Separating Food Fact From Food Fiction

Reported by: Lauren Gawthrop
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Updated: 7/13/2012 7:59 am
Sometimes it's tough separating food fact from food fiction. These food myths may cause us to make bad decisions about our diets.

Dieticians say there's some confusion when it comes to carbohydrates. Complex carbs like whole grain rice, whole grain pasta, whole grain breads, as well as beans and legumes, and fruits and veggies are attributed to helping with weight loss and weight management after weight loss, as well as disease reversal.

Experts also say people have this notion that sea salt is better for us than table salt. While it may be a little less processed than table salt, sea salt contains the same amount of sodium, which increases our risk for heart disease.

And if you're an egg lover, but have high cholesterol, you don't have to give them up.

"Eggs are like that perfect food. They're cheap, they're high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, they're high in choline, they are just a wonderful, good source of protein. There's one study in particular that found that having eggs, even 4 times a week, really didn't affect cholesterol levels of individuals," said Cleveland Clinic registered dietician Kristen Kirkpatrick.

Kirkpatrick says artificial sweeteners should also be limited. She says many people think no calories, no guilt, but artificial sweeteners have been tied to an increased risk of certain diseases and other health problems.
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