I could care less how a celebrity dresses on the red carpet or how their hair looks when they're buying Advil at their local drugstore at 1 AM.
I do, however, like to keep tabs on what they are telling the media about nutrition and health.
Not so much because I think I'll stumble upon some revolutionary new concept, but because many times their eating habits and "tips" -- which many people often apply to their own lives -- are far off the mark.
Take Britney Spears' latest statement to OK! Magazine:
"I'm the healthiest I've been all my life.
My diet has a lot to do with my getting into shape. I have no sugar. I don't eat fruit or even fruit juice because of the sugar.
I eat chicken and salmon and rice. I eat avocados. I'll have egg whites for breakfast and sometimes turkey burgers for lunch. I try to do just 1,200 calories a day. It may sound like it's not much, but it's actually a lot of food if you eat the right things."
Some of those concepts are NOT OK with me.
Let's start with the positives. She has clearly realized that a daily intake of Cheetos and Frappuccinos won't do much to help her get back in shape.
Additionally, avocados and salmon are a great way to get healthy fats.
Now, onto the "not so great" attributes.
I'd like to think Britney is pointing out just a few of the foods she eats, rather than her daily staples. Otherwise, she is on the fast track to boredom with such a small selection.
And, hello, where's the fiber?
My main frustration, however, stems from her claim that, in order to keep a sugar-free diet, Britney has cut out fruits and fruit juice.
Fruit juice, I can understand. After all, most fruit juices are simply sugar (in this case, fructose) water with vitamins. Since they are in liquid form, they don't do much in terms of satiety, either.
But giving up fruit? I can't think of any reason to do that.
Think about it for a minute. Doesn't it sound slightly ridiculous to say, "I'm eating healthy, so no more fruit in MY fridge!"?
A medium sized apple only contains 90 calories, but also provides fiber, phytonutrients, and a variety of vitamins.
Please don't mistake that recent study about fructose intake and weight gain to mean you should never have fruit.
The fiber in whole fruit offsets the sharp rise in blood glucose you get when you drink pure fruit juice juice.
Besides, a whole orange provides significantly lower levels of fructose than a glass of OJ.
So, Britney, please don't fear. A banana in the morning or some kiwi in the afternoon will not lead you astray.
Thank you to reader Kristin MacBride for sending along Britney's quote.