Fact or Fiction?

Originally published March 28, 2013

If it says “natural” on the box, it’s good for you. Fiction. The FDA doesn’t have a definition for the use of the term natural, so when you see it on a label it doesn’t mean much. It usually indicates that the food doesn’t contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances but not necessarily. So, on that box of granola/ bottle of juice/ bag of Cheetos (not kidding), double check the ingredients.

Diet soda is better than regular soda. Fiction. Ok, the diet soda might have fewer calories, but, and this is a big but, that’s not the entire story. A lot of people that turn to diet soda tend to drink it because it’s no or low calories, so it’s “free”. There is evidence that just the taste of sweetness causes a rise in insulin which can lead to insulin sensitivity. Also, the constant exposure to sweetness increases your desire for sweetness, eventually leading to weight gain. If you’re going to drink a soda use it as a treat. It’s a once-in-a-while dessert, so go for it and have a regular soda. For your daily liquids, drink water.

Drinking-water8 glasses a day is plenty of water. Fiction. It’s not bad, it’s a good amount to aim for, but remember not all of us are 5’5” and 120 pounds. A better calculation is to take your body weight in pounds, divide it by two, and drink that much in ounces per day. Example: 200 pounds / 2 = 100 oz of water a day.

There are a million natural health approaches out there. If you have a question, ask your naturopathic doctor – we’re experts in this field so ask us! We love to help.