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3 Common Nutrition Myths

By Sara Butler

Just when you think you have nutrition all figured out, some new study comes out debunking what you previously thought to be true. Information is constantly changing in the science of nutrition, but some myths are harder to get rid of than others. In an effort to try and keep things straight, here are a few nutrition myths you need to let go of for good!

Myth No. 1: Junk Food Just Burns Off

If you’re active, you may think you can eat whatever you want and just burn it off later when you exercise. Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true. The quality of food you eat matters quite a bit and the damage done from unhealthy food can’t be undone just by working out. Calories in a food aren’t the whole story because if it’s highly processed and full of additives, it can increase your risk of chronic disease.

In fact, when you exercise in an effort to make up for poor diet choices, you’re handing your body a double whammy. That’s because being active puts stress on your body and if you’re not eating nutrient-dense food, then your body will have a tougher time recovering. You need a whole, balanced diet to fuel your body the right way for activity.

Myth No. 2: You Can Eat as Much Protein as You Like

Many people are concerned about going crazy when it comes to carbs but few worry about protein. The truth is that you can eat too much of anything, including protein.

Protein helps to maintain, heal, and repair tissue. But only so much protein is required to do this. When you go over that level, then it can actually mess up your metabolism and make it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

Myth No. 3:  Fruit is Sugary – Just like Candy

A lot of people think they need to avoid fruit in order to be healthy because natural sugars are no better than processed sugars found in candy. This is simply not true. A study out of Harvard recently found that not eating enough fruit makes it difficult to achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Fruit also happens to be packed with important water, nutrients, and fiber your body needs to function. Naturally occurring sugar is less concentrated than in other foods, so you can eat it and feel good about the choices you’re making!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Farmington, Utah. 

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