What Do You Know?

by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

What Do You Know?

Do you buy into food myths? Here are three true-or-false questions to test your thinking.

  1. Spicy foods cause ulcers.
  2. Sugar causes diabetes.
  3. Fasting cleans the body of toxins.

All three statements are false. Surprised?

Ulcers are caused by the Heliobactor pylori bacteria. Chilies and other spices promote mucus formation that helps protect the stomach lining.

People with diabetes can't use sugar or other carbohydrates in a normal way. The causes of diabetes are complex and linked to overweight, genetics, illness, inactivity, and just getting older.

Your liver and kidneys "detox" your body constantly. Fasting doesn't do that; to the contrary, ketones build up when carbohydrates aren't available for energy.

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About the author:

Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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