March is National Nutrition Month!
To celebrate, the Registered Dietitians and Dietetic Interns at Tufts Medical Center teamed up to present "Myth Busters: Fact vs. Fiction of Carbs, Protein and Fats."
Renee, one of the intern coordinators, answers questions at the Carbohydrate Table.
Due to the hard work of the planning committee (applause to Renee, Nikita, and Nathalia!), the event featured a fabulous line-up including food displays, a Trader Joe's raffle, and Black Bean Brownie samplers.
Our event featured an interactive "Nutrition Myth Busters" quiz, written by dietetic interns Nikita and Renee. Here's a teaser of some questions.
1. True or False? Protein's main purpose is to build muscle. False! Protein has a myriad of functions, including building cells, repairing cells, supporting the immune system, providing lasting energy when consumed with carbs, maintaining muscle mass, and strengthening hair, nails, and skin.
2. True or False? Honey is more nutritious than other sugars. False! You would have to eat a minimum 1/4 cup of honey to get any other type of nutrient other than carbohydrate.
3. True or False? Eating too much sugar causes diabetes. False! A high sugar diet does not cause diabetes. The biggest risk factor for diabetes is being overweight. However if someone is diagnosed with diabetes, sugar and carbohydrate intake does have to be kept in check to manage blood sugar levels.
4. True or False? The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend that Americans consume 20-30% of calories from fat. True!
5. True or False? All saturated fat is bad for you. False! One saturated fat, stearic acid, has been shown to have a neutral effect on LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and can increase HDL (healthy) cholesterol a boost. Stearic acid is abundant in beef and chocolate.
Black Bean Brownies
Hats off to wholesome eating and healthful living!
How are you celebrating National Nutrition Month?