The Truth Behind 4 Food Myths

(NewsUSA) – Don't you just hate food scolds? Especially when they're as certain they're right as all those tech geniuses were about iPhones never replacing Blackberries. Well, in some cases, people are actually basing their assumptions on either pure myth or the latest diet fad. You know, as in: Gluten is bad for you. And listening to them […]

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(NewsUSA) – Don't you just hate food scolds? Especially when they're as certain they're right as all those tech geniuses were about iPhones never replacing Blackberries. Well, in some cases, people are actually basing their assumptions on either pure myth or the
latest diet fad. You know, as in: Gluten is bad for you. And listening to them can actually be risky.

"Food myths are dangerous because they can deprive you of the benefits of a healthy diet,"
says Tara Gidus, MS, R.D., who's the team dietician for basketball's Orlando Magic.

Here are a few myths that deserve to be debunked:

MYTH: All yogurt is good for you. C'mon, if you smother anything with enough sugary
fruits and toppings, it becomes dessert.

MYTH: Fresh veggies are more nutritious than frozen or canned. Lived on a farm
lately? We didn't think so or you'd know, as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics's Melissa Joy
Dobbins explains, that veggies (and fruits) "are canned as soon as they're picked so they're at
peak nutrition."

There has also been research showing that canned tomatoes, in particular, contain more of the
heart disease-protective carotenoid pigment lycopene than fresh ones. And since statistics indicate
that, for some reason, adding tomatoes to your diet is related to increased consumption of healthy
vegetables of all kinds — hey, ask the U.S. Department of Agriculture why — maybe we should all
consider stocking up on cans of, say, Hunt's tomatoes (www.hunts.com).

MYTH: Gluten-free diets are healthier. Chalk this one up to the hottest new diet fad. Without
even really knowing what gluten is — it's a protein found in wheat, barley and rye — people have
somehow gotten it into their heads that the 99 percent of Americans who don't have celiac disease
should also avoid it. Problem is, such whole-grain foods happen to be rich in B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc,
magnesium and fiber, and may even help lower the risk of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and some
forms of cancer. That explains why no less than Peter H.R. Green, the director of the Celiac
Disease Center at Columbia University, told WebMD that going gluten-free "isn't something that
anyone should do casually."

MYTH: Eggs are bad for your heart. According to the Harvard Medical School, the
only large study that addressed the issue found "no connection between the two." However, egg yolks
do contain a lot of cholesterol, calories and fat. So for a lean and healthier option, discard the
yolk or switch to pourable egg whites-only Egg Beaters (www.eggbeaters.com).

February 24, 2014

I’m Liz Craven, and I live in Lakeland, FL with my husband Wes and our menagerie of pets (our kids are grown up now and killing the whole adulting thing). We own a local publishing company, Pro-Ad Media, and for the last 25 years have been providing digest sized publications featuring various aspects of Polk County life. Having lived here for most of my adult life, I have a pretty good handle on what makes a community special. I serve on multiple boards, and I love connecting people to each other and to local organizations that can enrich their lives.

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