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WARNING: Don’t Eat Cherry Tomatoes!

Believe it or not, this is real advice from some real "nutrition coaches!"


The first time I heard this was last year when I was talking to an Eat REAL America member.  She was telling me about a meeting she had with her "nutrition coach" where she was reviewing her journal of what she had eaten during the past week.


The nutrition coach saw cherry tomatoes on the list and said, "You really shouldn't eat those.  Regular tomatoes are ok, but cherry tomatoes have too much sugar."  Yes, she really said that and was totally serious!  By the way, the coach also advised her not to eat clementine oranges for the same reason.  Regular oranges?  She said those are ok, but not the clementines!

I love telling this story and thought I would never hear something like it again.

But it happened!

Last week, after a lunch-and-learn event, one of the participants was talking about her and her husband's diet.  She shared that they had received guidance not to eat cherry tomatoes!  I couldn't help laugh just burst out and this led to a laughter-filled discussion.

Don't panic!

You can all breathe easy...there is no evidence we can find that cherry tomatoes are nutritionally inferior to regular tomatoes.  All varieties of tomatoes are loaded with beneficial nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and antioxidants (especially lycopene)!  Check out our coaching tip for more about the benefits of tomatoes.

And, keep enjoying those clementines...they qualify as both healthy and delicious!

Looking back, I have to admit this makes me sad.  This is another example of how we have overcomplicated what should be a wonderful and joyful experience...eating healthfully and deliciously!  It just shouldn't be that complicated, but - sadly - there are many reasons why it is and why a lot of people are so confused.


I'm sure we all have questions.

Which diet is best?  Is Whole 30 healthy?  What about keto?  Aren't carbs evil and making us fat?  Is coffee ok to drink or will it kill me?  What about wine?  Are fresh or frozen vegetables better?  Is grass-fed beef really worth the extra cost?  Aren't smoothies a good way to get my fruits and vegetables?  How can I satisfy my sweet tooth in a healthy way, other than fruits?

These are just some of the many questions you or people you know may be wrestling with.



Solution to the confusion!

Eat REAL America has provided coaching tips on many of these questions, to help our members navigate through all the confusion.  This week, we also wanted to share a couple pieces from two of our favorite writers in this area, Mark Bittman and David Katz.  We think you will find these both entertaining and informative.

The Last Conversation You'll Ever Need to Have About Eating Right

The Last Conversation You'll Need to Have on Eating Right:  The Follow-ups


We love their quote at the end:

"Cooking is the most traditional, honored, delicious, and healthy way to eat.  If more of us spent time picking our own ingredients, the best we can afford, and cooked them ourselves, we'd be far better off."

Thank you to all the Eat REAL America members for all you do for yourselves, your families and are true champions!

Please keep spreading the message...


keep it simple and EAT REAL!


Zonya Says:

This story from Krista is all too common!  The one I've heard countless times is "don't eat carrots, they are high in sugar...especially baby carrots".  Newsflash:  carrots are not the cause of obesity in the world today!  This thinking came from books like the SouthBeach Diet, The Zone, Sugar Busters, and Suzanne Somers Somercizing which focused on the glycemic index (GI) of a food.  The GI is a measurement of how quickly 50 grams of carbohydrate worth of a food raises a person's blood sugar.  No matter what the food is, the portion is always 50 grams worth of carbohydrate.  (It's a scientifically "fair" test.)

Do you know how many carrots it takes to make a 50 grams carbohydrate sample?  One and one-half pounds!  A typical serving of carrots is 3 ounces.  Therefore the glycemic index reading should be divided by 8 for an accurate comparison to other foods.  But because these books were written by non-nutritionists, they took the chart values at face value.  Now the new terminology is "the glycemic load" which takes the portion a person would normally eat, into consideration.  But, you don't have to consult a chart to find which foods have a low glycemic load.

The answer is simple:  eat unprocessed, REAL food!


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