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Don’t be an April’s Fool: 3 Diet Myths You Shouldn’t Believe

Posted Mar 24 2011 4:28pm

diet-mythsApril Fools’ Day is right around the corner folks, and it may be prime time for pranks, but you’ll be one step ahead of the game when you can crack these common nutrition myths:

Myth: International superfoods have super powers.

Reality: Super health benefits can be found in your regular produce aisle.

Mangosteen, wheatgrass, açaí berry – sure these superfoods are nutrient packed, but you don’t have to be a globetrotter to get their health benefits in your diet. Traditional produce can pack a nutritional punch on par with the exotic variety.  For instance, did you know that broccoli contains many of the same anti-cancer properties as wheatgrass, but 25 times the vitamin C? Or that the blueberry juice has an antioxidant capacity ranked higher than that of açaí berry juice? Both of these superfoods (along with many others) can be found locally, making you feel good about your body, budget, and carbon footprint.

Myth: Eating after 7:00pm will make you gain weight.

Reality: It’s not when you eat but what and how much.

There is no conclusive evidence to say late-night eating will lead to packing on the pounds. What we do know, is that instead of choosing concrete meals or light evening snacks, night eaters tend to associate eating with emotions or sedentary activities (like watching TV or playing on the computer), instead of actual hunger. This mindless grazing is what leads to an increase in calories, and weight gain over time. If you plan on eating at night, do so with portion control and calorie awareness in mind, and listen to your body’s hunger cues to tell you when you’re full.

Myth: Some sugars are nutritionally better than others.

Reality: Sugar is sugar.

Table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, honey – no matter what form the sugar comes in, it all boils down to the same thing: calories. Research has proven that our bodies process various forms of sugar in similar ways, none of which contribute to weight gain more than another. If you do plan on watching your sugars, try limiting added sugars versus a particular kind, like those found in sodas and candy.

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