- Beef has been in the spotlight because of E. coli contamination and dodgy practices at XL Foods, but it turns out meat is not the only recall hitting grocery stores this month. Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats have been recalled because of possible metal fragments inside cereal boxes. Yikes!
- Blue honey anyone? Bees living near an plant processing waste from M&M candies are bringing that lovely dye back to their hives and making colourful honey. Scary stuff!
- Need another reason to support the importance of a healthy body weight? How about reduced risk of cancer? The World Cancer Research Fund highlights the link between cancer and increased body weight in their Continuous Update Project report or you can seen the quick summary in The Independent.
- A blood test to assess risk for heart attack, diabetes and breast cancer? Turns out that higher levels of the satiety hormone neurotensin is positively correlated with all three diseases in females.
- Vending machines in the U.S. will soon have to display the calorie content of beverages. We hope someone is doing a study on this initiative to see if it has an impact…
- No more bingeing on cookies, ice cream and candy when you are feeling down! It seems fruits and vegetables (7 servings per day) are the key to mental well-being. The study is correlational and future RCTs are required but we’ve never known a situation where eating seven servings of fruits and vegetables has done more harm than good. We’re willing to jump the gun on this one and say put a smile on your face and eat your salad!
- Drs. Brian Wansink and Pierre Chandon argue that healthy food marketing and profits are not mutually exclusive. Food marketers can entice the public to want healthy foods AND boost their sales – sound like a win-win! Stay tuned for our review of the remaining Ps from the 4Ps of food marketing – Product and Placement – in part 2 of Selling Obesity on Monday.