The internet is a great source that offers all types of information and helps you make a conscious decision to include healthy foods in your diet and avoid those that are bad for you. However, it can still have its drawbacks when it comes to finding the actual truth about these food items. Nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to nutrition, and the best ways to develop a healthy lifestyle.

Whether it be through blogs, health-related forums, or websites that churn out articles on a daily basis, it can be difficult to get past the misinformation and find reliable insight into an acceptable diet. To help combat this spread of misinformation, here are some of the most common nutrition myths out there, as well as a concise explanation as to why they’re wrong.

White Meat is Better Than Dark Meat

The Myth
This one’s been around for quite a while, no doubt due to its popularity at the Thanksgiving dinner table. While it’s easy to assume that dark meat is unhealthy due to its undeniably higher fat content, there may be more to its health factor than what’s on the surface.

Why it’s Wrong
As it turns out, dark meat is more nutritious in virtually every category than its white meat counterpart. That’s not to say that dark meat doesn’t outweigh white meat in terms of fat content, which it does. What’s important to remember, though, is that the small increase in calories is coupled with a much higher percentage of vital nutrients that contribute to a healthy body.

The Importance of Sunscreen

The Myth
It might seem odd to mention sunscreen in an article about nutrition, but it’s slowly becoming an issue for the people that won’t travel anywhere without protection from the sun. After all, no one wants to get cancer from the sun’s rays.

Why it’s Wrong
Ironically, the increased use of sunscreen is slowly starting to deprive people of the sun’s nutrients, namely Vitamin D. And, as researchers have slowly been discovering, a lack of Vitamin D can be one of the contributing factors to cancer.

Consuming Nuts is Unhealthy

The Myth
This is just simple math, more food equates to more calories, which equates to more weight gain. How can that be a myth?

Why it’s Wrong
While that logic may apply to other foods without issue, nuts are a peculiar breed.

  • Scientists have discovered that people interested in losing weight need only to replace some of their guiltiest pleasures with a limited number of nuts to see weight loss progress.
  • Not only are they a solid replacement for unhealthier foods, but they’re also high in vitamins, keeping people healthy while they lose weight at a reasonable pace.

  • Also, eating a handful of nuts to satiate hunger pangs in place of unhealthy snacks is a great option as they are rich in antioxidants.

Chocolate is Bad for You

The Myth
As obesity and diabetes epidemics sweep across the country, it’s no wonder that a lot of the blame falls on chocolate. Sure, it might taste good, but everyone knows the old saying, “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.”

Why it’s Wrong
While much can’t be said for milk chocolate, it turns out that eating dark chocolate is one of the smartest moves you can make for your body. Of course, dark chocolate is still high in both calories and sugar, but the amount of nutrients and antioxidants it possesses means that, like all good things, dark chocolate is something that can be enjoyed in moderation. Combine this with nuts and you’ll have one of the healthiest candy bars around!

So, now you know that everything you read or hear about daily food items may not be one hundred percent true. Consuming these food items in moderation and keeping in view your age, body type and any medical condition you may be suffering from, they are bound to add to your daily dose of energy and good health.

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Author:  Michelle Holincheck, FNP