Mom Was Right

The older I get, the more I realize – Mom was right. Sadly we really can’t have our cake and eat it too. Two stories have crossed my desk today, neither of which look good for those of us who want to lose weight but still eat our favorite gooey, processed, and less-than-healthy foods.

The first was a story out of Purdue University. Seems researchers have found that rats who ate fat substitutes actually ate more than the other rats who ate “real” fat. What do rats have to do with people? Rats and humans share a similar metabolism – something to ponder.

The other story was about how diet soda doesn’t actually help us diet. In fact, diet soda drinkers had much larger waistlines than non-diet soda drinkers (no word on whether the thinner group drank regular, sugar sweetened soda or were soda-free). Plus, those pesky rodents were at it again. This time it was mice, who ended up pre-diabetic from drinking all that diet soda.

Although eating too much fat and too much sugar is certainly not a good thing, apparently eating their chemical substitutes is just as bad if not worse. So here’s another “Momism” to live by – moderation in all things. Good advice. Thanks Mom!

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Renee Pottle, an author and heart-healthy educator, loves to explore and write about the Mediterranean Diet. She blogs at and

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  1. vinicooksveg says:

    Yes, its so true that as we get older, we realise that mum was always right! so true! Great post.

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