How Much Do You Know About Your Food?
Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. | April 6, 2017
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.
Even though Italian ice is mostly ice, you still get a lot of added sugar
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.
7-11's Slurpees use trees as an ingredient
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.
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.
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.
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.