Catalyst Food Myths Gameshow


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This is a powerpoint made for high school students dispelling popular food myths, and then offers some more information about the myth, and the truth behind it. Each slide has speakers notes and sources.

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  • Helllllo and welcome to Food Myths! We’re going to go over a variety of myths about food and you can try and guess which is right and which is soooooo false.
  • True. Dried fruit contains just as many nutrients and sugar for energy as fresh fruit. Dried fruit is a great way to get most of the benefits of fresh fruits. Dried fruit is easily transportable and eating dried fruit is a great way to enjoy your favorite fruits in the off season. The same is true of canned or frozen fruit. Fruit juice is also able to be used as a daily fruit portion but only one per day should be made up of juice only.
  • False. This is a very common myth – so common that food manufacturers market to it. The misconception that fat free is better is the reason that so many products are labelled “fat free,” “low in fat,” “fat reduced,” etc. So many people who want to lose weight will chow down on all of these “low fat” foods thinking they are going to lose weight – even worse, they often tend to eat more of the low fat food than they would have if it were full fat. What really matters when trying to reduce weight is calories – eat fewer calories than you burn and you will lose weight. When fat is removed from food a lot of the flavor is removed as well – consequently extra sugars and chemicals are often added to give back the flavor – therefore, a fat free food may not be the best choice. Source:
  • CHANGE: the average American eats 1950 lbs of food in a year
  • True. They eat 1,950 pounds per year. On average, that can be thought of as 1242 lbs of meat, eggs, and nuts, 594 lbs of dairy, 194 lbs of grains, 418 lbs of vegetables, 275 lbs of fruit, 86 lbs of fats and oils, and 142 lbs of sugar and sweeteners. That should be enough to fill your stomach. Source:
  • False. A 2005 report by the Independent said: “an investigation of the food sold by McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC and Pizza Hut  found that five out of eight of the salads used as “evidence” of their embrace of healthy eating had “high” salt or fat content.” What people don’t realize is that the salad toppings, such as dressing, cheese, and meats, can add a significant amount of calories to an otherwise healthy meal, and some people would be more content if they just ate a Big Mac. When choosing salads, use dressing sparingly and choose salads with an abundance of vegetables, lean meat (no fried options) and light on the cheese. For the sake of comparison, 1 Big Mac has 540 calories and 1,040 mg of salt; 1 premium southwest salad with crispy chicken and dressing has 530 calories and 1,260 mg of salt. The Mac is healthier! Source:
  • CHANGE: 21% of daily calories come from beverages, not 1/3 of calories
  • True: Most people don't think of what they drink counts as calories. The average soda has 150 calories in a 12 ounce serving and some Starbucks coffee drinks are on the 300-400 calorie range. We already learned that Burger King shakes have approximately 600 calories. Even juice and milk are high in calories. Don't forget to pay attention to your beverage intake. It adds up. Sources:;;;
  • false. This may be true in the very short term, but you are losing a lot of water weight and little fat. If your body thinks it's starving, it will store fat instead of shedding it. It also causes permanent damage to your metabolism, so you will find it harder to lose weight in the future. Source:
  • False. Often people shy away from doing exercise using this excuse. However, research has shown that after 20 minutes of exercise people ate no more than those who had done nothing. The only difference was that those who had exercised thought the food tasted better. Source:
  • Frozen vegetables can be more healthful than fresh produce in the supermarkets, since frozen vegetables are processed at their peak, retaining much of their nutritional value. Fresh vegetables can lose nutritional value in transport.
  • False. Fat cannot be converted into muscle. Fat can be shed ONLY when the number of calories burned exceeds the number of calories taken. If the reverse happens, fat is gained. Fat cells act as one unit. This means you can’t choose an area where you wish to gain fat or lose it. You must burn fat and build muscle. Source:
  • Approximately 300mg/ 8 ounce serving
  • Believe it or not, true weight gain is a slow process. You need to eat an extra 3500 calories to gain one pound of body fat (and vice versa for losing it). There are good and bad fats.Although fat has more than twice as many calories per gram as carbohydrate or protein, it’s the total calories eaten that matter.
  • Well....A very wise man once said: “all things in moderation”. This ancient phrase applies to most things in life – including fast food. A moderate amount of fast food is no worse for you than a moderate amount of home-cooked meat and vegetables. A constant diet of  fast food is, obviously, not  healthy, but then again, eating macaroni and cheese every night is not very healthy either. Variety and moderation are the key to good eating and health. If you feel like a cheeseburger, eat one.
  •   False. No matter when you eat them, you gain weight when you eat more calories than you burn off. However, mindless munching in front of the TV at night can push calorie intake over the top.. gain. Source:
  • Catalyst Food Myths Gameshow

    1. 5. -Dried fruit contains just as many vitamins and nutrients as fresh fruit. 1/2 cup of dried fruit is equivalent to one serving of fresh fruit. -Dried fruit is easily transported and can be a great way to enjoy your favorite fruits in the off season
    2. 7. Fat free doesn’t mean calorie free! Food manufacturers often market to this common myth.
    3. 9. <ul><li>On average that’s… </li></ul><ul><li>1242 lbs of meat, eggs, and nuts </li></ul><ul><li>594 lbs of dairy </li></ul><ul><li>194 lbs of grains </li></ul><ul><li>418 lbs of vegetables </li></ul><ul><li>275 lbs of fruit </li></ul><ul><li>86 lbs of fats and oils </li></ul><ul><li>142 lbs of sugar and sweeteners </li></ul><ul><li>Enough to fill your stomach? </li></ul>
    4. 11. What people don’t realize is that the toppings can make a salad as bad as the regular food and they would be more content if they just ate a Big Mac.
    5. 13. <ul><li>What you drink counts for calories. </li></ul><ul><li>Most soft drinks have around 150 calories in a 12 ounce portion. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Starbucks coffee drinks can have 300-400 calories. </li></ul>
    6. 16. This only works on a short term level. Crash diets starve your body of energy, and when your body senses it’s starving, it will store fat instead of shedding it.
    7. 20. Like dried fruit, frozen vegetables are just as good for you as fresh ones.
    8. 22. Unlike The Hulk we cannot convert fat to muscle. Fat can ONLY be shed.
    9. 24. Milk has the same amount of calcium whether it is whole, 2%, 1%, or skim.
    10. 27. <ul><li>Believe it or not, true weight gain is a slow process. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not about fattening food as it is calorie intake. You need to eat an extra 3500 calories to gain one pound. (and vice versa) </li></ul>
    11. 29. <ul><li>A moderate amount of fast food is no worse for you than a moderate amount of home cooked food. </li></ul><ul><li>Variety and moderation are the key to healthy eating. </li></ul>
    12. 31. <ul><li>It doesn’t matter what time you eat. You gain weight when you eat more calories than you burn off. </li></ul>