Flavour of the Week


  • The Center for Science in the Public Interest fights back when a 5-Hour Energy Drink ad suggests the group has deemed the controversial energy drink as safe.
  • Could obesity really top hunger and malnutrition with respect to worldwide health and economic burden? So says this review in The Lancet.
  • The top 10 food searches in Canada in 2012 – so long quinoa! At #1, bacon; followed by poutine, maple syrup, Yorkshire pudding, bannock, smoked meat, Kraft Dinner, butter tarts, sucre a la crème and sugar pie. Yikes!
  • Quantity of life vs. quality of life. Sure, we’re living longer… but we’re living longer with staggering health problems and chronic disease.
  • Yoni Freedhoff’s “What’s A Food Industry to Do?” (via Obesity Panacea) highlights the very worst in sinister food advertising.
  • More evidence that higher taxes on junk foods reduce their consumption. The review of published studies found that every 1% increase in junk food price would equate to a 0.02% decline in consumption. Not too shabby return on investment!
  • The addition of a mobile tracking app along with traditional weight loss education is shown to help support long-term weight loss. While awareness of your habits and personal accountability is certainly (more than) half of the battle, this wasn’t just recording intake and activity – the mobile app also gave participants access to a remote health coach, who provided feedback. Here’s a great list of weight management apps reviewed by dietitians at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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