“White Meat Really Upsets my Stomach…”
White meat vs. dark meat inevitably becomes a battle at most family tables. The color difference in meat is due to how much the bird used those particular muscles while he/she was alive. Thighs and drumsticks tend to be darker than breasts because they are muscles the bird uses more frequently.
Nutrition Insight: Chances are, this family member is looking for any opportunity to cut the buffet line. Our advice… Listen. We often draft a response in our head to the first line that is shared. Listening a bit further, you might find the true motive of your pseudo-patient.
“What about Bad Fruit vs. Good Fruit…”
How many of your aunts have completely vilified bananas? Cousins protesting apples? We find ourselves as health professionals wanting to stand up and fight.
Our Idea: Remember to share positive messages about the importance of what nutrients we include in our diet, not just those we want to leave out. All five food groups provide good sources of different nutrients, and choosing a variety of foods within the food group helps round out all of the nutrients we eat during the week.
“So How Long Can Cheese Really Sit Out…?”
As a general rule of thumb, most fresh foods can be left at room temperature for 2 hours. Cheese tastes best at room temperature, about 20-30 minutes outside of the refrigerator. For more information about the ageless battle read How Long Can Cheese Sit Out?
“Is the Turkey MSG-free? What’s the Deal with MSG?”
MSG or monosodium glutamate is a non-salt based flavor enhancer originally extracted from seaweed that gives foods an “umami” flavor. Some people account that consuming large amounts can cause intolerance like symptoms- headaches, sleepiness, nausea, etc. The FDA recognizes MSG as generally recognized as safe.
Helpful Tip: Ask questions. “Did someone tell you this information?” “How long have you been concerned?” “Have you ever had negative experiences with this food?”
“Dairy Gives Me Zits”
This comment normally follows a story about why your uncle hasn’t drank milk in 30 years. Acne is something nobody wants to deal with and it’s understandable that people look for ways to eliminate the problem. However, large bodies of research fail to connect dairy consumption to acne breakouts. In fact, there is initial research that suggests sugar and insulin response may be one culprit in the bumpy situation.
Remind your family that a balanced, nutrient-rich eating plan can help keep skin healthy. And dairy foods, like low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt, are an important part of a healthy eating plan, providing a unique package of nine essential nutrients.