Nutrition: Myth or Reality

Many nutritional myths have been around for years. One doesn’t know what to believe and what not to believe. Here are five myths and the reality of those myths.

Myth 1: Eggs are bad for your heart

Reality: The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee dropped its caution on eating eggs and other foods high in cholesterol in 2015; it also rescinded its previous recommendation of limiting cholesterol intake to 300 mg daily. A 2015 study in the American Heart Journal found that even people with coronary artery disease showed no cardiac effect from daily egg consumption.

Myth 2: Eating Carbohydrates leads to weight gain

Reality: Calorie, not carbs, lead to excess pounds, but some carbohydrates are better for you than others. Skip foods with refined flour and added sugar, and focus on fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and whole grains to make healthy carbs work for you.

Myth 3: Fresh food is always better than frozen

Reality: While fresh is great if you can buy from local sources, frozen fruits and vegetables are a good alternative to standards found in the grocery store produce aisle since they are flash-frozen at their peak freshness after harvesting. They retain more nutrients than produce that has been picked before it is ripe and spent time traveling from farm to store.

Myth 4: Everyone should go gluten-free

Reality: Dropping gluten (a protein in wheat, barley and rye) has become a popular dietary trend in recent years. But unless you suffer from celiac disease or have gluten sensitivity, eliminating food such as whole-grain breads and cereals can reduce needed nutrients and dietary fiber, nutritionists warn. Additionally, commercially produced gluten-free products often have extra sugar, sodium or fats to make up for the often inferior quality or taste.

Myth 5: Eating late at night will lead to extra pounds

Reality: What you eat is more important than when you eat it. Late-night snackers tend to go for comfort items such as sweets or chips. Instead, nibble on fruits, vegetables or even Greek yogurt. A recent study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise found that eating protein a half-hour before going to bed helps protein synthesis, rebuilding muscle tissue and promoting muscle growth.

Keep your fork

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