These days, most people seem to have strong opinions about how to eat, what diet is best, or what is considered healthy or not healthy when it comes to food and nutrition. The reality is that nutrition is a nuanced topic. What might work for some doesn’t work for others. However, experts agree that there are still several myths and misconceptions about food.
To clear up the confusion for those trying to eat healthier, Yahoo Life reached out to eight nutritionists—i.e. Here’s what they said.
Myth #1: Only shop within the grocery store area
The exterior of a grocery store is often praised for offering fresh produce, meat, seafood, dairy and fortified non-dairy products, while some recommend avoiding the middle aisles because of processed and prepackaged foods on these shelves.
But as a nutritionist Lauren Harris PincusFounder of NutritionStarringYou.com and author of The Everything Easy Prediabetes Cookbookputs it succinctly: “The center aisles contain a treasure trove of nutrient-dense and cultural foods, including frozen fruits, vegetables and seafood, canned beans, fruits and vegetables, as well as dried beans, whole grains, nuts, seeds and spices.”
She tells Yahoo Life that this is the most damaging myth because it removes delicious, affordable and easy sources of essential nutrients from people’s shopping carts. Only One in ten Americans consumes the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and 95% do not apply the recommended amount of daily fiber. In order to better meet your nutrient needs and eat a balanced diet, Harris-Pincus recommends shopping in all areas of the supermarket that carry high-quality whole foods in any form.
Myth #2: Low calories and low fat mean healthier
“When you choose the lowest calorie option possible, you tend to feel hungry and unsatisfied, which ultimately leads to you overeating.” Alyssa PachecoNutritionist…