Nutrition Myths Debunked

Last week we talked facts. This week we’re talking myths. Here are some of my favorite nutrition myths debunked once and for all:

Myth#1: There is a magical list of foods that will save your life – Superfoods. We all come across them but just how super are they? Yes, blueberries are linked to brain function. And tart cherry juice may reduce inflammation. But while these foods do have health benefits, no one food will save your life. Especially if it’s masked by fat, sugar and calories. Blueberries buried beneath a calorie and fat laden muffin isn’t going to save your life. But a balanced, healthy diet rich in whole foods just might!

Myth #2: Fad diets work -Our bodies compensate for extreme dieting with extreme hunger. Although we hate to hear that word “moderation,” it is key when it comes to eating. If it’s not a balanced approach that you can and will stick to for a lifetime, it’s not gonna last. And neither will the weight loss. Just remember – the slower it comes off, the more likely you are to keep it off. Most importantly, if you’ve gone on a diet more than once, it doesn’t work. A healthy diet is one that you eat forever. There’s no going on and off.

Myth #3: To eat healthfully, I must eliminate an entire food group – Whether it’s sugar, gluten, fat, or carbs it seems there is always a new culprit in the war on weight. But giving up an entire group of foods is a surefire way to crave it. It can also deprive you of important vitamins and minerals. Unless you have a food allergy or medical condition, eliminating something completely from your diet is simply another fad diet masked in depravity.

Myth #4: Natural or herbal weight loss products are safe and effective- Be careful as these products are not usually scientifically tested to prove that they are safe or that the work. Don’t mistake natural with healthy. And more importantly, don’t mistake it for safe. Consult your doctor before using any of these products.

Myth #5: I heard it on TV, it must be true! If it sounds too good to be true, it is! Most of the claims for these “miracle” products (yes, I’m talking about you raspberry ketones) are unsubstantiated and based on very small studies – many of which are done on mice, not humans. It’s easy to twist the science into nice little sound bites. But seeing actual results is a different story. What does show results? A diet rich and fruits and veggies! How’s that for your nice little sound bite?

2 Responses to “Nutrition Myths Debunked”

  1. bob says:

    Sarah, I’m Emma’s dad. I told her I was thinking of going on Bill Clinton’s diet. She quoted your blog about masked in depravity. So I read it. Good stuff. How do you feel about protein shakes for breakfast?

    • Sarah Abrams says:

      Hi Bob! Hope you are doing well. Bill Clinton follows a plant-based/vegan diet. This can be a healthy diet if done right. However, if it’s just a means to lose weight and done temporarily it’s just another fad diet. As for protein shakes, I always say it’s better to eat your calories rather than drink them! Oatmeal is my superstar breakfast recommendation!

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