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Food myths Sep. 30, 2012
Written by: Fran Berkoff, QMi Agency

Some food myths just don't go away.

The more I talk to people, the more I hear the same questions being asked over and over. So , here are five myths that are still at the top of my "most asked" list:

MYTH: In order to have a healthy diet, you must cut out all white foods.

FACT: If you cut out all white foods, you would be cutting out cauliflower, yogurt, most fish, chicken, onions, white beans and much more. This makes no sense since these "white" foods are providers of top quality nutrition. What does make sense is to switch from white bread to whole-wheat and to make choices of grains that are not so processed but to cut out all white foods is not in your best nutritional interest.

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MYTH: Cutting out gluten is the pathway to weight loss and good health.

FACT: A gluten-free diet is the necessary way of eating for people with celiac disease or a non-celiac gluten sensitivity, but it's not necessary for everyone else. Often times, when people cut out large groups of foods, in this case, many breads, grains and cereals, they do lose weight and often feel better because they are eating less. But, there's no evidence that following a gluten free diet will promote weight loss or offer health benefits beyond helping those with the problem. And, when it comes to weight loss, filling up on gluten free breads, cookies and snacks is not helpful and can actually hinder your efforts.

MYTH: As long as you exercise, you can eat anything you want.

FACT: It may work on Dancing With The Stars, but exercise alone is seldom enough to significantly move the numbers on the scale. While exercise is a helpful partner in a weight loss program, you have to do a lot of it to actually lose a pound or two. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds and you do 30 minutes of aerobics, you'll burn about 200 calories. Cutting calories is a much better way to lose pounds but the combination of diet and exercise is really the best formula.

MYTH: Foods like celery and cabbage have negative calories. They can burn fat and speed up metabolism.

FACT: Unfortunately, there is no one food that can burn fat or speed up your metabolism. Some foods like celery and cabbage are very, very low in calories so you can eat them in larger quantities without adding many calories. But, they won't burn fat or do anything magical when it comes to altering your weight, The same is true of many over-the counter supplements that promise you similar results.

MYTH: Fresh is always better than frozen.

FACT: At this time of year ,when so much fresh local produce is available, it's certainly my first choice. But, as we get into the winter months, most fresh produce is not freshly just off the tree, or out of the ground. It has been picked far way, transported a distance before it gets to the grocery store and may be there even longer before you get it home. Frozen vegetables, on the other hand, are harvested at their peak of goodness, frozen quickly and retain much of their nutritional content and may be even more nutritious than their fresh counterpart.

 

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