|February 10, 2012||Posted by Carrie under Dietitians, Fitness Friday, food, intuitive eating|
I read this great article the other day (and shared via Facebook – do you follow me there?) and wanted to share it again here.
The article was on the Dietriffic blog. It’s a blog written by a British Registered Dietitian named Melanie Thomassian. There is tons of information on the website, the kind of stuff a nerdy nutrition student loves to read and read and read.
Anyway, the article was about Nutrition Myths. Go read the full article, but here are the bullet points.
Energy Drinks are healthy
Diet soda helps you lose weight
“Natural” foods are healthier for you
Chocolate is bad for you
Low fat foods are better for you
Eating at night leads to weight gain
Fasting helps clear toxins from your body
This is why I love studying nutrition. There is so much information out there and it can be overwhelming and confusing. How many of these myths have you believed at any time?
I know I used to believe at least 5 of them (the only one I never believed was that energy drinks were healthy – hello, big serving of sugar). Several of these myths can be solved by learning to read food labels. Natural foods and diet foods can be disproved by reading food labels.
The chocolate one is confusing. Yes, chocolate is good for you, but did you know that a beneficial serving size of dark chocolate is one ounce? That’s just about a one inch square of chocolate. No, it’s not a full chocolate bar.
Welcome Fitness Friday Friends!
On to my world for a moment: My ankle pain is fine. Every once in a while I have a twinge when my ankle turns in. But, I have no pain while I walk (that’s progress from earlier in the week). I’m still doing a lot of walking, it’s just something I can’t avoid. Between school and making sure I keep up our dog training which involves walks, it’s just not something that’s going to stop. Which is good, because I feel like I’ve lost my workout mojo. I can’t seem to make the effort to do any sort of exercise other than those walks. My eating is fine, water is good, attitude is good. Maybe I should just leave it all well enough alone.
I did manage to get my hair cut yesterday. I’m super cheap about my hair and have super limited time, so I went to a super cheap place, but the woman did a great job. My hair is in a ponytail half my life anyway, but at least only the healthy stuff remains.
So, what nutrition myths have you followed? Do you still question what you read about nutrition?