Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • Another link between obesity and BPA. Girls between the ages of 9 – 12 years with high levels of bisphenol A (BPA) in their urine had double the risk of being obese as girls with low BPA levels. And we still allow this to line our food cans? Hopefully the FDA will reconsider their position on banning BPA
  • TGIFMice fed a high fat diet and green coffee bean extract did no better weight-wise than mice not receiving the “miracle” supplement, though they were more likely to develop fatty liver!
  • Drink hot cocoa, reduce inflammation? Before you get the chocolate and whipped cream out, the study had NOTHING to do with hot cocoa, but rather unsweetened cocoa powder! Over a 10-day period, mice consuming the human-equivalent of about 10 tbsp of cocoa and a high fat diet experienced reduced insulin levels and inflammation compared with those not getting the cocoa.
  • Monitoring growth patterns shortly birth and onwards can predict childhood obesity. As early as 2 to 4 months of age, rapid growth in weight-to-height were linked strongly with obesity at age 5 years.
  • Olive oil wins again! Following a heart-healthy diet rich in vegetable oils, nuts and seeds is associated with improved survival by 30% in men diagnosed with prostate cancer, particularly when unsaturated fats replaced refined carbs.
  • Sugar drinks reduce stimulation of the brain “sweet spot”? In those with insulin resistance (a significant risk factor for type 2 diabetes), drinking a sugary drink caused  altered release of dopamine in the pleasure centre of the brain when compared with healthy controls.
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