- Practice antibiotic abstinence in your food choices. Currently, many Canadian companies use antibiotics in their livestock (often unnecessarily). The widespread use of antibiotics encourages the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria, which could have long term health consequences. Check out the Globe and Mail report “Do you know what antibiotics you’re eating?” for an update on antibiotic use the Canadian food supply.
- Iron supplements improve exercise performance in females. Unfortunately, you need to read much farther down the article to find out that the effects were really only seen in females of reproductive age, who were deficient in iron and were training for competitions or elite athletes. Do not take iron supplements without first consulting a physician and having your blood levels tested. Excessive iron can be extremely harmful to your health.
- High-fat diets linked to increased risk of breast cancer. The association was found when the fat intakes was primarily in the form of saturated fat. Furthermore, the link was specific to the type of breast cancer (estrogen receptor and progesterone receptor-positive breast cancer and human epidermal growth factor 2 receptors-negative disease).
- Beans, beans, the more you eat, the lower your cholesterol! Eating beans (3/4 cup) on a daily basis has been found to reduce LDL cholesterol “bad cholesterol”. Reducing LDL cholesterol is significant as it is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Can junk food make you lazy? Yes! Talk about a vicious circle. A lack of physical activity can lead to obesity; and a poor diet is now linked to a lack of physical activity. The research was conducted in rats, but there is no reason to suspect that people would respond any differently.
- Are you genetically programmed to love exercise? Turns out some rats can be bred to find running rewarding. If this isn’t you take heart – the reluctant (to run) rats had changes in their brains that would suggest they were finding running increasingly rewarding with practice. Could the same be true for people?