Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • You can blame your FATHER too! In the past the focus has been on mother’s nutrition and infant health; but it turns out a father’s diet pre-conception can affect the health of his child. It is well established that a folate(or folic acid) deficiency in the mother’s diet can increase the chances of birth defects; AND the same goes for the father. In mice, a folate deficiency in the father’s diet increased the risk of birth defects by almost 30%. The researchers theorize that dietary folate can affect the sperm and influence how genes are turned on and off.
  • Celiac disease vs. gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease is a well defined disorder than can be diagnosed with a blood test and can be further confirmed by a biopsy. Gluten sensitivity is more of a grey area with some debate as to whether it is even a condition at all – or if the problems is gluten or some other component of wheat. Individuals with “gluten sensitivity” report GI problems when consuming gluten containing products such as wheat, barely, and rye.
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