Debunking Five Nutritional Myths and Misconceptions

Debunking Five Nutritional Myths and Misconceptions

December 18, 2023

Debunking Five Nutritional Myths and Misconceptions

It sometimes seems like nutritional information is constantly changing. Not long ago, health experts suggested limiting egg consumption to two eggs per week. Now, guidelines suggest a healthy person can eat up to seven eggs per week. Science is an ongoing process. New research sometimes proves older information wrong.

Nutritional myths are like that, too. Some nutritional myths are based on information that was once considered factual but is now outdated. Other nutritional myths are ideas that have been widely accepted despite the fact they were never based on evidence. Read on for five nutritional myths that deserve to be debunked to help you make choices that align with fact versus fiction.

Five Nutritional Myths Busted

Nutritional myths can hold you back from living your healthiest life. These five myths include some of the most common misinformation about meeting your nutritional goals.

1. Eating Healthy Is Too Expensive

The myth that healthy food is difficult to afford stops many people from even trying to improve their diet. It’s true that some healthy foods are more expensive than the budget-stretching foods you may have grown up on, but eating a healthy diet doesn’t have to be expensive if you follow a few simple guidelines:

  • Plan meals around seasonal foods and sale items
  • Stock up on staples like whole-wheat pasta, frozen vegetables, and brown rice when they’re on sale
  • Don’t waste food — the USDA estimates approximately 35% of food in the U.S. gets wasted
  • Make a grocery list and stick to it
  • Double favorite recipes and put one portion in the freezer
  • Avoid processed snack foods, sodas, and specialty drinks

Also, avoid shopping at “health food” stores. You can find healthy, whole foods at your local market and big box discount stores. It’s not necessary to shop at upscale markets to find items that support your health.

2. No Treats Are Allowed

The idea of giving up your favorite sweet treats forever is depressing. A healthy diet can include the occasional cookie, bowl of ice cream, or crispy potato chips. When it comes to treats, balance is key. Depending on your health goals, snacking every day may not be ideal, but having dessert or your favorite savory snack once or twice a week may be alright.

Making treats at home allows you the opportunity to decrease unhealthy ingredients. Switching refined sugar for maple syrup or vegetable oil for coconut oil may not reduce the calories in a cookie, but it does increase the nutritional value.

3. Some Foods Burn Fat

No amount of celery will burn off the calories from those two extra slices of pizza. There are no magic foods that will rev up your metabolism. Any diet plan that focuses on eliminating entire food groups or consuming only specific foods is likely unsustainable and not healthy in the long run.

4. Fat-Free Is the Healthier Choice

Many nutritional myths were born in the 1980s, and the idea that fat is bad for you is one of them. Of course, a person can consume more fat than their body needs, just as they can consume more protein or carbohydrates than they need, but fat is not inherently unhealthy. In fact, your body needs fat to protect your organs, maintain cell membranes, and support brain function.

Many low-fat products are actually more unhealthy than full-fat versions. Removing the fat removes the flavor. Some food manufacturers add more salt, sugar, or chemical flavorings to make fat-free and low-fat products more palatable.

5. When It Comes to Weight Loss, Calorie Deficit Is All That Matters

Burning more energy than you consume is the key to sustainable weight loss, but it’s not the only factor. Many other variables affect a person’s weight loss. Certain health conditions, hormone imbalances, genetics, and some medications can make it more difficult to shed unwanted pounds, even with strict calorie control.

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