Flavour of the Week


  • Phytoestrogens affect behaviour in monkeys. Plants produce phytochemicals, some of which are very similar to hormones found in humans. An example would be phytoestrogens, an estrogen-like compound commonly found in soy products. The effects of these plant-based hormones on human physiology and behaviour is still unclear. New research has found that the more estrogen-like compounds the monkeys ate, the higher their levels of aggression and sexual activity. Furthermore, the estrogen-like compounds increased the levels of the hormones estradiol (involved in sexual development and reproduction) and cortisol (involved in the stress response).
  • Is sending your kids to daycare setting them up to be overweight? Researchers report children who primarily attend day care between 1.5 years and 4 years of age are 50% more likely to be overweight or obese than those cared for at home. The recommendation, don’t panic! Do your best to ensure children are eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise at home and at daycare. There are always limitations to studies, but it can’t hurt to provide better education to those caring for children, whether it’s parents or daycare workers.
  • The French tax Nutella???? The tax is not just for Nutella (although some would argue that the chocolate spread warrants it’s own punishment), it actually targets any food that contains palm oil. They propose to quadruple the tax on food products containing palm oil. It appears that Nutella is the only product that anyone is really concern about though.

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