With all the nutrition messages out there, it is very easy to get a diet myth confused with the real truth. So let’s sort through the myths and gather nutrition truths.
Whole grains are bland and boring.
Whole grains are not as boring as they sound. They’re just different, of course better in nutrition--more fiber, vitamins, and minerals with a more complex and nutty flavor. Jazz up your whole grains by searching for new recipes and uses for your whole grains. Try a new whole grain to peak your interest like millet, quinoa, spelt, amaranth, or barley.
Dried fruit is loaded with sugar.
All fruit contains sugar naturally. So when the moisture is removed, dried fruit still contains the natural sugar that’s meant to be there. However, some dried fruits may contain added sugar, so check the ingredient list. For example, the ingredient list for raisins says simply, “raisins.” Nothing else added.
Eggs are bad for you.
Eggs are high in cholesterol, but cholesterol in food has little impact on blood cholesterol levels. Research suggests that saturated fat and trans fat have a more potent effect on raising cholesterol in the blood, increasing the risk of heart disease. Eggs are an excellent source of protein, and they contain B vitamins, and choline too.
Thou shalt not eat after dark.
Your metabolism does not shut down at night, and it cannot tell time or know when the sun disappears. It is common for some people to eat too much at night, while they sit on the couch—making it difficult to lose or maintain weight. The food you eat should match the demands on the body, so the key is not to eat more than you need regardless of the time of day.
Eating breakfast increases the appetite and leads to overeating.
Habitually skipping breakfast may train your body to ignore its hunger cues, and decrease your appetite for food in the morning. However, your body still needs food to “break the fast” and give you energy. Research suggests that skipping breakfast may actually set you up to eat more over the course of the day.
What diet myths have you been told? Have you ever been confused with mixed nutrition messages?