Eating Tips to Ignore

By Sara Butler

Social media has turned a lot of people into health and fitness experts. The real experts -- the people with the education and experience -- see a lot of just plain bad eating tips on the internet. These terrible tips are repeated so often that they sort of sink into the collective consciousness as fact when they’re anything but. To help save you from a dietary misstep, here are some tips that if you ever hear, you should forget about as soon as possible.

White Foods Have No Nutrition

There are white foods that aren’t great for you, that’s true. But you can’t put a blanket ban on foods as unhealthy simply due to color. You shouldn’t ban potatoes, parsnips, white beans, and cauliflower from your diet -- far from it! These foods are full of incredible nutritional benefits such as potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber. The real issue is how you choose to prepare these foods to eat. French fries will always be a deep-fried nightmare, but roast potatoes can be healthy.

You Should Eat Mini-Meals

You’ve probably heard the claim that eating several small meals per day is better to help you achieve a healthy weight than eating fewer large meals. While that may work for some people, as a general rule, three balanced meals per day is the gold standard. When you eat throughout the day, you’re more prone to eating too many calories by choosing foods that are poor nutritionally. If you’re really hungry, smart snacking between meals is fine, but three healthy, balanced meals per day should be your go-to.

Gluten-Free Foods are Healthier

There is no research that supports the idea that gluten-free foods are better for you if you don’t have celiac disease. You shouldn’t look to limit whole grains in your diet since they’re a really important source of minerals, phytochemicals, vitamins, and fiber. They support satiety when you eat and a healthy digestive system.

There are all kinds of bad nutrition advice out there. If you’re in doubt about what is right, consult with a dietitian or the chiropractors at The Joint. They can help lead you down the path of proper nutrition and health and help you understand the best ways to eat to achieve your health and wellness goals. Remember, just because you've been told something or read something, that doesn't mean it's necessarily true years later -- so stay on top of the latest information and don't believe all the hype! 

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

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