Top 5 Nutrition Myths


Top 5 Nutrition Myths

Top 5 Nutrition Myths

By Joe Crowe

It’s important to be careful about nutrition. Many hints and tips may sound good, but are not as helpful or healthy as they seem. Worse yet, some bad advice has stuck around so long that they seem to be stuck in the minds of the general public.

Registered dietitian Samantha Cassetty dispelled some of those myths on

Myth 1: There are no bad foods. “We can’t compare a Kit Kat to spinach. Some foods are better than others and some foods are bad for you,” dietitian Lauren Slayton said in the NBC report. But there is good news, Slayton said. “Does this mean we need to live exclusively on ‘good’ foods? No.” We should just limit contact with unhealthy food, she added. “Don’t worry. The Kit Kat won’t be insulted,” Slayton said.

Myth 2: Use unrefined sugar in place of ordinary sugar. “Sugar is sugar!” said dietitian Lauren Harris-Pincus in the NBC report. Honey, agave, maple syrup, coconut sugar, cane juice, and fruit juice concentrate are all code words for sugar, the report said. The American Heart Association suggests, at most, 6 teaspoons of sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men, the report said.

Myth 3: Fruit has too much sugar. This one is a particular irritant for dietitians, the report said.  “It’s amazing how many people think fruit should be avoided,” said dietitian Natalie Rizzo in the report. 

Sugar in fruit is different than that added to processed foods, she said. “It’s paired with so many other beneficial vitamins, minerals, and nutrients… there is no reason a healthy person should avoid fruit,” Rizzo said.

Myth 4: Don’t eat egg yolks. Skipping the yolks makes you miss some nutrition benefits, dietitian Angie Asche said in the NBC report. “Egg yolks are rich in vitamins A and D, fatty acids, and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, to name a few,” Asche added.

Myth 5: Juicing is a great way to lose weight. “Drinking only juice would leave you short of the calories your body needs to optimally function,” said dietitian Amy Gorin. “You’d also be getting mostly carbohydrates and would be lacking the protein and healthy fats your body needs daily.”


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