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The Truth Behind Popular Food Myths

By Sara Butler

Food is an important part of life. You need it to survive and thrive. It's used to celebrate special occasions and celebrates different cultures. Food is universal but because of that, there's a lot of misinformation floating around out there about it. If you want to eat healthily, then you first need to understand the truths behind a few popular food myths.

Myth No. 1: Frozen Fruits and Vegetables Aren't Nutritious

It's an incredibly common misconception that frozen fruits and vegetables aren't as good for you as their fresh counterparts. That is untrue but in more than one way. Frozen fruits and vegetables are just as good as fresh and, in some cases, may even be more nutritious.

This is due to the fact that unless your fresh produce is picked near where you live, the nutrients begin to degrade as soon as it is harvested. While that is the same for frozen fruits and vegetables, they are flash-frozen soon after picking which helps to keep the nutrients intact. As long as there's no added sugars or sauces to your fruit and vegetables in the freezer, feel free to use them interchangeably with fresh because they'll keep for longer in your freezer, too!

Myth No. 2: All Processed and Packaged Foods are Bad

OK, so there is a kernel of truth to this myth. Many highly processed and prepackaged foods are not good for your health, but there are a few that are. After all, packaged salad mixes are processed to some degree and they're healthy for you. It simply depends on what it is you're eating.

Some packaged and processed foods you can safely make a part of your healthy diet include things such as brown rice, yogurt, pre-sliced fruit, frozen vegetables, and pre-sliced vegetables. Make sure to look at the ingredients list of the foods you purchase and opt out of anything that is low in nutrients or high in added sugars and salt.

Myth No. 3: White Potatoes are Bad

Carbohydrates have come under fire over the last several decades and the humble white potato has paid the price. Here's the thing: Simply because the potato is white doesn't mean it's a simple carbohydrate. It doesn't have the same nutritional profile as other white carbohydrates such as white bread or white rice. In reality, white potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. As long as they're not deep-fried in french fry form, they're actually very nutritious and should be a part of a balanced diet.

If you suspect that something you've been told about food isn't true, then the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic can help you to set the record straight.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dallas, Tex.

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