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Myth: Adding butter to your coffee improves health

TRUTH: Let me begin with: proponents of butter in coffee stipulate that only butter made from grass-fed cows has the high quality fats to make this beneficial.  This recipe, which consists of about 2 tablespoons each of butter, coffee, and MCT oil (aka medium chain triglycerides) was developed by a guy who lost a lot […]

Myth: Vertical farming will save our food system

TRUTH:  It’s official – vertical farming won’t save our food system right now.  But it could in the future.  This week, the country’s largest vertical, aquaponic (soil-free) farm opened in Chicago, IL.  The process by which FarmedHere is growing plants (using the excrement of tilapia to create mineral-rich water that is cycled through stacked plant […]

Myth: Detox diets remove toxins from your body

TRUTH: If you google search for “detox diet”, you’ll get a range of results from fasting to strict meal plans.  Most of these use quasi-science and make extremely overblown claims touting the benefits of detoxing. So what’s the science based perspective?  Here are the basics: Natural detox mainly happens in the liver (though other systems […]

Myth: Your spicy tuna roll is made from tuna

TRUTH:  This isn’t completely a myth but because there’s a 1 in 3 chance that your tuna is actually tuna.  From over 1,000 samples collected over the last couple years, a seafood conservation group, Oceana, has used DNA testing to prove that only about one third of the samples taken were properly labeled.  The most […]

Myth: Pickleback shots prevent hangovers

TRUTH:  I love a good dill pickle.  But the thought of a pickleback shot, is completely disgusting to me.  For those who don’t know, a pickleback is a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice.  Ew.  But, the way it’s been explained to me is that it masks the flavor of terrible […]

Myth: Cutting carbs will make you lose weight

TRUTH: Oh, KGN readers.  You know this one isn’t true!  I know because you’re intelligent, savvy readers (and I’ve taught you well).  As you probably know, any extra calories are stored as fat.  It doesn’t matter if those calories enter your body as carbs, fat, or protein, they’re all stored as fat. So, there are […]

Myth: To optimize cardio exercise, you need a carbohydrate supplement

TRUTH:  Research that looks at the ingestion of whole food carbohydrates is seriously lacking.  Now that the local, organic, and whole food industries are taking off, the research is quickly following.  There’s been a recent influx of information about using whole foods instead of sports drinks and chews (or goos).  However, two very important studies […]

Myth: GM crops require fewer pesticides than conventional farming

TRUTH:  One argument for the use of genetically modified crops is that by splicing in genetic material to deter pests, weeds or insects, the GM crops require fewer sprayed pesticides/herbicides/insecticides.  Using fewer chemicals means more environmentally friendly practices and safer food for human consumption.  It’s a great argument and, if enough research was done (and […]

Myth: Eating asparagus after a night of drinking will cure your hangover

TRUTH: I think every news media outlet has publicized the supposed benefits of eating asparagus as a hangover remedy in the past couple weeks.  Well, readers, it’s only a couple weeks old but I’m busting this one.  If you haven’t heard or read the news lately, a team of researchers at a Korean University found […]

Myth: Food stamp recipients are looking for handouts

TRUTH: Recently inspired by a facebook post from a woman I admire (and am proud to call a friend) and in the wake of President Obama’s re-election, I want to provide some information about food stamp (SNAP) recipients. Obama has been dubbed the ‘food stamp president’, given the increase in the number of recipients since […]