Here are three of the biggest lies about nutrition I was fed as a kid:
Low-fat foods are always better for you than high-fat options. Drinking more milk makes your bones stronger. And you’re only properly hydrated once your pee comes out clear.
Nope, nope, and nope.
I didn’t know this at the time, but some of the “facts” about healthy eating that I absorbed as a youngster were clever marketing tactics dressed up as expert guidance about what to eat. Other pieces of advice have since been debunked by scientific research.
Here are a few dozen nutrition myths many of us were told as tots that simply aren’t true.
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- 1 MYTH: Low-fat products are better for your waistline than high-fat versions of the same foods.
- 2 MYTH: You should “refuel” with electrolytes after a workout.
- 3 MYTH: Your pee should be clear, and you should drink eight glasses of water per day.
- 4 MYTH: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- 5 MYTH: Cereal is a great breakfast food.
- 6 MYTH: 100% real fruit juice is a healthy choice.
- 7 MYTH: Snacking is healthy.
- 8 MYTH: Fasting is bad for your health.
- 9 MYTH: You’re probably not getting enough protein.
- 10 MYTH: The food pyramid should be your go-to guide.
- 11 MYTH: Carob chips are healthier than chocolate.