20 food and nutrition myths you shouldn’t believe

Nutrition can be a hotly contested topic, but health experts agree that eating right is actually simple. Regardless of how you slice and dice the information, the bottom line is that you should primarily eat a whole, minimally processed diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and water. If you can do that, you can’t go wrong, says preventive medicine specialist David L. Katz, MD, co-author, with Mark Bittman, of How to eat: answers to all questions about food and diet.

Essentially, says Dr. Katz, there shouldn’t be a need for another book on nutrition (like yours!), yet the nutritional confusion remains. Here, we bust out some of the biggest food myths out there to help you eat better starting today.

1. Low-carb means grain-free

Carbohydrates include highly processed foods, such as crackers, chips, breads and breakfast cereals. But the category also includes berries, spinach, beans, lentils and plant-based foods that contain fiber and a variety of health-promoting nutrients, says Katz.

2. Carbs are bad for you (and should be avoided)

Consumption of unrefined, high-fiber carbohydrates, whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease, says Abbey Sharp, RD, a Toronto-based registered dietitian and author of The Conscious Glow Cookbook. A number of research reviews confirm this notion. Stop fearing all carbs, says Sharp.

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