- Will we finally start making progress towards clear, useful food labels? The UK Department of Health is launching a food labelling consultation focused on front-of-label-packaging. Currently, in Canada, the official food label (sometimes tiny and hidden on the side or back panel) is highly regulated BUT you can advertise certain aspects of a product on the front of the package and this is NOT regulated. For instance, you could note that your product is trans-fat free in large bold font while not mentioning that the product is chock-full of sugar and salt. Keep a close watch and hope that Canada follows suit.
- What to drink? Surprise! The answer is water – again. We have often mentioned the benefits of drinking water to help to control food intake and as a zero calorie way of staying hydrated. Now new research suggests that drinking water with your meals may positively impact your food choices. Turns out that drinking water with your meals encourages you to eat veggies, whereas, sugar sweetened beverages are linked to salty high calorie foods like fries. Check out our tips on how to add a little flavour to your water.
- Get Cracking! More support for eggs as part of a healthy breakfast. It seems that people who ate egg protein for breakfast felt full for longer and ate less at lunch than those that ate ready-to-eat-cereals. Concerned about the yolks? Read our post on The Yolk – A Burden or a Blessing to assuage your fears.
- High pre-pregnancy body weight and excessive weight gain during pregnancy negatively impacts children into adulthood. Stay tuned for our take on Fetal Programming in Flavour of the Week.
- Experts estimate any taxes on unhealthy food and drink would need to be at least 20% to be effective and deter consumers. The Danish “fat tax” applied in late 2011 is about 35%, but no word on whether it’s been successful. The recent Conference Board of Canada report does encourage government legislation, but given our government’s track record… doubtful we’ll be paying more for junk food any time soon.
- Yup – some dietary supplements, especially in higher amounts, may increase your risk of cancer. Beta-carotene, folic acid and selenium all appear to increase cancer risk when intake is very high. Our advice? Always stay below the UL for micronutrients and always go with food first!