Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • Can perfume help you lose weight? A new French weight-loss-fragrance already has a huge wait list, despite some pretty questionable claims. This “eau de mincer” contains betaphroline, which manufacturers tout as activating endorphin release, resulting in a happier you who is less inclined to snack. Hopefully it at least smells good because it’s doubtful to do much else!
  • Interesting take on the eat-local food movement – is local really better for the environment? “The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-mile Diet” suggests that larger-scale farms may have a smaller carbon footprint owing to less input, more output… but we aren’t sold! Bridging the gap between consumers and their foods isn’t just about economics!
  • In a study of more than 7,000 young children, healthier diet is linked with higher IQ later in childhood, while junk food consumption is associated with reduced IQ. Although the actual IQ differences were minor (~ 2 points), diet’s were assessed at 6 – 24 months and IQ tested at 8 years of age – imagine what a lifetime of junk food does to your IQ.
  • Working women, especially those with full-time or overtime hours, gain more weight annually than their part-time and out-of-the-workforce counterparts. Check out Obesity Panacea‘s tips for incorporating activity into your day.
  • The power of negative thinking – teens who think they are fat are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults. Of those normal body weight teens who believed themselves to be overweight, 78% later became overweight as adults. This trend was even more pronounced in girls.
  • In an effort to remove calorie-laden beverages from school vending machines and cafeterias, the School Beverage Guidelines have been successful in reducing the availability of pop by 50%. Sugar-sweetened fruit drinks and sports drinks, however, are still readily available owing to the perception that they are “healthier” options. We hope ALL sugar-sweetened beverages get the axe in upcoming guidelines, not just pop!
  • Healthier employees = more productive employees. A new study shows that employees with unhealthy diets and low levels of activity are much more likely to suffer losses in productivity than those who eat well, move more. A note to employers: promoting healthy eating and physical activity in the workplace with education, incentives and programs will benefit your staff *and* bottom line!

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