The best in nutritional news from the past few weeks – enjoy!
The use of soy has become somewhat controversial due to the fact that they contain phytoestrogens – these are compounds that mirror the function of our own estrogen. The Toronto Star published an article by Michele Henry titled The Pros and Cons of Soy: Food Fight which I thought was a great starting place for those interested in researching the use of soy in their diet. The author doesn’t go into the impact of phytoestrogens on specific conditions and disorders but overall I thought this article presented a balanced view.
Dr. Catherine Cook wrote an excellent piece called Distrust Affects Aboriginal Health Care in the Winnipeg Free Press on the issues surrounding Aboriginal Health Care here in Canada. I enjoyed this story because Cook herself is both Métis, VP of Population and Aboriginal Health for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, and works as a councillor for Health Council of Canada. Her collection of experience enables a well-rounded viewpoint of why the Aboriginal population in Canada faces such a unique challenge, one which according to Cook boils down to distrust.
Healthy Foods That Aren’t Really by Anita Morely of LakeNewsOnline is an easy to read and digest (pardon the pun) rundown of foods that seem like they would be good for you but probably aren’t. On her list? Granola, Veggie Chips, Instant Oatmeal, Agave Nectar, Fat Free Anything, and Yogurt Covered Foods.
I never thought we would have access to this kind of information, but results from a survey on childhood nutrition in the Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was released this week. The survey was conducted by North Korea’s Government’s Central Bureau of Statistics, in partnership with the Child Nutrition Institute and the Ministry of Public Health, with technical assistance provided by UNICEF and additional support from the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization. That is a mouthful…so what did they discover? Results centered around the following findings; stunting has decreased from 32% to 27% (from 2009 to today), acute malnutrition is down from 5% to 4%, and the percentage of underweight children has decreased from 18.8% to 15.5%. Anemia continues to be a problem for women of child-bearing age and their children. The bottom line is that over 1/4th of all kids in North Korea are malnourished.
A new study by researchers from the University of Melbourne which has been published in the British Medical Journal studied the life expectancy of over 15,000 medal winning olympic athletes. On average, it was found they lived 3 years longer than the general population – regardless of the sport. While the “why” wasn’t studied, Professor Philip Clarke said genetics, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle were the probably factors. So, forget about becoming an olympian and learn how to think like one by setting small but realistic goals and visualize health success.
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