Flavour of the Week


  • Was carbonation to blame all along? In the newest issue of Gastroenterology,  Italian researchers used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to monitor brain activity in response to sweetness from beverages.
    The presence of carbonation altered responses to both naturally (read: high-fructose corn syrup) or artificially sweetened beverages, with brain activity showing a reduced response to sweetness when beverages were carbonated.
  • Food as religion. Interesting article on “dietary proselytization” from Dr. Yoni Freedhoff. Our favourite advice from the post:

    “The easiest question to evaluate any dietary plan or religion is simply, “Could I happily live like this for the rest of my life?” where the most important word in that question is “happily.” If the answer’s “No,” you’ve either got to get comfortable with adding in some sinning, or find another way to go.”
  • TGIFNew research from Yale University suggests that binge-eating has more serious health consequences for men. When compared with women seeking help for binge-eating disorder, men who binge eat were three times more likely to be diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, even after controlling for weight.
  • In a large cohort of Finnish men, a healthy diet – rich in vegetables, fruits, berries, whole-grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy – was linked to a significantly lower risk of depression.

    Conversely, a “junk food diet” was linked to greater risk of depressive symptoms. A junk food diet was characterized by high intake of sausages, processed meats, sugar-containing desserts and snacks, sugary drinks, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates.

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