Healthy Nibbles: 26 September 2011 Edition

3 Oct

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of September 26th, 2011:

I used to think that I was relatively immune to some of the more common illnesses such as seasonal colds (naively walking around outside during bitter winters with long, wet hair). But alas, I’ve since realized that regrettably I am so NOT 😦 Although last week I had good intentions to blog about sketchy supplement labeling, the relationship between weight and food impulses, how exercise may help in the fight against smoking, and the 40th anniversary of cancer research, due to a wicked head cold I opted to hide out in bed instead. Just in case you too fell victim to Mother Nature’s chilly disposition as of late, or were just plain old curious, click on each of the respective links above to catch up on these healthful nibbles.

In the nutrition world there are a handful of questions that continually pop up yet remain relatively unresolved. For example, which are better – whole foods or concentrated supplements, and what exactly does ‘natural’ mean? Equally uncertain are the health benefits of organic versus conventionally grown produce … until now that is. Spanish researchers have tackled this enduring question in a recent study examining the polyphenol content of organic and non-organic tomato juice. With an infinite amount of other foods that could be up for similar examination, I’m thinking that these researchers will be clocking some seriously LONG working hours in the near future! [Science Daily]

For athletes, choosing the right diet cannot only make the difference for short and long term health, but also for performance. With a plethora of different diet fads currently available, choosing which one can actually optimize performance can be a challenge in its own right. To help shed some light on this issue, registered dietitian Jennifer Sygo breaks down which fad diets for athletes are worthy of a gold medal, and which are best left to watch from the sidelines. [National Post]

Besides just semantics, what’s the difference between ‘fatness’ and ‘fitness’? According to researchers from Duke University, a ton (no pun intended). In their recent animal study, they found that engaging mice in regular exercise routines (fitness) helped mitigate the negative effects of obesity on the progression of arthritis-related inflammation irrespective of any weight loss (fatness). These findings suggest that tipping the scale towards skinny may not be the only reason to get your sweat on. Exercising just for the sake of exercising? Sounds so simple and yet why is it sometimes still SO hard. [Science Daily]

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