5 Common Misconceptions About Food and Dieting

Ever been on a diet and wondered why you are not achieving the results you were hoping for? Many of us have misconceptions when it comes to dieting and the nutritional value of certain foods. Sure, we all know a cheeseburger is probably not the healthiest thing for you – but how about other facts that are not so obvious? Here, we discuss some of the common misconceptions about food, so you can diet the right way and gain the results you aim for.

There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Olive Oil

Yes, we know that olive oil is good for you – it is full of healthy fats. However, there is a limit! Many of us pour 2-3 tablespoons into the pan before we even start cooking. At 140 calories per tablespoon, the calories start adding up quickly. Put olive oil in a spray bottle to shave off some calories.

Fruits Have Too Much Sugar

Sure, fruits do have sugar, but it is naturally occurring sugar (not over-processed) and plus, they are filled with essential nutrients and vitamins that our bodies need. Eat 2-3 full pieces of fruit per day; the fiber in them make you feel fuller longer and stave off cravings.

Nuts Are Too Fatty

Nuts have the good kind of fats that help keep you full longer and decrease your urges to binge or snack on something unhealthy. Don’t eat too many of them (a serving size of almonds is about 24 kernels), but make sure you don’t avoid them!

Diet Soda Will Help Me Lose Weight

Studies show that certain chemicals that are found in diet sodas can actually alter the way your body is able to break down regular sugar, so you end up gaining weight in the long run. If this is not convincing enough for you remember that soda has been linked to cancer.

With so many sources claiming to know which diets work and which ones does not, it is hard not to fall for common misconceptions. Do a bit of research on your own before embarking on a diet.

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