What Nutritionists Revealed Are The 10 Biggest Health Food Misconceptions
While it seems like it should be simple to eat a healthy diet, the fact is that many misconceptions about nutrition still exist. Read on to learn more about the science behind the 10 biggest health food myths and misunderstandings.
1. Organic Food Is Always Healthier Than Non-organic
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there’s not necessarily any nutrition difference between organic and nonorganic produce, eggs, dairy, and meat.
2. Granola Bars Are Health Food
While many granola bars do have healthy servings of whole grain, the fact is that they’re also full of sugar and are typically cooked in butter or oil, which adds fat content.
3. “All Natural” Foods Are Healthier
Don’t be swayed by a food label with those two magic words. The fact is that since “all natural” is not a regulated or defined term by the USDA, any manufacturer can add that claim to their packaging.
4. Frozen Produce Contains Fewer Nutrients Than Fresh
Not so, according to the Today Show’s staff nutritionist. While frozen vegetables undergo a technique that preserves most of the nutrients, fresh vegetables are often trucked across the globe when they are out of season, resulting in a lack of freshness when they hit your table.
5. A Juice Cleanse Can Help You Lose Weight
While some say that drinking fruit and vegetable juices can help quicken your metabolism, the fact is that you actually need protein to ensure that you’re maintaining steady blood sugar. Keep juice and smoothies to no more than one meal per day.
6. The Fewer the Carbs, the Healthier Your Diet
While low carb has long been touted as the key to weight loss, you actually need plenty of carbohydrates in the form of whole grains. In fact, those who choose these healthy carbs tend to have lower body weight and lower risk of heart disease.
7. Eggs Are Bad for You
While eggs are high in cholesterol, they also have tons of protein and nutrients. The key is in how you eat them; go for boiled or poached rather than fried or scrambled.
8. Eating at Night Makes You Gain Weight
Not true, say the experts; calories have the same impact on your diet no matter what time of day they’re consumed.
9. Eating Several Small Meals Each Day Stokes Your Metabolism
While it’s popular myth that eating five to six small meals a day rather than two to three large meals leads to weight loss, that’s not necessarily the case. Instead, this pattern often leads you to consume more calories than you need.
10. Low Fat and Fat Free Foods Are Healthier
Not necessarily. Compare all the ingredients in this diet food to the full fat version. Chances are, the low fat model is loaded with sugar.