Tag Archives: Food Labeling

Healthy Nibbles: 05 March 2012 Edition

12 Mar

From our eyes to yours … here’s what was up in health and nutrition news for the week of March 5th, 2012:

Pic courtesy of J. Mulik

Following a recent regualtory mandate that warning labels be put on foods containing certain levels of cancer-promoting ingredients, Coca-Cola® and Pepsi® have announced impending changes to the recipe for their iconic caramel colouring. How about just getting rid of the caramel colour all together, because let’s face it, who drinks Coke for its colour? [Healthland TIME]

Contrary to popular belief, Disney may NOT actually be the “happiest place on earth” for all children. Not if you’re an overweight child, anyways. [Vancouver Sun]

When it comes to food labeling, do you know what natural means? Because food experts and regulatory officials don’t always agree. [The Atlantic]

Recent research suggests that both fatness and fitness matter when it comes to promoting a healthy heart. [NY Times]

According to researchers at the University of Laval, healthy isn’t necessarily synonymous with skinny. In fact, they believe that people of every size have the potential to be healthy – provided they focus more on behaviours rather than on scale numbers.  [Vancouver Sun]

Wondering why you just can’t keep from over indulging? Here are some of the most common reasons people tend to overeat, and what you can do to try and minimize that second (… or third) helping. [The Atlantic]

If you’re still on the hunt for a magic weight loss pill, stop. According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, it just doesn’t exist. [Science Daily]

How would you describe the feeling of fat on your tongue? Your answer may be related to your personal preference for fatty foods, and ultimately, your likelihood of obesity. [Science Daily]

Moving from field to plate is no easy task. To better appreciate what you put into your mouth, here’s a journalist’s account of what it’s like on the frontline picking peaches. [The Atlantic]

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]

Healthy Eating Made Easy: Just Follow the ‘Stars’

19 Sep

UofG’s own Prof. Alison Duncan, showed off her telegenic side during a feature interview on Canada AM today.

Adding to the many hats she already wears (HHNS Associate Professor, HNRU Associate Director of Research, organizational guru, super nice person overall), Alison is also a member of the scientific advisory panel for Canada’s new ‘Guiding Stars’ program – a comprehensive and easy-to-use nutritional rating system for the overall quality of food products.

To learn more about the ‘Guiding Stars’ program and how it may help you better navigate your way around supermarket shelves, click on the image below to jump to footage of Alison’s interview. (Note: be sure you’re on the video log for today, September 19th. If you’re pressed for time and don’t feel up to watching the entire show, skip the time cursor to the 10:15 mark to catch her).

Awesome job, Alison!! 🙂

Healthy Nibbles: 12 September 2011 Edition

18 Sep

From our eyes to yours … here’s what’s up in health and nutrition news for the week of September 12th, 2011:

Being able to read food labels requires a basic understanding of some common nutrients and how much of each should be consumed on a daily basis. When it comes to actually understanding food labels, however, it’s important to consider not only the explicit information provided, but also the less obvious implicit information that is all too often overlooked. To help read between the lines, here’s a run down of some of the common ways that food labels may mislead consumers. [Health Zone] Missing from this list, however, …

… are a few ‘hidden’ (and really rather questionable) ingredients that are often glossed over on nutrition facts panels. [Washington Post] If all of this ambiguous and misleading labeling has you questioning your competency as a health conscious consumer, fear not, …

… a novel nutrition rating system is stepping into the Canadian spotlight to help delineate some of the confusion surrounding food labels. According to the new ‘Guiding Stars’ program, ingredient and nutritional content information is integrated into a single, comprehensive rating such that the more stars a food product receives, the better its overall nutritional value. Extra stars for those of you who recognize the HHNS faculty member who was not only mentioned in this article, but who also serves as a member of the scientific advisory panel for the program. [Globe & Mail]

Student life is typified by the (0ver) consumption of various hallmark beverages. After all, the process of grant/ethics/term paper/thesis writing seems to necessitate bottomless cups of coffee, beer, and energy drinks (not necessarily in that order). That being said, it pays to know how some common beverages contribute our overall health, and how each of them stack up when it comes to quenching thirst or adding pounds. [Health Zone]

Food accessibility is just one aspect of promoting healthy consumption. The other, often more complex component is actually getting people to take advantage of it. Such is the challenge that administrators of Novato High School in California are currently experiencing. In spite of valiant efforts to MAKE cafeteria meals more healthy, some students are still opting to buy their food from local food trucks that cater to cravings for less healthy options such as hot (are you kidding me?!) Cheetos. On the bright side, at least these teens are getting some exercise by walking to and from these food trucks, right? Small comfort, I know. Can’t blame a girl for trying to be optimistic. [NY Times]