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The Truth Behind Common Food Myths

The Truth Behind Common Food Myths
February 11
02:39 2016

With all of the information out there today, it’s hard to know what to trust and what to laugh off when it comes to nutrition. Forget everything you’ve read because here’s the truth behind these common food myths:

 

Skip the yolk?

For years, experts have said it’s best to only eat the egg white, but is it true? No! Supposedly, yolks were a factor in high cholesterol, which we now know is not true because cholesterol in food does not affect cholesterol in the blood. Don’t skip out on eating the yolk! A whole egg is low in fat and full of Omega-3 fatty acids, protein and vitamins that keep you full and satisfied throughout the morning.

 

Yogurt-covered snacks.

From fruit and nuts to sweet treats like candy, brands have started covering everything in yogurt in an attempt to market it as healthy. The truth? The yogurt used on these products is generally not yogurt at all, but mainly sugar, yogurt powder, and hydrogenated oil. Skip the processed stuff and eat yogurt on its own.

 

Agave vs. sugar.

Many experts praised agave as the best alternative to sugar, claiming it didn’t spike blood sugar and tasted just as sweet. However, now it turns out agave contains more fructose than other sweeteners, even higher than high fructose corn syrup! Fructose can lead to a higher risk of diabetes and liver damage, so steer clear of agave.

 

Go gluten-free.

The gluten-free trend reaches far beyond those who actually need to be gluten-free because of Celiac disease or allergies. However, if you don’t need to be on a gluten-free diet, there’s no reason for you to do it. In fact, it could be hurting you! Many gluten-free products lack nutrients such as fiber that you need to maintain a healthy diet and are higher in fats and sugar to improve the taste.

 

Wrap vs. sandwich

Another fad over the years has been the low-carb trend. To follow this diet, many people turned to losing the bread in favor of a tortilla on sandwiches and burgers. Sorry low-carb dieters, but tortillas actually have almost twice the calories, more than double the fat, and almost three times as much sodium as bread! Making this swap is definitely not worth it.

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