Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • Dr. Jose Antonio does some scientific myth busting and gives you the real low-down on creatine. Dr. Antonio writes this as a guest post on Nick Tumminello’s site so you have to ignore all of the advertising but the post is excellent and we assure you that Dr. Antonio is an expert in this area and a highly reliable source. Don’t take our word for it though, you can check out his biography on the International Society of Sports Nutrition Board of Directors.
  • Nutrition and cognitive function, again! Not surprising given the need for research in this area. Unfortunately, the latest confuses the issue more than it clarifies anything. A systematic review concluded that omega-3 fish oil supplements have no benefits on cognitive health. Importantly, the studies reviewed (three trials totalling 3,536 people) only lasted between 6 months and up to 3.5 years, and were likely not sufficient to determine the true long-term effects. Keep in mind that foods are different than supplements and there are many excellent reasons to eat fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Don’t let this deter you!
  • Summer means healthy, delicious salads but only if you don’t drown them in unhealthy, high fat, high sodium salad dressings! Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck takes you through the healthiest oils for salad dressings. Make your own dressings by mixing these healthy oils with  vinegar in a ratio of 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. Get creative and play with balsamic, sherry, raspberry, cider, and rice vinegars. You can also add some fresh herbs, citrus flavours, or salt and pepper.
  • In case you haven’t heard the Mayor of NYC has put forward an initiative to reduce soda consumption. Check out Marion Nestle’s comments on the initial proposal and follow up on June 2 and June 12. Most frightening, however, is the post on how the soda industry strikes back. Our favourite part is the choice exerpts from a USA Today’s interview with Katie Bayne, Coke’s president in North America. Here’s a taste of how they are sweetening the facts.

    “A calorie is a calorie. What our drinks offer is hydration. That’s essential to the human body. We offer great taste and benefits whether it’s an uplift or carbohydrates or energy. We don’t believe in empty calories. We believe in hydration.”                              

    Scary!

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