I was constantly amazed on my Clinical Nutrition rotation over the past two weeks, both by some misconceptions patients had about nutrition as well as my own misconceptions about nutrition! Here are some of my favorite facts I picked up in the Bariatric Surgery and Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases clinic:
- Almond milk contains only 2% almonds. The rest is water and, in the case of sweetened almond milk, sugar or artificial sweeteners. In fact, most variations of almond milk contain only 1 gram of protein per 8 ounces. To give you some perspective, the same amount of regular cow’s milk usually has 8 grams of protein.
- Bariatric or weight loss surgery is a tool for weight loss, not a guaranteed solution. Patients are likely to be unsuccessful if healthy habits are not developed before surgery and continued afterward.
- While patients with diabetes should be cautious about their carbohydrate intake, they CAN have fruit.
- Fruit snacks are not fruit.
- Neither is fruit juice.
- Corn and peas are considered carbohydrates.
- You CAN lose weight eating only __ (insert favorite junk food here). Sure, it’s not recommended by your doctors and dietitians, but it can absolutely be done.
- An excess 9 calories a day for a year can result in a 1 pound weight gain. In other words, an extra 100 calorie snack a day for a year can result in a 10-pound weight gain.
- A reduction in 9 calories a day for a year can result in a 1 pound weight loss. In other words, elimination of an extra 100 calorie snack a day for a year can result in a 10-pound weight loss.