Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • If you missed our Facebook post, check out this Top Ten Things People Said After Eating KFC’s Double Down Dog on David Letterman. Our favourite? “Should I be sweating cheese?” Probably not.
  • TGIFWe couldn’t agree more! The current Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) allow for up to 25% of total caloric intake from added sugars, which experts agree to far too high given all we now know about the public health consequences of our sugar-laden diet. The World Health Organization recommends < 10% of total kcalories from added sugar.

    What does 10% of total kcalories look like? If you consume roughly 2,000 kcalories per day and drink one can of regular soda, you are consuming about 7.8% of your total kcalories from the added sugar in the ONE soda, not to mention any “hidden” added sugar you might be consuming in yogurt, crackers and condiments. If you drink one 590 ml bottle, well, that’s roughly 14% of total kcalories from added sugar.
  • Perhaps the recent villainization (likely justified) of sugar is what has inspired Coca Cola to cut back the sweetness and calories in their Canadian product. Don’t get too excited though, this still won’t make Coke a healthy choice and apparently all the reformulation is doing is bringing the Canadian product in-line with the formula used in other countries. We have been drinking a sweeter version of the cola all along!
  • High blood pressure is often identified as the biggest contributor factor to stroke risk but new research suggests how much you drink may greatly impact risk, particularly in middle-aged adults. Findings from the Swedish Twin Registry indicate stroke risk was 34% higher in “heavy drinkers” (two or more drinks per day) when compared with “light drinkers” (less than 1/2 drink per day).

    Heavy drinkers were more likely to have strokes earlier in mid-life (50s and 60s) even when blood pressure and diabetes were controlled for, with middle-aged heavy drinkers experiencing strokes about 5 years earlier than their lighter drinking counterparts.
  • A new expert Personal View article published in The Lancet Psychiatry explores nutritional psychiatry – how what you eat can impact your mental health, whether diet quality or potential dysfunction in nutrient metabolism.
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