Nutrition myths

Updated: Nov. 1, 2016 at 7:22 PM CDT
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ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Forty-five million Americans diet each year, but two-thirds of Americans are still overweight or obese. One reason could be misinformation about what's "healthy."

Here are some nutrition myths not to be fooled by:

Myth number one: Coffee is bad for you. But is it? One Harvard study said four to five cups of coffee daily cuts the risk of Parkinson's disease by half. It can also reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. It's what we put in our coffee that makes it bad, so experts suggest trying pure maple syrup in your morning cup of joe.

Myth number two: Carbs make you fat. Experts say there are many benefits to carbohydrates, they provide energy, prevent diseases and control weight. Just be sure to eat healthy carbs rich in fiber like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Myth number three: Cage-free eggs are better for the chickens and provide more nutrients. Nutritionist Megan Ware, RDN, LD, says cage-free today just means all the chickens are locked in a barn with no access to the outdoors or light.

"So you're not getting any extra nutritional benefit from that because those chickens don't get access to grass and bugs," Ware said.

Instead, Ware says to pick "pasture raised" eggs; this is where all the nutrients really are.

"They are in their natural environment and so their bodies are able to make more omega-3s, [which are] healthy fats. So then you get more healthy fats from eating those eggs as well," Ware continued.

Myth number four: Eating late at night makes you gain weight. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics said it's not the time of day you're eating, it's the tendency to mindlessly snack in the evenings while watching TV.

Experts also say that cholesterol in food doesn't necessarily translate to higher cholesterol in the body, it's more of the saturated fats paired with simple sugars that raises cholesterol. So, avoid bologna and aim for eggs… pasture raised, of course.

Contributors to this news report include: Brogan Morris, Producer; Tony D'Astoli, Editor and Videographer.

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