Common Nutrition Myths: True or False

Today’s contribution is by Good Measure Meals’ registered dietitian, Kayla Anderson MPH, RD  With all the information floating around about nutrition, it’s hard to keep track of what’s true and what simply hasn’t been proven. Here are 5 nutrition myths to be weary of: Eating eggs raises your cholesterol.FALSE: The cholesterol found in foods has little to do with the amount of cholesterol in your body. However, it is certain saturated and trans fat that cause the body to increase the amount of cholesterol it produces. Therefore, no need to cut eggs out of your diet. They are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. Organic foods are more nutritious than conventional foods.FALSE:  The research has shown no significant nutritional difference exists between conventional and organic crops and livestock. There is, of course, still the issue of trace amounts of pesticides or herbicides therefore wash conventional produce thoroughly. Cooking olive oil destroys its health benefits.FALSE: As long as oil is kept below its smoking point (about 405°F), flavor and nutrition are intact. Standard sautéing with olive oil can stand up to the heat. You should be more focused on how you store oil.  Heat, light, and air drastically affect stability of the fats and phytonutrients in the oil. Store oil in a room-temp cupboard, away from light, and use within six months. Your body needs a juice cleanse every once in a while to stay healthy.FALSE: Our bodies already have a built-in detox system — our lungs, liver, kidneys and digestive tract all work together to eliminate toxins from our bodies. Detox diets set you up for even more weight gain when you go off of them, since they typically result in muscle loss. Eating after 8pm causes weight gain.FALSE: Weight gain is about total calories consumed per day vs. calories expended per day. The time of day calories are consumed will not contribute to weight gain. Be mindful about what and how much you are eating throughout the day. If you are still hungry after dinner time, try snacking on fresh fruit.