Flavour of the Week

TGIF


  • Good news for Canadians confused by food labels; well, “proposed” good news, that is! Health Canada plans to revamp nutrition labels by making serving sizes more consistent, giving more ingredient information and adding the percent daily value (%DV) for sugars. They are also planning to scrap vitamins A and C, adding potassium to the micronutrients listed instead.

    What’s missing? There are NO plans to distinguish naturally-occurring sugars from those added during processing, like the FDA proposed for labels in the US last August. There is no denying Health Canada’s proposed changes are a step in the right direction, BUT are they enough? We are feeling a bit underwhelmed… particularly given the added sugars omission.
  • TGIFThe soaring temperatures this week, staying hydrated is crucial. Unfortunately, new data suggests nearly half of children and adolescents are poorly hydrated. Bad news for coping with summer heat, but adequate water intake may also protect against specific types of cancer – bladder, breast and prostate. So raise a glass… of water!
  • That daily sugar-sweetened beverage may be visibly adding to your waistline and invisibly damaging your liver. Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages daily was significantly associated with a greater risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, even after controlling for age, gender, BMI, and other factors such as calorie intake, alcohol, and smoking.

    Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the accumulation of fat in the liver, which can lead to permanent damage and even liver failure. Risk factors include being overweight or obese and poorly controlled blood sugar, though 25% of those with NAFLD may not have overt symptoms. What’s the culprit in sugar-sweetened beverages? Likely the combo of unnecessary kcalories and sugar. The common scapegoat pointed to is usually fructose, though things may not be that simple.
  • New research in Psychiatry Research has linked eating fermented foods with reduced symptoms of social anxiety in young adults. Researchers administered questionnaires assessing social anxiety, eating habits, and exercise. Both exercise and fermented food consumption were associated with reduced social anxiety, particularly neuroticism.

    For more information on fermented foods, check out our previous posts: Fermented Foods 101 and Foods with Funk: Is Fermented Better?
  • Exercise like a six year old and reap more benefits? When teenagers consumed a fatty meal, markers of blood glucose and fat metabolism were improved in those doing several short, two minute bursts of intense activity vs. an equivalent time of moderate activity. This style of activity replicates what kids do!

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