- According to Health Canada, 73% of the population uses Natural Health Products (dietary supplements). The effectiveness of these products is often questionable AND so are the products themselves.
A recent report by the University of Guelph used DNA testing to check 44 Natural Health Products from 12 different companies and found that often the products contained fillers not specified on the label or didn’t contain the supplement promised. Buyer Beware!
- It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada and Vegetarian Awareness Month. Can these two happily co-exist? Absolutely! Don’t be a chicken (or turkey as the case may be!) and check out these vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes.
- Could Instagram-ing food be weight maintenance strategy? Researchers suggest that looking repeatedly at photos of food may lead to being “satiated on the specific sensory experience” and a reduced appetite for that food or food group. We are a bit skeptical on this one – food magazines always leave us hungry!
- Video games are being used to promote unhealthy foods to kids. “Advergames” are online games (usually free) that promote products or services in a fun and engaging manner AND they are often aimed at children. When researchers looked at the products incorporated into these games they found foods that were high in fat, sugar, and sodium.
- Polyphenols are compounds naturally found in plants such as fruits, nuts, coffee, tea, vegetables, grains, and legumes. In support of a plant based diets, researchers found that eating foods containing polyphenols may reduce overall mortality by 30% in those consuming >650mg/d as compared to those consuming >500mg/d.