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Experts Offer Actress Maple-Sugar Insights

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:14pm

This is a follow-up to my earlier post about“Red Eye” actress Rachel McAdams dishing out dismal dietary advice to "Drink Maple Syrup.”

To prevent anyone from following this nonsensical sugar gorging, I've consulted a number of nutritionists and physicians, who, like me, were dismayed by McAdams' recommendations, and wrote the following press release, which is being published in newspapers and websites the world over:

Red Eye”starRachel McAdams, 29, revealed disastrous dietary advice that has nutritionists and medical doctors shaking their heads in disbelief.

The actress, who appears opposite Cillian Murphy in the suspenseful Wes Craven-directed film now playing in movie theaters, is quoted – along with a number of other celebrities – in Tuesday’s “Diet Secrets of the Stars,” as saying thather love for sugar helps keep her thin.

“I drink maple syrup,” she told AOL, to explain how she keeps her slim figure. “Then I'm hyper so I just run around like crazy and work it all off.”

Journalist Connie Bennett, author of the upcoming book, SUGAR SHOCK! (– for which she interviewed more than 250 physicians, experts, and researchers – cautions Americans against adopting this foolhardy habit.

“Telling people to drink maple syrup isn’t good diet advice,” Bennett says. “It’s a recipe for health woes galore.”

Walter Willett, M.D., chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health says that “a little bit of maple syrup now and then on a whole wheat pancake would be just fine. [But] drinking maple syrup regularly is a terrible idea nutritionally.  It is really no different than sugar or refined starch metabolically,” adds the author of Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy:  TheHarvardMedicalSchoolGuide to Healthy Eating.

Fred Pescatore, M.D., author of The Hamptons Diet , contends that taking maple syrup beverage breaks like this ultimately could “lead to blood-sugar disturbances.”

Diet doctor Stuart Fischer, M.D. ( agrees. “A diet top-heavy in simple carbohydrates can easily lead to pancreatic insufficiency and/ or insulin resistance, forerunners of diabetes.

"Celebrities who offer this type of `nutritional advice’ can encourage the worst habits their fans can think up....and a country staggering under the twin disasters of obesity and overweight should be receiving proper guidance from the medical community, not Hollywood `talent.’” 

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