I find it amazing how many consumers listen to the nutrition advice given by celebrities!
I have heard numerous statements and comments made by celebrities lately about how they don’t eat any sugar. These statements always make me smile! I think it is because celebrities are so misinformed.
There are three main types of carbohydrates including: starches (also labeled complex carbohydrates), sugars (natural and added), and fiber. Starches and sugars are broken down into simple sugar molecules in our body that we can then use for energy. Carbohydrates are our bodies’ main energy source. Now, you can definitely consume to many carbohydrates at a time, but avoiding them completely is impossible and not healthy.
Foods that contain carbohydrates are: fruits, grains, beans, starchy vegetables (corn, peas, and potatoes), milk, yogurt, and sweets. Fruits contain a natural sugar called fructose. Milk contains a natural sugar called lactose. Foods with little or no carbohydrates include: vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheese, meat substitutes, and fats. So as you can see…saying you don’t eat any foods with carbohydrates or sugar is just silly!
One of my girlfriends sent me the link to Perez Hilton’s blog recently. I have never viewed his blog before but this comment was worth the visit!
Kelly Osbourne was asked what her secret was for staying thin and she responded,
“I’ve completely changed the way I eat since doing Dancing with the Stars. A trick I’ve learned is to eat just a little bit of something that has no carbs and no sugar in it before you go to sleep because it keeps your metabolism going. They say you should never eat before you go to bed, but I’ve found just having a tiny little snack — like half an apple or something like that — before you go to sleep really helps.”
This statement made me smile because:
1) An apple is a carbohydrate.
2) Consuming small meals every few hours will keep your metabolism going. However, those snacks can be carbohydrates too!
Here is just one more example of celebrities putting down sugar…even natural sugar.
In Jackie Warner’s new book, This Is Why You’re Fat (And How to Get Thin Forever): Eat More, Cheat More, Lose More–and Keep the Weight Offand on her TV show, Thintervention, she has stated that consumers are addicted to sugar and tells her readers and clients not to consume anything with more than 5 grams of sugar.
This is interesting to me for two reasons:
1) She is just a trainer not an RD. Even if she is a great trainer, she doesn’t have the education or credential for giving nutrition advice.
2) I am just curious where she pulled this number from? Here is a list of common foods with carbohydrates:
-A small piece of fruit or ½ cup of chopped fruit = 15 grams of carbohydrate
-1 cup of milk =12 grams of carbohydrate
-2/3 cup of yogurt =12 grams of carbohydrate
-1/2 cup of oatmeal = 15 g of carbohydrate
– 1 slice of bread = 15 g of carbohydrate
-1 cup of winter squash and pumpkin = 15 grams carbohydrate (thought I would throw in these fall favorites)
-1/3 cup of rice = 15 grams carbohydrate
This amount of sugar would limit some fruits, milk, etc. That doesn’t sound right that an apple would be out of the question!
You need carbohydrates to function!
Make healthy choices!
Eat in moderation!
What celebrity quotes have you heard or read lately that sounded incorrect?
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