Flavour of the Week


  • Based on analysis from 62 studies involving over 600,000 individuals, researchers estimate consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide. Sugar sweetened beverages include any sugary sodas, fruit drinks, sports/energy drinks, sweet iced teas, or homemade drinks that contain at least 50 kcalorie per cup.

    TGIFBased on meta-analyses of other published evidence on health harms of sugar-sweetened beverages, the investigators estimate that in 2010, sugar-sweetened beverages to to 133,000 deaths from diabetes, 45,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and 6,450 deaths from cancer. And still no plans for “added sugars” to be adequately reflected on nutrition labels…
  • The Three R’s of eliminating picky eating in kids: Repetition, Role Modelling and Rewards. New research from the UK suggests using the Three R’s in your parenting repertoire could improve vegetable intake in children. And no, the rewards were not food-related… simply praise for trying something new. The hitch? Role modelling was very important, which means parents need to eat their veggies too!
  • Adventurous eaters or “foodies” may eat healthier than their less adventurous counterparts. In self-report data from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, 502 women who had eaten the widest variety of uncommon foods – including seitan, beef tongue, Kimchi, rabbit, and polenta – also rated themselves as healthier eaters, more physically active, and more concerned with the healthfulness of their food.

    How does co-author Dr. Brian Wansink link the study findings to dieting? “Instead of sticking with the same boring salad, start by adding something new. It could kick start a more novel, fun and healthy life of food adventure.”
  • In a meta-analysis of 12 randomized, controlled diet trials going vegetarian – or even better vegan – was associated with significantly greater weight loss success than sticking with other diet regimes like Atkins, low-fat or cholesterol-controlling.

    How big was the difference? Vegans lost about 2.5 kg more than non-vegans, while lacto-ovo vegetarians (those who include milk products and eggs) lost about 1.5 kg more. At more than one-year post-intervention the differences lessened to about 1 kg – not surprising given weight regain is always a problem.

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