April 1st in the US is a day when people play practical jokes on family and friends. Those who fall victim are called April Fools. But there’s no reason to be fooled when it comes to nutrition. Whenever I talk to someone about food or their diet, I often have to spend a little time debunking a myth or two. Here are a few of the most common nutrition myths I’ve heard. Have they fooled you, too?
Sugar makes you hyper. Here’s the fact about sugar… I know that I will never convince firm believers, but there is no scientific evidence that sugar makes people hyper. Kids get hyper at parties not because of the sugary soda and birthday cake – they’re cranked up because they’re excited. Adults often consume their sugar with caffeine – like sodas or coffee drinks – so it’s usually the caffeine, not the sugar, that’s gotten them wound up.