Ask the Experts: Myth Busters!


By: , – Dana Angelo White
11/28/2012 6:00 PM   :  19 comments   :  15,254 Views

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Dietitians are always trying to dispel the obscene amount of nutrition myths floating out in the world. We asked nutrition experts around the country about their favorite (or rather, least favorite!) nutrition myths and how they set the record straight. 

MYTH #1: Organic foods are more nutritious

BUSTED:  Bonnie Tandy Leblang, MS, RD clears this issue up by saying:
"In terms of vitamins and minerals, organic foods are generally no more nutritious than conventionally grown foods.  Organic refers to the way the food is grown, handled and processed — that is without the use of pesticides, fertilizers, antibiotics, hormones or, in the case of milk and meat, steroids."

Shopping for Organic Produce? Use the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

MYTH #2: Eggs are bad for you

BUSTED: Janice Newell Bissex, MS, RD co-founder explains:

"Eggs are a nutrient dense food (especially the egg yolk) providing important nutrients like protein, vitamin E, vitamin D, choline, lutein and omega-3 fats."

Healthy Eats votes for eggs too, whites and yolks

MYTH #3: Eat fat-free foods to lose weight

BUSTED: Nutrition Babes Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RD and Kathy Siegel, RD, CDN instruct their clients by saying:

Healthy fats from sources like olive oil, avocados, fish, nuts and seeds are an important part of a healthy diet. Fat-free foods are usually highly processed and filled with chemicals to help them mimic the flavor of their full fat counterparts.”

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