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Surprising Truths Behind 7 Diet Myths

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Surprising Truths Behind 7 Diet Myths

By BettyConfidential via DivineCaroline

Thanks to the Internet, there’s a ton of nutrition information available. Unfortunately, some of it comes from unqualified people writing about their own theories or companies pushing their products. It’s no surprise, then, that misinformation is repeated as often as it is—and that it often comes to be taken as truth. BettyConfidential went to Keri Gans, MS, RD, a highly regarded registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, to help set the facts straight once and for all.

1. Myth: White foods offer little nutritional value.

Truth: Many white foods are nutrient-dense. White potatoes, white asparagus, cauliflower, white cranberries, white beans, and white onions are just a few of the foods that offer a variety of powerful health-promoting nutrients. For instance, raw cauliflower beats raw tomatoes for antioxidant content. But Gans suggests that if foods become “white” due to processing—for example, when whole grains are stripped of their naturally nutritious, fiber-containing bran and germ in order to become “white” grain foods—their overall health value decreases. So stick to plant foods that are naturally white.

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4:08AM PDT on Sep 23, 2013

Check before believing

8:21AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Carbohydrates are not the enemy, thank you.

9:01PM PST on Dec 5, 2011

the part about detoxifying angers me, because in this day and age where everything is loaded with toxic chemicals, YES WE DO NEED TO DETOXIFY

4:03PM PST on Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for the great information.

11:39AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Thank you

1:25AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for sharing.

12:00PM PDT on Mar 25, 2011

Hey Rita S read past the first page - Myth #6 is about Carbs. And I think myth #7 is actually true, not because of the timing but because of what most of us eat after 8pm. Chips and ice cream would make me gain weight if I ate them at 8am too.

7:04AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

yeah white foods get a bad rap, if you look at the nutrients on white pasta it's full of vitamins and not much different from the brown. the only thing about the white pasta is that I can't stop eating it and the brown pasta I don't want seconds because of the taste lol

5:45AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

thankyou

4:44AM PDT on Mar 24, 2011

truth can be sometimes awful...

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