Archive for February, 2009

TRANS FAT LEVELS IN CANADIAN FOODS ARE DECLINING

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

OTTAWA- Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq today announced that Canada continues to make progress towards reducing the amount of trans fat in the Canadian food supply. This data includes an analysis of bakery products, a small sample of international foods sold in restaurants, and nutrition information obtained from the Nutrition Facts table of prepackaged foods. According to new data released today from the trans fat monitoring program, 80% of the prepackaged foods selected for label review met the trans fat limit set by the Trans Fat Task Force in June 2006.

“Our government is pleased to see that industry has reduced the level of trans fat in many pre-packaged foods,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “This was achieved by finding healthier alternatives without increasing the levels of saturated fat. We are also encouraged that foods sold at various restaurants serving international cuisine are meeting the trans fat limit.”

The foods that were sampled in this set of data included:
- Bakery products from grocery stores, such as croissants, pies, tarts, cakes, brownies and donuts.
- Foods from restaurants serving Chinese, Thai, East Indian, Lebanese, Caribbean, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisines.
- Donuts and muffins from popular coffee and donut shops.
- Prepackaged foods from grocery stores, including cookies, crackers, instant noodles, frozen potatoes, desserts, snacks and popcorn.

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OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS PREVENT MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS OF OBESITY

Friday, February 13th, 2009

New article in the FASEB Journal shows how omega-3 fatty acids protect against liver damage and insulin resistance

According to a recent study published online in The FASEB Journal, diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids protect the liver from damage caused by obesity and the insulin resistance it provokes. This research should give doctors and nutritionists valuable information when recommending and formulating weight-loss diets and help explain why some obese patients are more likely to suffer some complications associated with obesity. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in canola oil and fish.

Read the full article in our HeartVigor.com News Section.