Common Diet Myths Debunked January 19 2016

Eat this. Drink that. Stay away from this. Don’t go near that. Everybody has their own beliefs and opinions when it comes to “eating healthy” and let’s face it, no two people are alike. What may work well for your best friend or your brother may not work the same way for you. It is important however, to do a bit of research on your own and not listen to everything you hear. After all, there are thousands of diet myths available through a variety of sources that need to be debunked.

Myth: Red wine is the best thing for heart health.

Truth: According to researchers at the University of Texas, wine drinks were not better off when compared with those who preferred beer of liquor. While red wine does have antioxidant power, the alcohol itself is what boosts level of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, according to Arthur Klatsky, MD, the senior cardiology consultant for Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit health plan based in Oakland, California. Keep in mind that consuming more than two drinks a day can do more harm for your heart than good.

Myth: A grilled chicken sandwich is healthier than a burger.

Truth: Health enthusiasts tend to believe that consuming a grilled chicken sandwich is a much healthier option compared to a burger. The truth is, a chicken sandwich has about 100 more calories than a plain hamburger and can contain double the amount of sodium.

Myth: Raw veggies pack way more nutrients than their cooked counterparts.

Truth: The days of forcing down raw crunchy veggies are over. According to Tammy Roberts, RD, a nutrition and health-education specialist at the University of Missouri Extension, cooking vegetables can increase their nutritional value. Toss your favorite greens in with some La Flor onion powder and cayenne pepper for a spiced up version that gives off the perfect kick.

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