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.