23 'facts' you learned about healthy eating and nutrition as a kid that are no longer true
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- Many of the things you learned about nutrition as a kid likely weren't based on science, or have been revised in recent years.
- Some common diet advice was nothing more than savvy marketing from advertisers and food companies.
- Here are 23 myths about healthy eating that we now know aren't true.
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Here are three of the biggest lies about nutrition I was fed as a kid:
Low-fat foods are always better for you than high-fat options. Drinking more milk makes your bones stronger. And you're only properly hydrated once your pee comes out clear.
Nope, nope, and nope.
I didn't know this at the time, but some of the "facts" about healthy eating that I absorbed as a youngster were clever marketing tactics dressed up as expert guidance about what to eat. Other pieces of advice have since been debunked by scientific research.
Here are a few dozen nutrition myths many of us were told as tots that simply aren't true.
MYTH: Low-fat products are better for your waistline than high-fat versions of the same foods.
MYTH: You should "refuel" with electrolytes after a workout.
MYTH: Your pee should be clear, and you should drink eight glasses of water per day.
MYTH: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
MYTH: Cereal is a great breakfast food.
MYTH: 100% real fruit juice is a healthy choice.
MYTH: Snacking is healthy.
MYTH: Fasting is bad for your health.
MYTH: You’re probably not getting enough protein.
MYTH: The food pyramid should be your go-to guide.
MYTH: Carob chips are healthier than chocolate.
MYTH: Yogurt is always a healthy choice.
MYTH: Margarine is better for you than butter, and all oil is bad.
MYTH: Ditch cholesterol-heavy egg yolks and only eat the whites.
MYTH: You should eat as few carbs as possible.
MYTH: Counting calories is a good weight-loss strategy.
MYTH: Orange juice will help you get over a cold.
MYTH: Getting nutrients from vitamins is the same as eating them in foods, so a multivitamin a day keeps the doctor away.
MYTH: Salt is bad for you.
MYTH: Eating carrots helps you see better.
MYTH: Coffee is dangerous for your health.
MYTH: Diet soda is fine.
MYTH: You need to drink a lot of milk to prevent osteoporosis.
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