Busting Food Myths


ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Are cage-free eggs more nutritious? Can coffee be considered a meal? Ivanhoe explains why certain beliefs when it comes to food can be very damaging for your health.

Starting your day right can have a big impact on the rest of your day, but one myth people should stop believing … is that coffee is a meal.

Kristen Kirkpatrick, MS RDN, Registered Dietitian says, “So biggest mistake people make is having foods that have absolutely no nutritional value.”

Black coffee only has five calories and contains no proteins, fats or carbs. If you’re looking for a quick, nutritious breakfast that can keep you full and energized, try Greek yogurt with fruit or a hard-boiled egg with avocado toast along with your coffee. Second myth, you shouldn’t eat after the sun has set if you don’t want to gain weight. Eating after a certain time does not cause weight gain … but eating a large meal in the evening does.

Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, Registered Dietitian at The Diet Diva says, “What I like to do is try to recommend equivalent meals throughout the day. Because when do you need energy? All day.”

That way you’re less likely to overeat during dinner. There are plenty of myths about eggs. A major one is that cage-free eggs provide more nutrients. Instead look for pasture raised eggs.

Megan Ware, RDN, LD, Registered Dietitian says, “They’re in their natural environment and so their bodies are able to make more omega three’s, healthy fats and so then you get more healthy fats from eating those eggs as well.”

Another myth: natural sugars, like honey or agave nectar, are healthier than table sugar. Any type of sugar used excessively can lead to increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Debunking these food myths.

One more myth: avoid the middle aisles in the grocery store because they only have processed and prepackaged products with no nutritional value. In fact, the middle aisles actually do contain items with a lot of nutritional value such as nuts, seeds, dried beans, frozen veggies and fruits, and spices.

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REPORT #3199

BACKGROUND: Food is a basic human need and is fundamental in promoting health as well as preventing disease. Our food choices depend on factors like motivation, appetite, cost, emotions, and accessibility. Beliefs are another factor that influence eating behavior. A lot of times, nutritional knowledge is obtained through unreliable information. Studies show that income, education, and the absence of children are factors that contribute to a higher perception of the health benefits as compared to the risks. Food myths are beliefs that are poorly justified and contradict existing evidence. Many of the existing myths are created from misinformation. It is this lack of information and knowledge that results in diseases such as metabolic syndrome, hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and cardiovascular diseases.

(Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8623929/)

COMMON NUTRITION MYTHS: Nutrition is an essential part of healthy living, and it is best to consult with a registered dietician or health professional about the foods you are eating to get the healthiest results. Some of the most common myths that have been discredited are that eating at night will make you gain weight, when it’s not eating enough during the day and then binge eating at night that is the issue. The key is to fuel your body regularly throughout the day. Another myth is that carbohydrates are bad and make you gain weight. Carbohydrates are the body’s preferred energy source. Healthy complex carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, and whole grains contain essential nutrients and fiber to sustain your energy through the day. Lastly, we’ve all heard about detoxing the body with a juice cleanse. When you drink juice over the whole fruit, we lose out on important nutrients our body needs to digest food. And the body can detox on its own with the help of the liver and kidneys.

(Source: https://www.gundersenhealth.org/health-wellness/eat-move/3-nutrition-myths-debunked)

NEW RESEARCH ON PROCESSED FOODS: A new study shows that eating ultra-processed foods has a greater risk of cognitive impairment and strokes. Participants in the study who followed a healthy diet and consumed minimal ultra-processed foods appeared to maintain better brain health compared to those who followed similar healthy diets but had more ultra-processed foods. The risk to the brain with ultra-processed foods are the carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars which can cause spikes in insulin and alter normal brain function. Risks become greater for metabolic syndrome and obesity, as well as high blood pressure, abnormal blood lipid levels, and type 2 diabetes. The additives in these processed foods can disrupt the microbiome in the gut and can lead to gut inflammation. The bottom line is to keep processed food to a  minimum to avoid larger health risks down the road.  

(Source: https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/ultra-processed-foods-just-say-no-202406173051#:~:text=According%20to%20the%20authors’%20analysis,lower%20risk%20of%20cognitive%20impairment.)

* For More Information, Contact:

Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN              Megan Ware, RDN, LD

tara@dietdiva.net                                info@orlandodietitian.com

Phone: (321) 287-8834                       Phone: 407-720-8636

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