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Boosting nutrition in Canada’s North

Northern aboriginals aren’t eating as much ptarmigan stomach as their grandparents did.

Northern aboriginals aren’t eating as much ptarmigan stomach as their grandparents did.

A series of papers published today says those kinds of traditional Arctic foods have been replaced by high-fat, high-salt, store-bought foods that don’t provide essential nutrients that once came from the land.

The result is high rates of obesity, diabetes and cancer across the North.

But those same papers describe a program that is helping Inuit eat better by introducing them to healthier foods — whole wheat bread, for example, or skim milk powder instead of coffee creamer.

 
 
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