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Don’t be deceived by nutrition myths and misinformation. Here is some advice to help you seek the truth when it comes to a healthy diet.

The internet is like having all the information you could ever want – right at your fingertips. But, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet. Nutrition misinformation is all over the world wide web, and it’s hard to figure out what’s true and what’s not.  

Don’t be deceived by nutrition myths and misinformation. Theralogix is here to help you seek the truth when it comes to a healthy diet.  

Nutrition Myth #1: Fresh is always best. 

The truth is that frozen fruits and vegetables can be a healthy way to put produce on your plate.  

Frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh – and sometimes it may be even better because it’s picked and quickly frozen after harvest. Freezing is an excellent form of preservation. The process helps reduce nutrient loss, which increases the longer it takes to get the food from the field to your fork.  

Frozen fruits and vegetables are available year-round – usually at great prices, too. And if you think about how often fruits and vegetables are forgotten in your refrigerator, slowly withering away until you finally toss them in the trash, frozen produce is a great way to reduce food waste.  

If you find the frozen foods aisle overwhelming, you’re not alone. Look for options without added sugar, sauces, or additives. Buy fresh produce in season and stock up on frozen fruits and veggies for quick and healthy meals all year long.  

Bottom Line: Frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh, and sometimes it’s even better. 

Nutrition Myth #2: Fruit has too much sugar.  

While fruit is a natural source of sugar, it’s also packed with lots of nutrition. Fruit provides essential nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium. In addition to abundant vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, whole fruits are loaded with fiber and water, which can help with satiety and hydration. Use it to get a boost of nutrition while sweetening up a smoothie, salad, or baked goods.  

NUTRITION TIP: MyPlate recommends 2 cups of fruit per day. Aim for variety. Choose berries, bananas, grapes, oranges, and more.  

Bottom Line: Fruit is a healthy addition to a balanced diet. It’s easily the healthiest sweet you can eat. 

Nutrition Myth #3: Carbohydrates are bad for you. 

This myth has been around for ages. With the popularity of keto and other low-carb diets, this myth seems to prevail. The truth is that carbohydrates are the body’s preferred energy source. In fact, carbs help fuel your muscles, brain, and more.  

Giving up carbohydrates would be hard for anyone. It means no fruit, grains (rice, quinoa, pasta, and bread), beans and lentils, and even starchy vegetables like peas and sweet potatoes. With that, there’s a chance you won’t meet the recommended daily fiber and may miss out on some essential nutrients. 

So, there’s no need to fear carbohydrates. Instead, consider a balanced approach. Focus on eating complex carbohydrates like beans, peas, whole grains, and fruit. Avoid or limit processed foods and those with added sugar such as cookies, candies, or cake. 

Bottom Line: The body uses carbohydrates to function at its best. 

Nutrition Myth #4: Your weight equals your health. 

Though aiming for a healthy weight is ideal, the number on the scale is just one measure. It’s not the sole indicator of your health. Your diet, physical activity level, family history, mental health, and plenty of other factors influence your overall health, too. Be sure to schedule regular visits with your healthcare provider so you can keep tabs on your labs, and practice healthy lifestyle habits to keep you feeling your best.  

Bottom Line: You can achieve health at any size. Focus on healthy lifestyle habits, like a balanced diet and regular physical activity.  

Nutrition Myth #5: You have to follow a diet perfectly to be healthy.  

 Nutrition isn’t one-size-fits-all. . There so are many ways to nourish your body and maintain good health – and none of them have to be restrictive. Focus on filling your plate with a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. But remember, all foods can fit in a balanced diet. Eat foods that make your body feel energized and strong most of the time, and give yourself permission to enjoy the foods that you love.

Bottom Line: The perfect diet doesn’t exist. Focus on a varied, balanced diet, and eat what makes your body feel its best.  

It’s fair to question nutrition information you hear from a friend or read on the internet. So, before you adopt any kind of nutrition advice into your own lifestyle, make sure it’s true (and right for you) by consulting with a trusted nutrition expert, like a registered dietitian.  

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