Flavour of the Week


  • New research suggests there are two ways to potentially stimulate the conversion of white “fat storage” adipose tissue to brown “fat burning” adipose – shivering and exercise. Given recent weather, this is great news for those of us in cold climates! Exercising for one hour at a moderate intensity an equal amount of irisin – a hormone that helps convert white to brown fat – as only 12 – 15 minutes of shivering!
  • What does “whole grain” actually mean? The era of Wonder Bread claiming to be whole grain may be over with the release of the HEALTHGRAIN definition from the EU. To be considered whole grain, products must contain ALL principle components of whole grains – endosperm, germ and bran – AND they must be found in amounts similar to an intact grain. No more adding dash of whole wheat flour and slapping “whole grain” on the label… hopefully this new definition makes its way to the FDA.
  • We couldn’t agree more – it’s time for the Nutrition Fact panel to get an overhaul. A lot has changed in nutrition the last 20 years! What do we think should change? A good start would be mandatory PORTION-based Serving Size information – no more of this only reporting calories in half of a bottle of juice drink! We’d also like to see the inclusion of GMO labelling and added sugar quantification, as well as a greater emphasis on looking at ingredient lists… they often tell you more about the quality of your food than simply nutrient content.
  • TGIFAs Jill discussed in a previous post, Antioxidant Supplements: Helpful or Harmful?, overdoing it on antioxidants can actually interfere with natural antioxidant production in the body. Now there is more evidence to support this idea! Researchers of Norway found that vitamin C and E supplements (both potent antioxidants) reduced muscle repair and development in a group of athletes.
  • Check out the video of the Canada’s Food Guide debate held in Ottawa last week. Like any stand-alone educational material, it’s easy to call Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide confusing, outdated or misleading. But when taken in context and followed appropriately (i.e., with some good judgement), we don’t personally think the Food Guide promotes obesity. If you polled Canadians, how many of them would really suggest that following the Food Guide to the letter was to blame for their weight gain?
  • Are cleanses the answer? If you read this blog frequently (or even occasionally) you should know the answer is a resounding NO! If you need more convincing; however, you can check out CBC’s Market Place Detox Challenge.

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