Have you heard some of the crazy things about food out there?  There is really a lot of misinformation circulating out there that trusting people believe.  So today, we’ll debunk some of the most common food myths.

  • Eating carbs will make you fat.  Carbs have long been villainized in our culture (heard of the Atkins diet?) but they are actually a necessary part of a well-balanced, healthy diet.  There is a catch though – not all carbs are the same.  Natural sources of carbs will fuel your body while processed carbs will make you feel sluggish.  So look for healthy carbs and enjoy them!
  • Gluten free foods are healthier.  If you have gluten sensitivity, gluten free food is definitely healthier to avoid issues.  But for those without gluten sensitivities, gluten free foods are not necessarily healthier.  Just because a food is labeled as gluten free, it is not necessarily a healthy option for you.  Soda, for example, is gluten free.  Be sure to read labels to make sure you know what’s in your food..
  • Microwaving foods kills the nutrients.  Well, this is somewhat true.  Microwaving does destroy some nutrients but the damage is not significant.  Overall, it’s still better to eat real food cooked in the microwave that processed food, regardless of how it’s cooked.  Basically, it’s not something to worry about.
  • Frozen vegetables are less nutritious than fresh vegetables.  This is just not true.  Personally, I prefer fresh vegetables when those are available but frozen vegetables are an excellent alternative when fresh vegetables are not available.  Most frozen veggies are flash frozen at the peak of their freshness so they still retain all of their nutrients.  But i don’t always have time to get to the store and pick the freshest produce, so many times I use a bag of frozen vegetables.  And many times, vegetables aren’t in season and not available, so fresh isn’t an alternative.
  • You need to count calories to lose weight.  You may be happy to learn that you do not need to count calories to lose weight.  Switching to natural, unprocessed foods will naturally detoxify your body and jump start your weight loss.  In addition, real foods are lower in calories than processed foods so it is difficult to overeat and gain weight from eating too much spinach.
  • Eating fat makes you fat.  Nope, not true.  You should be eating fat….but it should be healthy fat.  Your body needs fat to perform certain functions.  The source of fat makes a big difference, though.  Healthy fats, such as those from nuts and avocados, contributes to improved health; while those from ice cream and junk food just contribute to a bigger waistline.

What other food myths have you heard?

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