Welcome back! We hope you all had a relaxing (and deservedly so) winter break! The NSSA is kicking off the New Year with another Academic Seminar. Mark your calendars: January 24, 5-7 PM at Medical Sciences Room 5254. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to get educated on diverse topics in the field of nutrition, ask questions, and mingle with your fellow DNS students.
Alena Ng, a MSc Candidate, will present a study that focuses on examining Canadians’ adherence to dietary patterns and the likelihood of obesity using national survey data (Canadian Community Health Survey-Nutrition). Two diets that will be of focus during the seminar are the DASH and Mediterranean-style dietary patterns. Her project is very data/epidemiology-focused and many of the analyses take place jointly at Statistics Canada, as well as encompasses implications for public health and national nutrition policy.
High intake of sugar-sweetened pop has been linked with excess weight gain and an increased risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. As a replacement, non-nutritive sweetened beverages, or “diet” pop, are a sweeter alternative to water. However, the substitution of “diet” pop for pop has not been addressed in dietary guidelines. While Health Canada have deemed non-nutritive sweeteners safe for use, new research suggests that through the gut microbiome, non-nutritive sweeteners may actually increase the risk of the above-mentioned diseases. Graduate student Sabrina Charette will discuss the results of her STOP SUGARS NOW trial that examines the effect of replacing regular pop with “diet” pop or water on the gut microbiome.
Hope to see you there!