3 Nutrition Myths Debunked

Myth #1: Fresh produce is more nutritious than frozen produce

Most people like to believe that fresh produce is better for you than frozen produce, but this is not necessarily the case. The word “fresh” does not mean more nutritious. The main difference is that most fresh produce is harvested early to ripen during transport. Some fresh produce is harvested when it is fully ripe if it is to be sold shortly after. Frozen produce is harvested when it is fully ripe. Frozen produce may be blanched before it is frozen to preserve its color and flavor.

There are only small differences between the nutrient content of fresh and frozen produce. Sometimes frozen produce may be more practical for budget or lifestyle.

Myth #2: Bread is bad for everyone

I don’t know when this myth of bread being bad for you got started. It is not the bread itself that will make you gain weight. Bread is normally eaten as a side or an appetizer, and because bread is delicious, it is easy to overeat. We also like to slather our dinner rolls with butter and/or other high calorie foods like cheese. If not eaten in moderation a caloric surplus can be reached and weight gain may occur. When most people cut out bread from their diet, they are not replacing it with another food which leads to a caloric deficit that results in weight loss. This is one of the reasons people come to the conclusion that bread makes us fat.

Bread itself does not make you gain weight. Bread, just like any other food, in excess may make you gain weight.

Myth #3: Egg yolks are bad for you

I am personally a huge advocate for eating the whole egg. This is because there are so many essential nutrients in the egg yolk, including vitamin D, choline, iron, and calcium. Egg yolks do contain high levels of cholesterol. However, for a majority of people, eating high cholesterol foods is not linked with increased cholesterol levels in the blood. Studies show that eating two eggs per day was not linked with a significant change in HDL-cholesterol (good cholesterol) or LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol). If you are prone to high cholesterol levels, talk with your provider and a Registered Dietitian to come up with a plan that will work for you.

For most people, the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to eating the whole egg.

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