5 Nutrition Myths You Might Still Believe

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Let’s address food myths because it is always good to remind ourselves of reality. As basic as it is, we adults need to be reminded of what is healthy for us.

The next time you are tempted to pull into a fast food line, or stop by the food truck, just stop and remember the basics of nutrition and healthy eating. You can do it. Just stop in your tracks and think smartly.

Myth: Proper nutrition is only about fueling a healthy body. 
Food Fact: Don’t forget about feeding your brain! The brain consumes calories too, about 600 per day on the average. Food choices that support cardiovascular health – a diet primarily consisting of non-starchy vegetables and fruits, healthy oils and fats, a variety of protein sources, and selected whole grains – are also good for the brain and may enhance cognitive functioning across your lifespan.

Myth: Loading up on carbs provides a reliable source of sustained energy. 
Food Fact: The calories from added sugar and refined starches and grains may produce a brief energy surge - one that quickly fades to lethargy. Reducing the consumption of foods with added sugar, which includes many prepared foods and snacks, is the top recommendation in the newly released Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

Myth: Fats are bad. 
Food Fact: The Dietary Guidelines continue to advise limiting the consumption of saturated fat found in red meats and dairy products. Choose alternatives instead, like chicken, fish such as salmon and tuna, and don’t forget how seeds, nuts, and avocados are ready sources of good fats.

Myth: Meaty meals are the best sources of protein. 
Food Fact: We are in wide agreement that most Americans rely too heavily on red and processed meats as their primary sources of protein. Some studies have linked regular consumption of red and processed meats to an increased risk of cancer. You can add more healthy sources of protein by planning meals that include seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, legumes like beans and peas, nuts, seeds and soy-based products.

Myth: I’m Hungry And It’s Only Mid Afternoon 
Food Fact: Actually snacking between meals is not bad. In fact, doctors say five or six small meals a day is the best way to maintain and lose weight. It keeps the metabolism going and working “for you.” Snacking keeps the body from thinking it is being deprived and keeps your metabolism from slowing down. Burn baby burn. But throw out the potato chips or that hidden candy bar in your desk drawer and become a healthy snacker.


Nutrition and its impact on human performance, especially for educators and their students, is very important. Consider the way you eat to be a “Body-Brain” type of diet. If you find yourself in the position of getting overly hungry, just stop and drink a full glass of water to edge off your hunger. You’ll be happy with yourself and probably make better choices.

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