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Monday, March 11, 2013
March is National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. This is a great time to take responsibility for one's own health and wellbeing by feeding yourself right! These days it's hard to separate food, diet and nutrition fact and fiction; all the marketing ploys, clever phrases, wishful thinking, pseudo-science, media hype and celebrity testimonials don't help. To help you take control of your own nutritional peace of mind, here are some common and enduring food myths debunked:
Myth: Fresh fruits and vegetables are healthier than frozen or canned.
Fact: Research shows frozen and canned foods are as nutritious as fresh. In fact,
since lycopene is more easily absorbed in the body after it has been processed,
canned tomatoes, corn and carrots are sometimes better nutrition choices.
Myth: Body weight is a reliable indicator of a healthful diet.
Fact: No two people have the same body composition. The measure of a
person's diet and your overall health is a combination of factors, including weight.
Myth: Eating carbohydrates causes weight gain.
Fact: Calories cause weight gain. Excess carbohydrates are no more fattening than calories from
any source. Despite the claims of low-carb diet books, a high-carbohydrate diet does not promote
fat storage by enhancing insulin resistance.
Myth: Eating just before bedtime is fattening.
Fact: What you eat, not when, makes the difference; calories have the same effect on the body
no matter when they are consumed. Evidence does suggest that eating regular meals, especially
breakfast, helps promote weight loss by reducing fat intake and minimizing impulsive snacking.
Myth: Eating sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin in the body. Since foods that are high in sugar are often
high in calories, overeating those foods can lead to weight gain. Research shows people who are
overweight and obese are at increased risk for diabetes.
Myth: Occasionally following a fad diet is a safe way to quickly lose weight.
Fact: Many fad diets are developed by people with no science or health background so some fad
diets can even be considered harmful to people with certain health problems. When trying to lose
weight, consult a registered dietitian.
Nutrition: It's a Matter of Fact