I think we can all agree that we have seen those ad’s saying that bananas are fattening and that you need to eat early in the night to prevent weight gain. Well, I am here to help you determine if those statements are true. Here are the top 3 food myths debunked.]
1. Bananas are fattening. Who ever said bananas are fattening? Some people believe that they will gain weight or be unable to lose weight if a banana is part of their meal. Bananas are packed with nutrients including potassium (which everyone knows), vitamin B-6, vitamin C and fiber. The banana is a great on the go snack, it is easy to transport and can be paired with peanut butter or other nut butters for a delicious snack. My favorite thing to do with bananas is let them get really ripe, then peel them and freeze them. They can be added to oatmeal- which makes it takes like banana nut bread, I swear. Try it for yourself. You can also use it in smoothies, pancakes, muffins and more. Remember bananas are better than many other processed snacks.
2. I think I need to go on a detox diet. The evidence to support detox diet is just not there. There is very little evidence that a detox diet will remove toxins from your body. In fact, our bodies do the “cleaning” every day, which is the job of our liver and kidneys. Instead of choosing a detox diet or juice cleanse, just increase your intake of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and water. The goal is to focus on whole food! And like Michael Pollan says, “Eat food, not too much and mostly plants.”
3. Eating Late = Weight Gain My sister in law just told my husband that he will gain weight if he eats late. The act of eating late does not mean you will gain weight. Your metabolism doesn’t change after 8 o’clock. What leads to weight gain is the food choice and overconsumption of food that may happen late at night. If you go over your needed amount of calories in a day then yes everything you eat after that is more than your body needs and that can lead to weight gain. If you choose to eat late at night, then you need to adjust the amount of calories you consume during the sunny hours.
I hope I have been helpful in reviewing these topics and know that most of the headlines in the news and on social media are not always looking at the whole picture of the issue addressed.