Flavour of the Week


  • Another point for lifestyle interventions in the treatment of obesity and associated diseases! A recent study found that weight loss, achieved by calorie restriction, improves heart function in obese patients with type two diabetes. The catch, the patients consumed only 500 kcal/d, not a realistic intake over the long term. A 14 month follow-up, where the subjects ate a regular diet and experienced weight regain (no surprise), still found some benefits but who knows how long this will last? Disclaimer: A 500 kcal/d diet should only be followed under the direction of a qualified health care provider. The question is would a more moderate and sustainable calorie restriction also have benefits?
  • What is the role of HDL, the good cholesterol, in heart attacks? We’re not sure yet…
  • Oh food labels! People aren’t using them to make healthy choices. The conclusion from the Food Labeling to Advance Better Education for Life (FLABEL) project? Here is the quote from Professor Klaus Grunet, the FLABEL’s scientific advisor

“When prompted, consumers were able to identify which products were healthier, but they did not use this information to choose which product they prefer. A lack of consumer motivation, therefore, is one factor standing in the way of healthy food choices resulting from nutrition labeling.”

Petra Rattue. (2011, November 27). “Healthier Food Choices Impacted By Low Motivation And Attention, Not The Labeling Itself.” Medical News Today.


One thought on “TGIF

  1. To those organizations attempting to improve peoples healthy choices and create healthy eating and lifestyle habits– good on you! It is a difficult task. Based on Professor Grunet’s quote, we as consumers are clearly educated on the facts of healthy eating and recognizing a healthy food when we see it, we’re just not smart enough to make the connection that eating that healthy food would in turn make us healthier! Or perhaps we do realize the connection and are blatantly ignoring the fact that a healthy diet reduces risks such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes etc. Either way we as consumers are not looking all that bright…

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