Debunking Age-Old Food Myths

Is pizza really a junk food? Does eating pasta cause you not to lose weight? There are many food myths that convince people not to eat certain foods due to possible health risks. But what if those myths can be debunked? Take a look below to see if some of the so-called myths are actually false.

Myth #1: Eating bread will make you gain weight.

Believe it or not, this is a myth! However, eating bread in an excessive amount will cause you to add a few pounds, mainly because you are consuming unnecessary calories. Within bread, there is the same number of calories per ounce as protein. Whole wheat bread and white bread can be equal in calories per slice, but the whole grains are filled with fiber, allowing you to fill up quicker. Therefore you can still eat bread, just choose the healthiest type and eat smaller amounts.

Myth #2: Coffee is dehydrating.

Drinking coffee actually counts towards your daily liquid intake, due to the amount of water in the drink. Whether or not it dehydrates you depends on the amount of coffee you consume in a day. While it is a diuretic, having two to three cups per day will not deplete the fluid levels in your body.

Myth #3: Pizza is junk food.

To be honest, I love pizza and am very glad this myth is false. In fact, pizza can be a healthy option, because it includes grains, dairy, and possibly vegetables. This delicious dish is the healthiest with thin, whole wheat crust and regular or reduced fat cheese. Make sure to load up with your veggies and try different meat options, such as turkey pepperoni. Stay away from stuffed crust, extra cheese, and meat-lover options. Maybe on second thought, my thick crust, all cheese pizza needs a little updating?

Myth #4: Avoiding pasta will help you lose weight.

Myth! When it comes to pasta, it is all about portion control – the larger the portion, the more calories, and the less weight you lose. An average serving size of pasta is one cup, around 200 calories. Also, look at your pasta options – whole wheat versus white flour. Like bread, the whole wheat choice has more fiber. However, the two are the same in calories. Healthier options to white flour pasta include spinach or tomato pasta. Also, look for a semolina white flour pasta, because this is higher in fiber and protein than others. If you are eating pasta while losing weight, try thinking of it as a side dish, instead of the main course.

Myth #5: Organic food is automatically healthy for you.

Sometimes when a food is labeled organic, people will automatically think it is a healthier option. While organic foods are healthier, it is important to remember not to eat them in excess. Organic cookies are still cookies, organic chips are still chips, and organic chocolate is still chocolate. These foods are known to have the same amount of sugar, fat, and empty calories compared to non-organic items. Remember to eat anything in moderation.

Myth #6: Salads are always the healthiest item on the menu.

In addition to the lettuce, add meat, cheese, croutons, or bacon and pour on the dressing. Still, think a salad is a healthy option with all of the add-ons? When you are trying to eat healthier, most people’s go-to food will be salads, but be careful what you put on them. The healthiest salads have leafy greens, lots of veggies, lean protein, a small serving of healthy fat, and an oil-based dressing on the side. Avoid creamy dressings and consume avocado and nuts in small amounts.

Myth #7: Brown eggs are healthier than white eggs.

In reality, the color of the egg does not affect its health benefits. The color of the egg depends on the type of chicken. As to determining which color is healthier, it all depends on the nutrients in the feed the chickens eat. No matter their color, eggs are a great food to consume because your body can use and process all the nutrients in the entire egg, including its iron, vitamins, and minerals.

The next time you second guess eating something, remember that almost all foods can be fine to eat if you make wise choices and eat in moderation.