Fact Checking: 5 Nutrition Myths

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Author: Lauren Merritt, MS, RD

With the new year, people have been setting personal goals for health and wellness. However, there is an abundance of nutrition information available at our fingertips; both true and false. It can be a little confusing, and overwhelming, to filter through all the information.

So, let’s break down some of the most common food and nutrition myths out there.

Myth 1: Carbohydrates are bad for you

Fact: Carbohydrates are our primary source of energy throughout the day. As long as we aren’t overeating our bodies will utilize the energy appropriately throughout the day.

Myth 2: You shouldn’t eat after 6pm

Fact: Your body does not recognize time in this way. (Think of graveyard workers, their day begins after 6pm). Eating late does not make you gain weight. Eating more than you burn is the cause of weight gain.

Myth 3: Only eat fresh fruits and vegetables

Fact: Frozen and canned items are picked at the peak of freshness and then packaged immediately. Fresh produce has to travel to the grocery store and we usually let it sit in our fridge or on our counter for multiple days.

Myth 4: Don’t eat egg yolks

Fact: Recent research has found that the dietary cholesterol does not have a direct effect on blood cholesterol in healthy populations. If you are not are risk, egg yolks do not need to be eliminated from you diet.

Myth 5: Organic is healthier

Fact: Buying organic produce may help you eliminate certain pesticides from your diet and support local farmers. But organic and conventional foods have the same nutritional content. 

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