellow Jo-Anna Baxter in The Conversation
(February 8, 2022)

'Our brains were not actually designed to work that way': How online learning harms kids' well-being and what parents can do to help
Professor Catherine Birken in the Toronto Star
(January 12, 2022)

University of Toronto study showed those on low-glycemic diet lost weight without trying
Professor John Sievenpiper and postdoctoral fellow Laura Chiavaroli in the Toronto Star
(January 3, 2022)

2021

Food drives are not the answer to poverty and hunger
Professor Valerie Tarasukin the Toronto Star
(December 5, 2021)

Experts say the ongoing need to end food insecurity has intensified amid the COVID-19 pandemic
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CityNews
(November 26, 2021)

Why you should volunteer for a clinical trial
Professor Jonathon Maguire in Chatelaine
(November 24, 2021)

Good news about nuts: A new study says you can probably eat moderate amounts of them without gaining weight
Professor John Sievenpiper in the Toronto Star
(September 27, 2021)

Research on maternal and child health: Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta awarded 2021 Roux Prize
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta in The News International
(September 10, 2021)

Low glycemic diet improves A1c, other risk factors in diabetes
Postdoctoral fellow Laura Chiavaroli in Medscape
(August 10, 2021)

How a province can help put food on tables
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC 
(June 18, 2021)

Study to investigate effectiveness, safety of COVID-19 vaccine in children
Professor Shaun Morris on CTV News
(June 11, 2021)

Age of anxiety: How the COVID-19 pandemic could be impacting kids' development
Professor Catherine Birken in the Toronto Star
(June 10, 2021)

Newfoundland's soda tax targets the sin of sugar
Professor Mary L'Abbé in The Globe and Mail 
(June 4, 2021)

Policies on minimum wage, income tax have a direct effect on who goes hungry: researcher
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(May 29, 2021)

Can vitamin D lower the risk of COVID-19? Here's what we know so far
Professor Richard Bazinet on Global News 
(March 27, 2021)

Food industry lobbying was intense on failed bill to limit marketing to Canadian children 
Professor Mary L'Abbé and Christine Mulligan in EurekAlert!
(March 23, 2021)

New Lancet series shows mixed progress on maternal and child undernutrition in last decade
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta in EurekAlert!
(March 7, 2021)

2020

How this Ontario church is tackling food insecurity
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on TVO
(December 30, 2020)

Food banks aren't the answer to hunger, researchers say
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Canada's National Observer
(December 8, 2020)

Food insecurity is hurting Canadians’ physical and mental health, social life, and ability to find work
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(September 29, 2020)

Food banks aren't the answer to hunger, researchers say
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Canada's National Observer
(December 8, 2020)

Food insecurity is hurting Canadians’ physical and mental health, social life, and ability to find work
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(September 29, 2020)

Doomscrolling again? How to manage screen time during the pandemic
Professor Catherine Birken in the Toronto Star
(June 23, 2020)

Expert calls for universal income amid increase in food bank usage
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Vancouver City News
(May 9, 2020)

What do we really know about kids and COVID-19?
Professor Shaun Morris on CBC
(May 8, 2020)

Should schools reopen? Kids’ role in pandemic still a mystery
Professor Catherine Birken in Science
(May 4, 2020)

When is it safe for kids to go back to school? Two Canadian projects adding data to the ‘passionate debates’
Professor Jonathon Maguire in the Toronto Star
(April 29, 2020)

Scientists wait months for coronavirus research grants. This economist is trying to fix that
Professor Jonathon Maguire in The Washington Post
(April 29, 2020)

Food security experts warn of supply shortages, higher prices due to global pandemic
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(April 3, 2020)

More than 4.4 million Canadians say they feel food insecure due to financial constraints: report
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(March 12, 2020)

N.L.'s fall from grace on food insecurity record 'disturbing'
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC News
(February 22, 2020)

Canadian child health experts call for action on global study's dire findings
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta on CTV News
(February 20, 2020)

Study compares childhood outcomes of nutritional strategies used for feeding very-low-birth-weight infants
Professor Deborah O'Connor on the American Society for Nutrition website
(February 12, 2020)

Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada - and some die young as a result
Postdoctoral fellow Fei Men in Reuters and on CBC
(January 20, 2020)

Iron levels directly related to cognitive performance in kids
Professor Patricia Parkin on Healthing.ca
(January 16, 2020)

Whole milk may be better when it comes to children's weight
Professor Jonathon Maguire in The New York Times
(January 7, 2020)

2019

Ontarians with full and part-time jobs increasingly using food banks, report finds
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CTV News
(December 3, 2019)

Cut dairy from your diet? You may be deficient in vitamin D, calcium
Professor Jonathon Maguire on CBC
(November 16, 2019)

Canada Child Benefit helped reduce number of families with severe food insecurity: study
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Global News
(November 7, 2019)

Black families twice as likely to go hungry as white households, study shows
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Star
(October 23, 2019)

Are you taking too much folic acid?
Professor Deborah O'Connor in Today's Parent
(October 9, 2019)

Controversial red meat study scrutinized
Professor David Jenkins on CTV
(October 1, 2019)

Should you stop eating red meat? A new paper has a controversial answer
Professor John Sievenpiper in Time
(September 30, 2019)

What was in prehistoric baby bottles? Now we know.
Professor Daniel Sellen in National Geographic
(September 25, 2019)

Global warming may dwindle the supply of a key brain nutrient
Professor Richard Bazinet in Scientific American
(September 19, 2019)

Omega-3: The treatment in search of an illness makes a comeback
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(September 14, 2019)

What’s a ‘normal’ amount of time to breastfeed?
Professor Daniel Sellen in The New York Times
(September 3, 2019)

Weight Watchers app for kids faces backlash
Professor David Jenkins on Global News Radio
(August 19, 2019)

Why is there sugar in my barbecue sauce? (Hint: Because you crave it)
Postdoctoral fellow Jodi Bernstein in the Toronto Star
(August 13, 2019)

Health experts denounce Scheer’s comments on Canada’s Food Guide as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘disingenuous’
Professor Mary L'Abbé in The Globe and Mail
(July 18, 2019)

Study confirms heart benefit of soy as FDA reviews this claim
Professor David Jenkins in Reuters
(July 16, 2019)

Food insecurity in Nunavut increased since introduction of federal program: report
Doctoral student Andrée-Anne Fafard St-Germain and Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail and on CBC.
(May 21, 2019)

‘Startling’: The price of celery is skyrocketing in Canada. Blame cold weather and a celebrity food fad
Professor David Jenkins in the National Post
(May 1, 2019)

The long-term effects of going hungry
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on BBC Future
(April 29, 2019)

The ads that kids shouldn’t see
Professor Mary L'Abbé in U of T Magazine
(April 24, 2019)

The 'indelible mark' that exposure to hunger leaves on children
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CNN
(April 15, 2019)

Majority of supermarket foods targeted to Canadian kids aren't healthy, UCalgary research finds
Professor Mary L'Abbé in University of Calgary's UToday
(April 15, 2019)

Saturated fat, good or evil? How to decipher contradictory nutritional research
Professor David Jenkins in The Washington Post
(April 8, 2019)

How Do You Save Four Million Canadians From Hunger?
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Walrus
(March 6, 2019)

Finding the right substitute for Canada's artificial trans fats ban
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC's The National
(February 20, 2019)

Canada's new food guide might be free of industry influence, but the great food fight isn't over yet
Professor Mary L'Abbé on CBC
(January 26, 2019)

How bringing room service to hospitals can help patients heal
Professor John Sievenpiper and Rebecca Noseworthy on CBC Radio's White Coat Black Art
(January 26, 2019)

Health experts applaud Canada’s new food guide, though some question lack of portion sizes
Professor David Jenkins on Global News
(January 22, 2019)

Food Guide recommendations to limit sugary drinks could influence school nutrition programs, expert says
Professor Jonathon Maguire in The Globe and Mail
(January 22, 2019)

The dark side of Canada's new food guide — many Canadians can't follow it
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(January 12, 2019)

Should the advice in the Canadian food guide be taken with a pinch of salt?
Professor Mary L'Abbé on CBC's The Current
(January 10, 2019)

2018

Fructose link to diabetes may be different for sodas than fruit
Professor John Sievenpiper in Reuters
(November 30, 2018)

Do fish oil supplements work? Science keeps giving us slippery answers
Professor Richard Bazinet in Vox
(November 19, 2018)

Low-carb diets associated with lower life expectancy, study suggests
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(August 18, 2018)

Basic income: A no-brainer in economic hard times
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Conversation
(August 2, 2018)

Child Health Protection Act just the start of healthier food environments for kids
Professor Mary L'Abbé in the Toronto Star
(July 16, 2018)

One tiny detail spoils that shocking organic milk headline: It was wrong
Professor Richard Bazinet in The Globe and Mail
(July 12, 2018)

Don't dismiss a healthy eating strategy
Professor Mary L'Abbé in the Winnipeg Free Press
(June 27, 2018)

One in two Indigenous children in danger of going to school hungry
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in the Star Vancouver
(June 21, 2018)

Labels and education the way to fight obesity
Professor Daniel Sellen in the Toronto Sun
(June 3, 2018)

Vitamins won’t prevent a heart attack or make you live longer: study
Professor David Jenkins on Global News and in Newsweek
(May 28, 2018)

The doctor is cooking
Professors John Sievenpiper and David Jenkins in The New York Times
(May 22, 2018)

Researcher shines light on food security crisis in Nova Scotia
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Chronicle Herald
(May 2, 2018)

Pasta, as part of a healthy diet, not tied to weight gain
Professor John Sievenpiper in Reuters
(April 16, 2018)

Women in food-insecure households stop exclusive breastfeeding sooner: study
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Global News and on CBC
(March 19, 2018)

'Saltier than seawater': Canada lays claim to the saltiest bread tested in recent survey
Professor Mary L'Abbé in the Calgary Herald
(March 19, 2018)

Temple study asserting canola-Alzheimer’s link triggers criticism
Professor Richard Bazinet in Patient Daily
(January 5, 2018)

2017

3 reasons reducing food waste won't reduce food insecurity
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on CBC
(December 12, 2017)

What the research says about vitamin D supplements in pregnancy: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Professor Daniel Roth in Forbes
(November 30, 2017)

As Canadians consume 'harmful' levels of sodium, officials urge chefs to limit salt but face resistance
Professor Mary L'Abbé in The Globe and Mail
(November 19, 2017)

Changing the rules in the hunger game
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on GuelphToday.com
(October 20, 2017)

Dark chocolate is now a health food. Here’s how that happened
Professor Richard Bazinet on Vox
(October 18, 2017)

The demise of a dietary dogma?
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(Septbember 2, 2017)

Recommended fat intake should increase, Canadian researchers say
Professor Richard Bazinet on CBC
(August 29, 2017)

Lower your 'bad' cholesterol with simple dietary shift
Professors David Jenkins and John Sievenpiper in the Toronto Star
(July 24, 2017)

Public health experts blame Ontario government for gap in food insecurity data
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in The Globe and Mail
(July 4, 2017)

Nonprescription prenatal vitamins may be more potent
Professor Deborah O'Connor on Reuters
(June 19, 2017)

Basic income best way to help families reliably put food on the table: report
Professor Valerie Tarasuk on Global News
(June 15, 2017)

Does drinking cow's milk help children grow taller?
Professor Jonathon Maguire on CBC
(June 7, 2017)

Nunavut gets failing grade on food security
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Canadian Geographic
(May 24, 2017)

Probiotic yogurt benefits vary, study finds
Professor Elena Comelli and Mary Scourboutakos on CBC
(April 18, 2017)

What to expect from new food labeling laws in Canada
Professor Mary L'Abbé in Boss magazine
(March 31, 2017)

Fatty acids, brain health and the jellybean effect
Professor Richard Bazinet in the Winnipeg Free Press
(February 25, 2017)

2016

Canada's Food Guide: What the government is changing to help Canadians eat better
Professors Mary L'Abbé and David Jenkins in Global News
(October 24, 2016)

Can better nutrition labelling curb Canada’s sugar consumption?
Professor Mary L’Abbé in The Varsity
(October 16, 2016)

U of T Researchers Contribute to Lancet Series on Early Childhood Development
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta in U of T Faculty of Medicine News
(October 4, 2016)

U of T researchers call for guidelines, better labelling to curb sugar consumption
Professor Mary L’Abbé in U of T News
(September 26, 2016)

The war on meat: Is it harmful, healthy or both?
Professor David Jenkins in the Toronto Star
(August 15, 2016)

Canada’s Food Guide is painfully outdated – and it might be making us sick
Professor Mary L’Abbé in Chatelaine
(August 9, 2016)

Study says women can skip the multivitamin during pregnancy – but should you?
Professor Deborah O’Connor in Today’s Parent
(July 13, 2016)

Slow down and really taste the farm-fresh food
Professor Richard Bazinet in the Toronto Star
(July 4, 2016)

Canadian consensus on female nutrition: Adolescence, reproduction, menopause and beyond
Deborah O’Connor et al. in Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC)
(May 14, 2016)

Richard Bazinet receives Young Investigator Award for Outstanding Research, Supported by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare
Canadian Nutrition Society Awards 2016
(May 5 – 7, 2016)

Harvey Anderson receives the Khursheed Jeejeebhoy Award for Best Application of Clinical Nutrition Research Findings to Clinical Practice, Supported by Abbott Canada
Canadian Nutrition Society Awards 2016
(May 5 – 7, 2016)

Packaged foods in Canada still too salty
Professor Mary L’Abbé in CBC News
(April 26, 2016)

Benefits of switch from saturated fat to corn oil for longer life challenged
Professor Richard Bazinet in CBC News
(April 13, 2016)

Access to food proves problematic in the Maritimes and Nunavut
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Canadian Grocer
(April 10, 2016)

Experts sound alarm on ‘food insecurity’ in Canada
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Edmonton Journal
(March 24, 2016)

Daniel Roth receives the Samuel J. Fomon Young Physician Award Endowed by the Nestlé Nutrition Institute
American Society for Nutrition Young Investigator Awards 2016
(March 18, 2016)

Are French fries healthy after all?
Professor Harvey Anderson in The Varsity
(March 16, 2016)

Nutrition labels in Canada: Let’s not abandon added sugars
Professor Mary L’Abbé and Jodi Bernstein on CMAJ Podcasts
(March 14, 2016)

Addressing overuse starts with physicians
Wintemute K, McDonald K, Huynh T, Pendrith C, Wilson L. in Can Fam Physician 2016; 62: 199-200
(March 14, 2016)

Working miracles, one baby at a time
Professor Deborah O’Connor and Sharon Unger in Canadian Institutes of Health Research
(February 22, 2016)

Children breastfeeding after first birthday should take vitamin D
Professor Jonathon Maguire in Reuters
(February 18, 2016)

Organic meat and milk higher in healthful fatty acids
Professor Richard Bazinet in Well, New York Times Blog
(February 15, 2016)

Pulses health benefits and importance: How these dried beans can solve global malnutrition
Professor John Sievenpiper in Food World News
(January 19, 2016)

2015

There’s a food security crisis in Canada and it’s worse than you think
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in Vice
(December 7, 2015)

Four diet myths and one good food habit
Dr. Mike Evans in the Toronto Star
(November 16, 2015)

Supermarket confusion: ‘One Sweet App’
Professor Mary L’Abbé in the National Post
(November 10, 2015)

What is the best diet and healthiest way to eat?
Dr. Mike Evans on CBC Radio
(October 18, 2015)

Help young adults tackle the ‘Freshman 15’
Dr. Mike Evans in the Toronto Star
(September 6, 2015)

1 in 10 Canadians struggle to put food on table: Study
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in CTV News
(August 16, 2015)

Food insecurity a heavy cost on Ontario’s health care systems: Study
Professor Valerie Tarasuk in the Globe and Mail
(August 10, 2015)

Excess sugar lurks in kids’ meals at restaurant chains, U of T researchers say
Mary Scourboutakos in the Toronto Star
(March 5, 2015)

Sugar in kids’ meals and new WHO guidelines: Mary Scourboutakos
Mary Scourboutakos in CTV News
(March 4, 2015)

Sugar levels in kids’ meals are higher than WHO guidelines: Canadian study
Mary L’Abbé and Mary Scourboutakos in Global News
(March 4, 2015)

Sugar intake should be reduced to 5-10% of calories, WHO says
Mary Scourboutakos in CBC News
(March 4, 2015)

Why the man who brought us the glycemic index wants us to go vegan
Professor David Jenkins in the Globe and Mail
(February 22, 2015)

 

2014

Probiotics can play key role in improving our health
Professor Elena M. Comelli in the Toronto Star
(November 18, 2014)

Ontario’s government plans to keep pushing for chains to post nutrition data in restaurants 
Mary Scourboutakos in the Toronto Star
(November 3, 2014)

If menus shared calories, sodium, would you make healthier choices?
Professor Mary L’Abbé & Mary Scourboutakos in Global News
(October 31, 2014)

Doctors’ notes: What the food experts eat, and what they skip
Professor David J. A. JenkinsRichard BazinetAhmed El-Sohemy & John Sievenpiper in the Toronto Star
(October 14, 2014)

In conversation with David Jenkins
Professor David J. A Jenkins in The Varsity
(September 21, 2014)

Back to school: How to create a healthy lunch
Professor Deborah L. O'Connor in HuffPost Canada
(September 11, 2014)

30 minutes a day to a healthier you
Dr. Mike Evans in Reader's Digest
(September 5, 2014)

Dairy lovers find greener pastures with Rolling Meadow
Professor Richard Bazinet in the Globe and Mail
(September 2, 2014)

Low-carb diets may beat low-fat options for weight loss, heart health
Professor David J. A. Jenkins in Reuters
(September 1, 2014)

Foods with canola oil found to help people with Type 2 diabetes
Professor David J. A. Jenkins in the Globe and Mail
(July 1, 2014)

Managing childhood obesity at SickKids
Professor Catherine Birken in the North York Mirror
(May 21, 2014)

New SickKids initiative battling childhood obesity on numerous fronts
Professor Jill Hamilton in the Toronto Star
(April 30, 2014)

Preterm babies to benefit from a $2 million federal research grant
Professor Deborah L. O'Connor in Global News
(March 18, 2014)