- Butter vs. Margarine? The controversy continues regarding the health concerns (or not) of saturated fats; particularly the saturated fats in butter and dairy products. The issue is by no means resolved, but for more information you can check out the recent Globe and Mail story as well as the BBC report on the topic.
What is clear, is that processed foods that have been made “low fat” by adding sugar and salt are not healthier choices.
- Can your genetics really cause you to have a slow metabolism? New research suggests yes BUT notes that less than 1% of people are affected. When we compare this to the 23% of the Canadian population that falls in the obese category it’s easy to see that the genetically determined “slow metabolism” found by these researchers could only account for a small percentage of obesity cases.
- Another strike against bacon! Processed red meats – yes, pork is classified as a red meat according to the US Department of Agriculture – have been associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, some people are affected more than others.
An estimated 33% of the population has an alteration in their genetics that increases their risk of developing colorectal cancer if they regularly consume processed red meats. On the plus side, some people have a genetic make up that further reduces their risk of colorectal cancer if they eat their fruits and veggies!
- TV fast-food advertising again linked to obesity rates in youth. It may be a chicken or egg situation but regardless obese youth had higher advertising receptivity scores – meaning they were more likely to be able to be able to identify the brand in fast-food advertisements and have seen the advertisement previously.
- Plant sterols – a plant chemical that is similar to cholesterol – may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Check out Darya Rose’s Summer Tomato blog post “Diets Really Do Work, You’re Just Doing it Wrong” for a balanced take on the psychology of diets and some great tips on how to make your weight loss diet successful.