Flavour of the Week


  • Are organic foods worth the extra money? Check out Casey Berglund’s great summary of the pros and cons of organic vs non-organically produced foods. If you are really interested, make sure you follow the links and check out the primary sources she TGIFprovides.
  • Coffee and tea may help keep your liver healthy. In the last couple of years the reputation of coffee has switched from “guilty pleasure” to “drink up” when it was realized that it may have health benefits. The newest one is a reduction in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) with four cups of coffee or tea a day. NAFLD is a disease where fat accumulates in the liver and can decrease liver function. It is typically associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. The authors think caffeine is the beneficial ingredient but these are preliminary studies in mice. Watch the sugar and fat in the coffee drinks though! It’s not the whip cream that is healthy.
  • The Mediterranean Diet strikes again! This time it is thought to be protective against developing type 2 diabetes. Interestingly, the study also looked at the amount of carbohydrates and found that those in the highest group for glycemic load (the amount of available carbohydrate) were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

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