10 Healthy Eating Myths

Probably one of the most frustrating things about trying to eat healthy is all the conflicting information you find around on the internet. One study says that eating fats increases your risk of cancer or disease, while another piece of research says it will decrease your chances of disease. One day it is fine to eat X and the next day it’s not. It’s downright confusing. We asked several nutritionists to help set the record straight.

Check out our list of the top 10 myths that you are likely to run into and you’ll never fall for any of these lines again.

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1. You must count calories to lose weight.

You can count calories all you like but eating 100 calories of cupcakes or potato chips is not the same as eating 100 calories of vegetables or brown rice. Instead of focusing on calories, focus more on what you’re eating. If you eat more vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats that your body needs, then the weight will come off with no obsessive calorie counting.


2. One diet is better than another.

Everyone is an individual with different likes/dislikes, allergies, intolerances, and unique needs. If you dislike eating meat, a low carb diet is probably not going to work for you. We need to listen to what our bodies need, and how certain diets make us feel, to determine what works for us.


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3. Cold weather will make you sick.

Numerous studies of cold transmission show that people who get chilled aren’t more likely to get sick than those who stay warm. The truth of the matter is that, when it’s cold outside, people tend to stay indoors where they share germs.


4. Drinking milk will make you phlegmy.

In one study that involved 330 patients, nearly two thirds of them believed that milk increase the body’s production of phlegm. This simply isn’t true. One study had participants that were infected with a cold virus and had some of them drink a lot of milk. The actual weight of nasal secretions did not increase at all for those who drank milk. It was also not associated with more coughing or more congestion.


5. Sugar makes kids hyper.

Multiple studies show that eating sugar does not in any way affect behavior, but many people believe that this is the case. In one study, parents were told that their kids had ingested sugar and, not surprisingly, they tended to report behavior problems even though the kids had only had a sugar free drink.


6. Frozen fruits or vegetables are less nutritious than fresh.

Almost all fruits and veggies are flash frozen within hours of being picked from the fields, which locks in those nutrients. Fresh produce is nice because it can have more fiber but keeping some frozen fruits and veggies on hand for times when you’re in a hurry or when those items are out of stock because they are not in season.


7. Eggs are bad.

So many people have egg phobias that are unwarranted. Eggs are a great source of protein and healthy fats and that makes them a great way to feel satisfied and full. Don’t skip that yolk, either. It’s loaded with essential fatty acids that your body needs. Read more about eggs and their benefits.


8. Low carb or no carb diets are good for you

Your body must have carbs to function, especially your brain. Now, it’s true that your brain doesn’t need refined carbs such as cookies, candy, white bread, or pasta. Eat healthy carbs such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Carbs aren’t bad, it’s where those carbs come from that matters.


9. Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.

This is another popular myth that simply isn’t true. Those who crack their knuckles, as irritating as it might be to some of us, are no more likely to get arthritis than those who don’t annoy everyone with that popping sound.


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10. You should poop every day.

Well, this is half true. You do need regular bowel movements in order to keep everything “moving” and to prevent constipation but not everyone poops every day. For some people twice a day is normal, for others, every other day works for them. You should only consider your bowel movements abnormal if you have less than three bowel movements per week.