Flavour of the Week


TGIFIt’s been a slow week in nutrition news – everyone is still resetting their “food clock” after the holidays!

  • Great news in the fight against childhood obesity – we may be making some progress! Data from the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS) recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that rates of obesity in young, low-income children actually declined between 2003 to 2010.
  • A new study from the University of Illinois confirms that spending more time in the car is, indeed, linked to weight gain. By simply driving 1 mile (1.6 km) less per day (presumably walking instead), researchers estimate that the US national average for BMI would be decreased by 0.21 points over 6 years – doesn’t sound significant, but 1 mile is only 18 – 20 minutes of cumulative walking. It all adds up!
  • Have high blood pressure? Try gazpacho. Gazpacho, a chilled soup containing tomato, cucumber, garlic and olive oil, has been associated with improvements in hypertension, likely related it’s potassium, carotenoid and phytochemical content.
  • And for those planning to over-imbibe on NYE – eat asparagus before you go out? Based on rat and human liver cultures, the complement of amino acids and minerals found in asparagus may alleviate the “cellular toxicities” associated with alcohol-induced hangovers, and may actually protect liver cells against toxins and inflammation.

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