Fact or Fiction: What You Need to Know

September 27, 2016



The caption says its all! There are things we have learned over the years, that we think are vital for our guests to know. We aren't nutritionists, but hey, we're kind of experienced in the food industry and we've done our research! Let us share some insight about the facts and fictions we've heard - so we can set it straight!


1. Eating Late Promotes Weight Gain




We may have heard that the body doesn't burn calories efficiently late at night, but a study that was completed by scientists at Oregon Health and Science University, whom examined the eating habits and weight-gain patterns of rhesus monkeys, found no greater risk for gaining weight than those who chose to eat earlier in the day. Although it's not always wise to NOT eat during the day and indulge at night - it all depends.


2. Green Tea Helps You Lose Weight.




Stimulants, found in tea, can increase metabolism and decrease appetite. Research suggests that a compound found in green tea called EGCG may kick-start weight loss and decrease body fat.  Studies have also found that it improves brain function, memory, physical activity, and attention. It has numerous benefits! 


3. Garlic Can Protect Your Heart




Vampires may not be able to stand garlic, but we love these tasty cloves! There is some evidence to suggest that garlic may protect the heart, slow atherosclerosis, and lower blood pressure. Garlic acts as an anticoagulant which prevents blood from clotting, which can also prevent heart attacks and strokes.


4. Spicy Foods Trigger Heartburn




It's not so much the heat from spicy foods that cause heartburn, it's more likely to be irritants in greasy meals that happen to contain spicy ingredients. Actually, an ingredient like red pepper can assist in issues like gastritis and stomach irritation because it increases blood flow to the stomach, which can promote healing. Furthermore, research has found restricting spicy foods doesn't curb heartburn nor acid reflux. 


5. Organic food is healthier




Yes, we may have been told that organic foods are healthier - maybe for the environment! Organic foods are guaranteed to be grown without synthetic flavors, colors, sweeteners, most preservatives, as well as not being genetically modified. However, they are not more nutritious and the USDA has made no claims that organic is healthier than non-organic. Really, it's about personal choice. 



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