The internet can be a source of great information but also numerous nutrition myths. It can be difficult to weed through various websites and effectively apply health discoveries to your daily routine. Are nutrition myths affecting your health journey? We bust these myths with smart nutrition tips to help you become the healthiest you ever.
Nutrition Myth #1: Fresh is always best
The truth is 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 more so 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 the fork.
Frozen fruits and vegetables are available year-round – usually at great prices. And just think of how expensive fresh produce becomes when you forget to eat it, and then later find it wilted in the back of the refrigerator and have to toss it.
If you find the frozen foods aisle to be 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.
Bottom Line: Frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh, and sometimes even more!
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. 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 carbohydrates are the body’s preferred energy source. Carbs help fuel our muscles and brain, and more!
And giving up carbohydrates would be hard for anyone. It means no fruit, grains (rice, quinoa, pasta, and bread), beans and lentils, and even vegetables such as 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 for you is ideal, the number on the scale is just one measure. It’s not the final word on health. Metrics like BMI (body mass index is a measure of your weight based on height) don’t tell the full story. It doesn’t necessarily consider all factors such as muscle mass, waist circumference, percent body fat, gender, and age.
Regardless of weight, consider other health numbers such as your blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels as well as your fitness, mental, and emotional well-being to determine your overall health.
Bottom Line: Know your numbers. You can achieve health at any size.
Nutrition Myth #5: You have to follow a diet perfectly to be healthy
Because this might be virtually impossible to do, you’ll be relieved to know that this is not true.
No one diet works for everyone. There are many ways to nourish the body and maintain good health. You don’t have to be the perfect vegan or vegetarian, follow the DASH or Mediterranean Diet to the letter, or follow a strict meal plan. That’s good news!
Following a strict diet is not required or recommended. Aiming for perfection in every bite can become an unhealthy behavior called orthorexia. And research shows that restricting or forbidding your favorite foods could lead to overeating later.
Trade guilt for a more flexible and moderate way of eating. Aim for eating well most meals. And start small. Allow yourself some flexibility for birthday cake and other treats now and again.
Bottom Line: The perfect diet doesn’t exist
Remember, when it comes to making smart nutrition choices, you get many times a day to make a difference. Enjoy the journey, bite by bite.For more information, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @Theralogix! Don’t miss an article! Sign up for our newsletter and we’ll let you know when our next article comes out.