Some nutrition facts are a given. We should eat more plant based foods than animal, we need to watch our salt intake and so forth. Others are somewhat deceiving.
- 1. Healthy food is boring.
- 2. Small plates help weight loss.
- 3. Coffee may prevent diabetes
- 4. Schools shouldn’t offer chocolate milk.
- 5. What we watch affects what we eat.
- 6. There are negative calorie foods.
So, how did you do?
- 1) False. It is as easy and economical to make healthy food as it is to make unhealthy food. It might take some imagination and even experimentation, but I have found healthy alternatives to all of our family favorites, and that includes hamburgers. If I can do it, you can do it.
- 2) True: In fact, small utensils are a great addition. A study was done to prove this. Two groups of people were given the exact same amount of the exact same foods. The difference was in plate size. Those who had larger plates didn’t feel as satisfied after eating as those who used smaller plates.
- 3) True: So far, the small studies that have been done indicate a decreased risk of developing diabetes in those who drank three or more cups a day of coffee. Larger clinical trials are planned. It should be pointed out that some researchers wonder if the coffee itself was the link.
- 4) False: There are two reasons I say that. When our children were in school the chocolate milk was nonfat. The white milk was 2%. When we’re trying to regulate the fat in our children’s diet, this can make a difference.
A recent study shows that in schools where chocolate milk was removed, milk consumption dropped ten percent. On top of that, 29% of the white milk was wasted. Humans, especially children, don’t always follow the plans made by nutritionists.
- 5) False. Let me explain why. There are foods that have fewer calories than it takes to chew, swallow or digest. That doesn’t mean they lack calories or that you don’t have to add them to your calorie counter. If the food is high in sugar, such as berries and grapes, there is a limit as to how many you should consume in a day, particularly if you are diabetic. The idea of a “negative calorie” food tends to make us forget that there are other things in our food besides the calorie count.