Dietician: Jezebel’s Banana-Diet Girl Eats 250 Teaspoons of Sugar a Day

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I wasn’t planning to talk about the crazy post on Jezebel last Friday about the Australian girl who says she eats 51 bananas a day and claims that her nearly entirely raw, banana-heavy diet has led to a 40-pound weight loss. But then no fewer than five different people sent me a link to that post, with questions ranging from “Whaaaaaa?” to “HOW CAN THIS BE POSSIBLE?!” so I thought I’d weigh in.

Actually, I did better than that. I talked to Main Line Health dietician Judy Matusky, who works at Bryn Mawr and Paoli hospitals, about what such a diet might do to a person’s body. Our conversation was pure conjecture, of course—Matusky didn’t personally examine the aforementioned Banana Girl—but the outcomes are based on fact, on what consuming that many bananas would most likely do to a person’s body.

Here, seven scary things I learned from our conversation.

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What the Heck Is “Carb Cycling”?

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The question in the headline of this post was the exact question that ran through my head when I heard tell of a segment on Action News about something called Carb Cycling. I wondered, first, if it was a new diet for the (non-doping) Lance Armstrongs of the world. But when I clicked and saw a segment featuring Unite Fitness veep and occasional Be Well Philly contributor Juliet Burgh, I knew I had it all wrong.

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