How Much Do You Know About Your Food?

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. | April 6, 2017

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Several fast food restaurants have been ridiculed because of their seemingly non-edible ingredients. In a game of myths or truths, we uncover the odd ingredients from several restaurants, as well as squashing misconceived notions about certain “health” foods or diets.

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Even though Italian ice is mostly ice, you still get a lot of added sugar

Fact. This one is a fact, especially at Rita’s. For example, according to Rita’s, the regular-size chocolate Italian ice has 96 grams of sugar, which equals about 24 teaspoons of sugar in one serving. This is well beyond the daily recommended sugar allowance for both men and women.

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Subway's bread had a chemical found in yoga mats

Fact. According to USA Today, this one was true. The ingredient, azodicarbonamide, is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is used as a bleaching agent and dough conditioner in several food establishments. However, strong public reaction forced Subway to remove the ingredient from its bread.

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7-11's Slurpees use trees as an ingredient

Fact. Quillaia extract comes from small stems or branches of the soapbox tree. Considering other ingredients in Slurpees such as dextrin, erthritol, potassium benzoate, and yellow dyes, it may be a good idea to grab a glass of ice water instead of a Slurpee when you need to cool off.

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McDonalds will begin using fresh beef

Fact. According to the Wall Street Journal, McDonalds announced that it is switching from frozen beef to fresh beef in its quarter pounder burger by mid-2018. Presently, McDonalds uses frozen beef in all of its burgers.

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High fructose corn syrup makes you hungry

Fact. Foods like ketchup, salad dressing, soda, and cookies often contain corn, and usually in the form of high fructose corn syrup. According to Scientific American, researchers are finding that high fructose corn syrup can make you hungry. In one study, participants were asked to consume either glucose or fructose. Hunger was greatest among those who had consumed the fructose.

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Gluten-free is healthier for you

Not if you eat gluten-free junk food. Of course, if you have gluten sensitivity or celiac disease, gluten-free everything is safer, health-wise, for you. However, according to Mark Hyman, M.D., gluten-free junk food is still junk food and some people may be tempted to eat more because it is gluten-free.

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Diet soda will help you stave off the pounds

Myth. Fifty nine percent of Americans report drinking diet soda on a regular basis. When researchers from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas compared the waistlines of diet soda drinkers against non-diet soda drinkers, the diet drinkers had a 70 percent greater increase in belly bulge in comparison.