- Fast food chains are still targeting kids with their advertising. Furthermore, although a few “healthy” sides are now available, they are still optional NOT the default and the number of unhealthy choices has also increased.
- Can we blame type 1 diabetes on gluten? The bacteria that live in your gut (called the intestinal microbiome) can be beneficial or harmful and thus promote health or increase the risk of disease. Each individual has a unique gut microbiome – sort of like a finger print.
There are a variety of factors that can affect the gut microbiome and of course one is diet. Researchers have found that mice following a gluten-free diet had a reduced incidence of type 1 diabetes, which they linked to changes in the gut bacteria. As always, caution is advised when translating results from animal studies to humans and we’re waiting for confirmatory studies. The full study can be accessed online free of charge.
- Tomato Technology! UCLA has genetically engineered a tomato that mimics the function of a protein in the HDL “good” cholesterol. When they fed the genetically engineered tomato to mice, they saw improvements in cholesterol levels. The line between “food” and “medicine” continues to blur.
- Mexico’s legislature passes an 8% soda pop tax. It should be interesting to see if this has an effect on their staggering obesity rates; especially, as soda pop is almost a staple of the Mexican diet.
- The Heart and Stroke Health Check program is under attack AGAIN. This time for the amount of sugar they will allow in a Health Check food.