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Nutrition Myths Busted!

With all of the information available on the internet, it can be tough determining what is fact from fiction.  Here, we’ve busted through some of those common nutrition myths to get the facts straight!

Eating a lot of carbohydrates cause weight gain

  • Eating too many calories can cause weight gain, be it carbohydrates, fat, or protein.  Carbohydrates are very important for proper brain function!  It is best to eat whole grains, which can keep you full longer. 

The gluten free diet is healthy for everyone

  • The gluten free diet is a treatment for people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.  Gluten, the protein in wheat, barley, and rye, causes damage to the small intestine.  The diet does make people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity feel better and have more energy because they were feeling so sick before.  However, it doesn’t do much for people who don’t need to it, and many gluten free processed foods are higher in fat, sugar, and sodium for flavor.

Eating late at night causes weight gain

  • It’s not that you’re eating too late, it’s what you’re eating and how much.  If you’re hungry, try snacking on some trail mix, fruit, or veggies with hummus to curb your appetite!

Frozen fruits and veggies aren’t as healthy as fresh

  • Fresh produce is great, especially if it’s local and in season; however, the fruits and vegetables are often picked before they are ripe to account for traveling time.  This can result in fewer nutrients.  Frozen fruits and veggies are picked right at their peak ripeness and are then flash frozen.  All of those key nutrients are stored for when you’re ready to eat them, and frozen produce is often less expensive!

Organic is the way to go

  • We live in an organic food craze, but what are the facts about organics?  Thought to be more nutritious, organic foods have been found to have no added nutritional value when compared to conventional foods.  Organic foods do have less pesticide residue and are more environmentally friendly; however, this increases prices.  To be easier on the budget, look for locally grown organic foods! 

The next time you’re unsure about some nutrition information, do a little extra research to determine fact from fiction and bust those nutrition myths!

Live well, be well, eat well

Your University Housing Nutrition Team
Residence Hall Dining
453-3788

Emily Feagans
Dietetics Graduate Assistant
efeagans@siu.edu

Cecily Haase
Undergraduate Nutrition Intern
cahaase@siu.edu