Month: April 2013
One sugar-laced soda a day raises diabetes risk by 22 per cent
All it takes is one can of soda to increase risk of type 2 diabetes by 22%, according to a large European study published last week in Diabetologia. Using data from 25,000 people, in 8 European countries, over 16 years, researchers found that every extra 12 fluid ounce (340 mL) serving of sugar-sweetened beverage – about […]
The Spanish tortilla de patata or potato omelette is a type of thick omelette made with potatoes. This dish is normally served with a salad, but it can also be presented in the form of a tapa (appetizer) or a bocadillo (sandwich).
Food for thought: “Live Below the Line” with $1.75/day
Have you heard about the “Live Below the Line” challenge? In a nutshell, it’s a fund-raising campaign that’s challenging the way we think about poverty. About 20,000 people are expected to take up the challenge this year. In Canada, it’s a matter of living on $1.75 a day for 5 days, next week, from April […]
Conflict Kitchen: a take-out restaurant offering cuisine from the U.S. “conflict du jour”
If you want to understand something about a country, what better way to do it than through food? I guess this may well be one of the reasons why Conflict Kitchen, an unusual take-out restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA, opened in 2010. Indeed unusual, because this restaurant serves only ethnic foods from nations with which the […]
Happy Birthday Rome!
Legend has it that Rome was founded on April 21, 753 BC by Romulus, who killed his twin brother Remus while building the city, thereby obtaining the right to lend his name to the settlement. These two demi-god brothers, suckled by a she-wolf after their birth, were descendants of the god Mars, a fact that […]
Good news for chocaholics
Already renowned as a healthy treat when enjoyed in moderation, chocolate could become even healthier if manufacturers would adopt a new technology, that replaces up to 50 percent of the fat with fruit juice. Chemists of the University of Warwick, in the UK, have been perfecting such technology in order to obtain a true chocolate […]
Suspended Coffee in Canada
The “caffe sospeso” (which literally means “suspended coffee”) is a simple act of solidarity made by someone who pays in advance for an extra cup, which can then be consumed by an unknown coffee-drinker-in-need later in the day.
Italian fish soup
In the olden days in Italy, fish soup used to be a dish of the poorest because it was prepared with low quality or even spoiled fish that fishermen had not managed to sell at the market.
Eat fatty fish, live longer
For years we have been told that consumption of seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids (fatty fish) may help protect against cardiovascular disease. But the data supporting this health claim have been indirect sofar. A study of more than 2,600 older adults, published last week in the journal , found those with the highest blood […]
‘Par amour pour Philou’
The album ‘Par amour pour Philou’ is being released today. Following in the footsteps of ‘Berceuses pour Philou’, which earned the Félix award in 2009 for the best instrumental album, this new album is a compilation of exceptional pianists from the world of jazz, classical music and pop. André Gagnon, Oliver Jones, Stephan Moccio, Lorraine […]
Year of the quinoa
The United Nations has declared 2013 as the “International Year of Quinoa”, partly to honour the Andean populations who ensured the preservation of this “pseudo-cereal” for 7000 years, and also to promote this grain that is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits for our health.
2013 World Health Day’s theme: High blood pressure
World Health Day is celebrated on April 7th to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. Each year, a theme is selected for World Health Day, that highlights a priority area of public health concern in the world. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure, also known […]