July 19, 2021

033 | The Tic Tac Fallacy | Sorry, It's Not Good For You!

Show Summary:

In today’s show, we discuss the Tic Tac fallacy.  We use this term when discussing food that people think is good for them, but it is really not.

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The show starts with the hosts talking about Peter’s floppy colon and his misguided beliefs around the role gas plays in bowel movements.


In our win/fail segment:

Peter started his kids on the Greenlight App, an online bank account/debit card.  Check it out hereWIN.

Gary did some DIY to his two cars and saved close to $300.  He is now planning to try to replace his own brakes.  Uh oh!  WIN.

Sarah has not cried this week!  She had been crying three times a day but has not this week. WIN.

Main Discussion:

Next, we dive into our topic of the day, “The Tic Tac Fallacy | Sorry, It’s Not Good For You!”  

In this show, we talk about foods that we often believe are good for us but that really are not.  We also talk about the marketing around these foods that intentionally mislead us.

Here is the complete list of the foods we discussed and those we did not:

Healthy Workout Food

  • Energy bars
  • Trail mix
  • Protein bars/shakes/smoothies
  • Sports drinks
  • Smoothies

Low-Calorie Food

  • Tic Tacs
  • Salads covered with a dressing, cheese, bacon, etc.
  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Reduced-fat anything
  • Turkey bacon
  • Frozen yogurt

High-Calorie Food We Think Is Healthy

  • Granola
  • Nuts
  • Dried Fruit

Sugar-Free/Fat-Free Foods

  • Diet Soda
  • Energy Drinks
  • Salad Dressing

Sugar Substitutes

  • Cane Sugar
  • Agave Nectar


  • Multi-Grain Bread
  • Fruit juice
  • Veggie chips
  • Pretzels
  • Deli meats

We then discuss some of the marketing schemes companies use to get us the buy these products.  Some of these include:

  • “Real Fruit”
  • “All Natural”
  • “Natural Flavors”
  • “No Sugar Added”
  • “GMO-Free”
  • “Gluten-Free”
  • “Women-Owned”
  • “Organic”
  • “Light”
  • “Locally Grown”
  • Colors that we believe to be healthy (green)
  • Images of active and healthy people

Fan Feedback:

  1. We have a good text message from Steve asking us about the 4% Rule.

Key Topics:

  • Healthy Food
  • Weight Gain/Loss
  • Calories
  • Fat
  • Healthy Eating

Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

  • None

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What Is Now (W.I.N.) | July 22, 2021 

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