Food For Thought: Top 3 Food Myths You’ve Been Taught to Believe

Myth or truth?

When it comes to food and what’s good for you, there are bountiful studies available to help you draw the nutrition conclusions you need to make the food decisions for your own personal meal planning. The problems with these studies are many; from who funded it (special interest?) to the veracity of the science behind the study in the first place. In other words, it’s really difficult to get good information sometimes!

To determine if a food is a myth or truth, you have to do your own legwork and not rely on anyone (including ME!). Your takeaway from your own personal research may be different than mine. There’s always room for interpretation; mostly anyway. Let me give you some examples in a Myth or Truth Quiz:

1) Soy is good for you. There is a multitude of studies out there that will implicate soy for its phytoestrogenic and goitrogenic properties, not to mention the fact that most soy is GMO. Then there are others who say it is good for you (Dr. Oz and Dr. Weir for example) and encourage you to eat it for its omega three fatty acids, nonmeat protein replacement, and phytonutrients. Myth or Truth? Depends on who you ask.

2) A low-fat diet will help you lose weight. Or will it? Low-fat diets are recommended by doctors all over the world to combat weight problems and diseases. This is what the FDA’s pyramid was based on till they switched to the new and improved My Plate. Why switch if the Pyramid was working? According to studies, it wasn’t; the base of the Pyramid was made up of grains, breads, and cereals (6 to 11 servings a day!) while the very top (least amount) was given to fats. According to Mark Hyman, M.D., “In the 1980s not one state had an obesity rate over 20 percent. In 2010, ONLY one state has an obesity rate UNDER 20 percent. This is not a genetic problem.” Myth or Truth? Depends on who you ask.

3) Margarine is better for you than butter.  While it is true that butter is a saturated fat, it is still real food and is digestible by the body. IF it is eaten in mass quantities, it will be problematic both for your thighs and your heart. Margarine, on the other hand, is hydrogenated and or partially hydrogenated oils with fake colors and flavorings and yet the AHA recommends liquid margarine (because it has the least transfats) over real butter. Myth or Truth? Depends on who you ask.

In conclusion? Do your own research, become your OWN nutritional guru, and get your facts yourself. This is how good decisions, whether nutritional or not, are made!

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