True or False:
- Avocados are fattening.___
- Canola and olive oils satisfy my bodys fat requirements.___
- Its a good idea to eat only the egg whites since the
yolk raises your cholesterol.___
- Nutrasweet is better than sugar in my coffee.___
- Coffee helps me control my weight.___
- Margarine is better than butter.___
- Fresh juice, whole grain toast and fruit make a good breakfast.___
- A calorie is a calorie. The most important factor in keeping
the weight down is keeping calories under control.___
(Quiz answers can be found at the end of this section)
- False. Avocados contain fat, but are not "fattening"
due to their high content of monounsaturated fats that have actually
been shown to promote thermogenesis, the process of fat metabolism
and use for energy throughout the body.
- False. Olive and canola oil, though high in healthy monounsaturated
fats, lack the essential fatty acids known as omega 3s and
6s. These are found in deep sea fish such as tuna, salmon
and halibut and some plant sources such as flaxseed and evening
- False. The results of original studies showing links between
egg consumption and high cholesterol done over fifty years ago
with questionable techniques have never been reconfirmed. Ironically
the egg yolk contains the highest concentration of an artery-friendly
substance: lecithin. See "Final
Word On: Eggs"
- False. Nutrasweet has shown its dubious colors in recent years,
racking up more complaints than any other food additive at the
Centers for Disease Control. Studies link this substance to seizures
and one of its by-products with oxygen deprivation. Now how bad
does that teaspoon of sugar sound?
- False. Most of us are familiar with the coffee jitters -- a
symptom of the caffeine- caused release of "fight or flight"
hormones. But few of us are aware that coffee causes a subsequent
drop in blood sugar, leading to energy slumps and sugar cravings.
Coffee has its other downsides too. Its detrimental to our
cholesterol profile, our adrenals and impedes nutrient absorption.
- False. Im sure you know by now that margarine isnt
what it was whipped up to be. The main fat component in it, hydrogenated
fat or "trans-fat" is now acknowledged by the American
Heart Association to be as bad or worse than butter in its causal
relationship to heart disease and arterial buildup.
- False. These three items are all high carbohydrate items --
particularly the juice. Orange juice contains more sugar than
a bowl of Fruit Loops and causes an over-secretion of insulin
and the subsequent "crash" associated with the resulting
drop in blood sugar. Youre better off incorporating some
protein and fat into your breakfast, both of which slow the absorption
of blood sugar into the bloodstream when eaten with higher sugar
- False. We now know that while the number of calories that makes
up a pound of body hasnt changed, certain qualities of carbs
and fats result in better utilization of food and fat storage
for energy. Two meals containing the same calories may have drastically
different affects on your energy and metabolism and therefore
drastically different results for the bottom...line.