Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • The skinny on milk fat. Check out a recent article by Registered Dietitian Jennifer Sygo on why milk fat may not be as bad for your heart as previously thought. Furthermore, as we’ve mentioned before in our post Milk – The latest “Supervillan” Food? there is a sizeable body of literature that suggests that milk may also promote weight loss. Before you get too excited and eat the entire block of cheese, heed her warning about portion control for high-fat, dairy products!
  • Green tea gets an A+ Studies in mice find that epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) – a compound found in green tea – can help neurons generate in the hippocampus, a part of the brain often associated with memory. In mice this meant they could find a hidden platform more quickly suggesting enhanced memory and learning. Who knows what this means for humans? BUT it can’t hurt to replace that high-fat, high-sugar caramel macchiato with a green tea every once in a while!
  • A recent meta-analysis of organic vs. conventional diets didn’t find any significant difference with respect to nutrients or chemical contamination. Keep in mind, the included studies were fairly short in duration – from 2 days to 2 years – and did not consider long-term health. If you are thinking of going organic for health, we still like the Environmental Working Groups’s Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 as a guide for when to buy organic and when to save your money.
  • The Globe and Mail stands up for bologna! We’re not sure why and the article sure didn’t convince us. We understand making lunches day after day is challenging but surely we can do better than a bologna sandwich. We still say feeding children bologna is baloney!
  • New case-control research links metabolic syndrome (MetS) in adolescents with poorer cognitive performance. Although 40% of teens in non-metabolic syndrome group were obese (so not the picture of perfect health either), having MetS was correlated with significantly poorer performance in reading and math compared to those without metabolic syndrome.
  • Foods that can help with vision. A quick summary of the foods that have been associated with a reduced risk of macular degeneration, a disease that leads to vision loss.
  • Self-fulfilling prophecy more powerful than medication? Qualitatitive interviews involving those on weight loss medication orlistat suggest that lack of success on medication may be attributable to personal beliefs regarding self-efficacy and identifying oneself as a lifelong “dieter”.
  • “Fit vs. Fat” – more fuel to the anti-BMI fire. A new study in the European Heart Journal indicates that it is possible to be obese and still metabolically healthy… the secret is physical activity; a high fitness level is key.
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