Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • March is Nutrition Month! Check out these Pack-and-Go Solutions from Dietitians of Canada or the National Nutrition Month website from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
  • Despite the recent winter storms, the Shamrock Shake means Spring is on the way! Here’s an interesting timeline of the green-dyed, dairy-based favourite – it’s nearly 50 years old! – but you might not want to look at the ingredient list, a pu pu platter of food additives.
  • Speaking of food additives, check out Marion Nestle’s interview with OZY, appropriately titled Dear Marion: What’s in our Food?, as well as her CNN opinion article on Nestle USA’s decision to pull artificial colours from its chocolate products by years-end.
  • If the weather has you curled up on the couch or heading to the theatre to watch a movie, your might want to forgo the tearjerker. In a “dumpster diving analysis”, a newly reported study from Dr. Brian Wansink showed movie-goers watching sad movies ate between 28 and 55 percent more popcorn both in the lab and in a mall theater compared with those watching a comedy. The research from Cornell Food and Brand Lab never ceases to interest us!

    The movies? The data is a bit old (2002) – they compared Solaris vs. My Big Fat Greek Wedding. We’ve seen both films and hope Wansink et al. controlled for boredom as a confounder! Sorry, George Clooney but the original Solaris is much better.
  • Looks like Gatorade might not be enough! While sports drinks are superior to plain, old water for endurance athletes owing to their better hydration properties and electrolytes, Spanish researchers recently showed that adding MORE salt improved performance. By increasing sodium intake – more effectively replacing that lost in sweat – triathletes consuming sports drinks plus salt capsules took 26 minutes less to complete a half triathlon than those consuming only sports drinks.
  • How do you protect yourself against heart disease? A recent study from Greece suggests following a Mediterranean diet for a decade may cut your risk of heart disease in HALF. Similarly, a heavy-on-plants diet (“pro-vegetarian” or “semi-vegetarian”) may reduce risk by 20%.
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