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Do You Believe These Nutrition Myths?

By Sara Butler

There's endless information out there about health and nutrition. The problem is, not all of it is the correct information. In fact, data on health and nutrition seems to be in constant flux, which is why outdated information is so readily available and taken to heart. Here are a few of the most pervasive nutrition myths that you need to put to rest.

Myth No. 1: High-Fat Foods Are Bad for You

Fat used to be seen as the enemy of a healthy diet, but the truth is that there are such things as healthy fats. While the info about fats such as trans fat and saturated fat is still correct (as in, avoid it!), that doesn't mean you need to stay away from all fats.

Your body needs a certain amount of healthy fats in order to work as it should. Focus on sources of unsaturated health fats in your diet, such as avocado and olive oil.

Myth No. 2: Artificial Sweeteners are Good for You

Many people equate healthy eating with low-calorie foods. While there's certainly a place for low-calories foods such as vegetables, non-nutritive artificial sweeteners should be looked at a little more closely.

There are some studies out there that have found that using artificial sweeteners can actually increase the risk of negative health outcomes, such as type 2 diabetes. They've also been associated with unhealthy lifestyle patterns. That's not to say you should avoid them completely -- not all of the data is in on that. But use them with caution.

Myth No. 3: Potatoes are Bad for You

White potatoes have gotten a bad reputation when they really shouldn't have, especially for people watching their carbohydrate intake. The truth of the matter is that potatoes themselves are very good for you. They're low in calories and high in many vitamins and minerals your body needs. It's how people prepare potatoes that is the problem. Frying them or baking them and then covering them in butter and sour cream makes them unhealthy. So go ahead, enjoy potatoes -- just make sure to prepare them healthily.

Myth No. 4: Juices and Smoothies are Healthy

There are some smoothies and juices out there that are very nutritious, such as homemade vegetable juice. But most of the premade juices and smoothies you find at the store are filled with calories and sugar. Plus, they're lacking in important nutrients that fruits and vegetables supply when you eat them whole, such as fiber. It's probably the best bet for your health to avoid smoothies and juices on a regular basis.

If you have questions about nutrition, the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic are a great resource.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Greenwood Village, Colo.

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