Flavour of the Week

TGIF


It’s been a busy week now that the holidays are over! Here are the week’s top headlines…

  • Another good reason to limit your juice consumption! With frost in Florida, the world looks to Brazil for orange juice production but recent reports suggest their OJ may be contaminated with carbendazim (a fungicide). Health Canada says not to worry… but as a suspected endocrine and fertility disruptor we aren’t crazy about the idea of ingesting this compound, no matter how small the amount.
  • On that note… The Nature of Things tackles the link between small-dose chemical exposure (particularly those that interrupt endocrine function) and the obesity epidemic. Time to source out BPA-free canned goods!
  • In a shocking turn of events (sarcasm implied), Canadians don’t eat enough vegetables and fruit! Quebecers and women should give themselves a pat on the back though – their intakes were higher than their provincial and gender counterparts, respectively.
  • Weight loss success may be related to better sympathetic nervous system activity (think fight-or-flight). How do you promote sympathetic nervous system function and tone? Be less chronically stressed – include daily activity, do yoga, meditate and relax! For a great read, we suggest Dr. Robert Sapolsky’s Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.
  • Side-by-side view of actual fast food and their advertised versions – that Whopper Jr. is one sad looking cheeseburger! You get what you pay for…
  • The Hygiene Hypothesis suggests that increasingly sterile environments filled with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer may be contributed to the rise of IBD, along with more refined sugars and less fibre in our diets.
  • More anti-low carb data. Increased intake of low GI carbs like whole grains and legumes reduces inflammation in overweight and obese.
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