“Ice-cold green tea is a negative calorie drink.“
That negative-calorie tidbit was spewed by “weight loss guru” Jorge Cruise (real name: George Maurer).
Despite glowing recommendations by the likes of Dr. David Katz and Dr. Oz, Mr. Cruise Maurer doesn’t have any nutrition-related credentials. This sometimes results in him sharing incorrect and misguided advice and tips, such as the one above.
Why the glowing recommendations, then? Simple — Cruise Maurer is part of Oprah world (the benefit of having friends of friends in cream-of-the-crop PR jobs), so it only benefits Dr. Oz and Dr. Katz to prop him up (especially since Katz and Cruise Maurer have co-authored a handful of books). I suspect the docs’ kudos are more business strategy than true admiration (at least, I hope so).
There is no mention of amounts or sizes, so I’ll assume he means an 8-ounce cup of green tea.
The truth is, our metabolism doesn’t care about the temperature of food. Remember, our bodies are set at 98.6 degrees. Ice-cold drinks do not stay ice-cold as they travel through the digestive system. Cutting calories through the consumption of ice-cold drinks is not at all an efficient strategy.
Mr. Cruise Maurer’s statement that a glass of green tea with ice is equivalent to burning 50 additional calories is absolutely wrong. As are many of the claims he makes on this page:
Mr. Cruise Maurer claims that if we get enough fiber, we should have three bowel movements a day. Absolutely untrue. It is perfectly healthy to have less than three per day.
Mr. Cruise Maurer claims that commercial red meat is high in bad cholesterol. I assume he means bad fat. There is no such thing as “good cholesterol” and “bad cholesterol” in food. This is Nutrition 101 material.
Mr. Cruise Maurer claims that “All energy drinks are high in calories, which is fine if you’re super active”. I strongly disagree. Even if you are “super active” and burn those excess calories, energy drinks are extremely high in added sugars, which no one needs. Besides, if someone is “super active”, they need nutritionally-dense foods, not energy boosts.
Mr. Cruise Maurer recommends fresh fruit over dried fruit; claims people erroneously think dried fruit is a good alternative. There is nothing wrong with dried fruit. Sure, excess amounts can quickly add up calorically, but there is no reason why someone should avoid eating raisins, goji berries, or dried mango.
Mr. Cruise Maurer claims growth hormones in dairy products make us “grow” and get too big. Huh? The health concerns surrounding recombivant bovine growth hormone has to do with genetic modification and possible increases in certain cancer risks. The notion that growth hormones make humans “grow” (what does that even mean as far as adults are concerned?) is silly.