Food Myths Debunked!

It seems most of the emails I receive deal with confusion about nutrition.  With this in mind I wanted to attack some of these myths or wive’s tales if you will. Here are 3 common myths that I see all the time. These were taken from Spark and if you would like to see more click on

Certain foods, like celery, have ‘negative’ calories:

Truth: The idea that there are negative calorie foods–foods that are so low in calories that simply digesting them burns more calories than they contain–is nothing more than wishful thinking. Certain low-calorie, water-rich foods like celery or cucumbers are often touted as negative-calorie foods. However, digesting and absorbing everything you eat each day uses just 10% of your total calorie intake each day (about 180 calories for someone who eats 1,800 calories per day). It is great to include low-calorie, high-fiber, and water-rich foods in your daily diet; these foods add nutrients, bulk, and volume to your diet, but they still contain calories and should always be included in your calorie count. No food is a “free” food. Eating too much of any food can cause weight gain or inhibit weight loss.

When going to a restaurant, the best choice for weight loss is usually a salad.

Truth: Salads can run the gamut of healthiness, depending on what is in them. Although that big bowl of greens may be packed full of antioxidants and fiber, it can also be laden with fat, cholesterol, and sodium–not to mention an overabundance of calories. Some restaurant salads can even contain more calories than a cheeseburger! That means ordering salad is no guarantee that you’re eating a healthy meal.

Bananas are so high in sugar that they cause weight gain.

Truth: One medium banana (approximately 7 inches long) provides 0 grams of fat, 3 grams of fiber, 105 calories, and 27 grams of carbs—and it’s cheap. Those specs mean that bananas make great snacks, even for people with diabetes who need to follow special diets.   Why bananas are being called “fattening” or high in sugar compared with other fruits is a mystery. They do have a few more grams of carbohydrate than apples and oranges, but that does not mean they should be off limits!

Thank you for being my loyal readers and I hope this helps.  Keep the great emails coming!

Yours in health,


P.S. Look for me on the Ann Varnum Show on WTVY this Sunday, 4/18/10 at 9:30-10:30 central time.


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