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  • A sobering video by Ottawa physician Yoni Freedhoff shows how the marketing behind the Heart & Stroke Foundation's 'Health Check' symbol is duping parents into believing gummy candies are as healthy as whole fruits.


    In the video, Freedhoff specifically targets FruitSource Bites made by SunRype, a snack company based in Kelowna, B.C.

    He explains that the Heart & Stroke Foundation's dietitians have given the product its signature Health Check seal of approval.

    "That check mark, according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation's own research, suggests to consumers that the product inside is nutritious, good for you, healthy and approved by the organization's dietitians," he says.

    "I would like to meet a dietitian who approves pure sugar because this product is as close to pure sugar as a product can get."

    Also see: Editor-tested: Kraft Chocolate Peanut Butter

    He then explains how one serving of the candy (17 gummies) has the equivalent amount of sugar as a Twix chocolate bar -- exactly 34

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  • The most romantic day of the year is upon us and we’re taking the opportunity to dish on our biggest relationship turn-offs.

    Yahoo Canada Shine recently spoke to relationship expert Kimberly Moffit to find out what women say is their biggest turn-off.

    Moffit finds that in her practice, distraction is the biggest turn-off cited by women. Don’t bring your cell phone to the dinner table, don’t put the game on if she wants to talk – give your partner your undivided attention.

    “Being distracted sends a very clear message to your date, and that message is ‘you’re not important. You’re my second priority’,” she says.

    We also asked our readers to share their biggest relationship turn-offs. Here’s what you had to say:

    Not surprisingly, distraction was also a frequent turn-off cited by our female readers.

    “OMG when hockey comes he goes into a another world,” writes user MCG. “I am actually jealous of hockey.”

    Also see: The biggest relationship turn-offs for men

    Kristen hit the nail on the head

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  • A new survey has found Canadians would prefer sex to sweets this V-Day. (Thinkstock)Hoping to score brownie points and really charm the pants off your sweetie this Valentine's Day? You might want to consider spicing things up in the bedroom -- and ditching the chocolates.

    A recent survey of over 1,500 Canadians found that the majority of those polled would prefer to have sex over receiving a gift this Valentine's Day, including 73 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women.

    The survey, conducted by digital coupon website, also discovered that the most popular gifts are traditional favourties like cards, chocolate or candy, and flowers.

    A significant portion of men were shown to be procrastinators (surprise surprise!) when it comes to buying gifts, with 27 per cent saying they plan to purchase their gifts the day before Valentine's Day or the day of.

    The good news is that cost doesn't seem to be a concern for most this year, as only 20 per cent of both men and women say they are worried about money this Valentine's Day. Almost 90 per cent of those polled

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