TORONTO, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - For the approximately 8 million (22%) of
Canadians enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with a dietary twist, vegetarian
(eight per cent), gluten-free, raw food and low carbohydrate (five per
cent each) top the list.
The vast majority of Canadians (74 per cent) will be accommodating the
dietary needs of friends and family this Thanksgiving, according to a
new survey commissioned by Udi's Healthy Foods. Only 6 per cent of
Canadians report being annoyed at making special accommodations, or
wish the person would not attend.
When asked to name three essential items for Thanksgiving dinner, turkey
tops the list, followed by mashed potatoes, and stuffing.
"Identifying foods that need to be eliminated for those who follow a
vegetarian diet is fairly easy to do," says Stephanie Clairmont,
culinary dietitian and nutrition coach. "However, it's a bit more of a
challenge when it involves gluten, especially for those who do not
typically follow a gluten-free diet themselves. There are some
wonderful, great-tasting gluten-free products that can be substituted
in traditional recipes as an easy way for everyone to enjoy the meal
together. There's no need to cook separate dishes."
Hidden Sources of Gluten at Thanksgiving:
Sauces, seasoning and marinades (including soy sauce, mustard and
Pumpkin pie crust
The following Registered Dieticians are available to explain the survey
results, and provide tips on accommodating special diets:
Stephanie Clairmont, ON
Tristaca Curley, BC
From July 19th to July 22nd 2013 an online survey was conducted among
2,530 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum
panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is
+/- 1.95%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been statistically
weighted according to education, age, gender and region (and in
Quebec language) Census data to ensure a sample representative of the
entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals
are due to rounding.
SOURCE: Udi's Healthy Foods LLC
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