Top 5 Nutrition Myths Busted

1. Carbs are bad

Carbohydrates are the macronutrients that get the bad wrap but many foods fit under this umbrella. Carbohydrates break down into glucose, which is your body’s preferred source of fuel and our bodies require carbohydrates daily to fuel the brain.

2. Fat makes you fat

Contrary to popular belief, fat doesn’t make you fat. Fat actually helps you stay fuller longer and absorb important fat soluble vitamins. However, fat is the most calorie dense macronutrient – so a little bit goes a long way.

3. I’m drinking juice and it’s good for me

When you are consuming fruit juice you are getting the sugar without the fiber. Make water your beverage of choice and eat a piece of whole fruit instead. When making juice at home use mostly vegetables and add in a little bit of fruit.

4. I need to eat less and feel hungry to lose weight

Research shows that restrictive dieting increases cravings for both fat and sugar which can trigger overeating. Skipping meals or limiting intake can lead to under eating and binging. Eat a variety of whole foods consistently and fuel your body throughout the day.

5. The mindset of “I ate (insert food) and now need to go exercise”

If you have a treat, enjoy it and move on. There is no need to go workout because you had a slice of pizza or cake. If you eat well and exercise consistently having a treat every now and then will not derail your progress.

To learn more about “Top 5 Nutrition Myths Busted” listen to Episode 11 of the Grow Your Nutrition Business Podcast.

Ashley Osterman
Director of Nutrition Education
Healthy Steps Nutrition

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Nicole Aucoin, MS, RD, LD/N

Founder, Healthy Steps Nutrition
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