- March is Nutrition month in Canada and the U.S.! Celebrate by taking the challenge and making a healthy change. Even better if you can encourage others to do the same.
- Bigger and bolder! Changes are in the works for the nutrition facts label (at least in the U.S.). For a quick overview of the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed changes you can check out Andy Bellati’s summary on the Huffington Post blogs. According the Globe and Mail, Canada is in the consultation phase so stay tuned.
- News that chocolate has some health benefits is always worth sharing. Researchers have been trying to figure out why dark chocolate may be good for your heart. They found that dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels flexible and prevents white blood cells from sticking to the walls. This is good news for your heart as it keeps the pathways open. theoretically reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
- Good new for obesity rates in the U.S. The CDC reports a decline in obesity rates in children 2 to 5 years. Although the exact reasons why are unclear, some suggestions include: a decline in sugar sweetened beverages, improved nutrition and physical activity standards and an increase in the number of children being breastfed. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.
- Do you really need your receipt? Think twice, not only does taking a receipt waste paper but now it may increase levels of BPA (the same BPA in plastic bottles and the lining of many canned foods). For more information on the health concerns with BPA check out our previous post Bisphenol A: Less is More, None is Better.