Nutrition Myths vs. Reality

Nutrition Myths vs. Reality
Nutrition Myths vs. Reality
Nutrition Myths vs. Reality
Nutrition Myths vs. Reality

There are a lot of false stories about nutrition. Eat right by learning the truth of the matter.

Myth: Eggs are bad for your heart.
Reality: The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee dropped its caution on eating eggs and other foods high in cholesterol in 2015; it also rescinded its previous recommendation of limiting cholesterol intake to 300 mg daily. A 2015 study in the American Heart Journal found that even people with coronary artery disease showed no cardiac effect from daily egg consumption.

Myth: Eating carbohydrates leads to weight gain.
Reality: Calories, not carbs, lead to excess pounds, but some carbohydrates are better for you than others. Skip foods with refined flour and added sugar, and focus on fiber-rich fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

Myth: Fresh food is always better than frozen.
Reality: While fresh is great if you can buy from local sources, frozen fruits and vegetables are a good alternative to standards found in the grocery store produce aisle since they are flash-frozen at their peak freshness after harvesting. They retain more nutrients than produce that has been picked before it is ripe.

Myth: Everyone should go gluten-free.
Reality: Dropping gluten (a protein in wheat, barley and rye) has become a popular dietary trend in recent years. But unless you suffer from celiac disease or have gluten sensitivity, eliminating food such as whole-grain breads and cereals can reduce needed nutrients and dietary fiber. Additionally, commercially produced gluten-free products often have extra sugar, sodium or fats to make up for the often inferior quality of taste.

Myth: Eating late at night will lead to extra pounds.
Reality: What you eat is more important than when you eat it. Late-night snackers tend to go for comfort items such as sweets or chips. Instead, nibble on fruits, vegetables or even Greek yogurt. A recent study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports and Exercise found that eating protein a half-hour before going to bed helps protein synthesis, rebuilding muscle tissue and promoting muscle growth.

Vascular Health: Numbers to Know

Get the facts and figures on the health of your circulation system.

The No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women is atherosclerosis-related (vascular) diseases, which harden and narrow arteries.

10 million
The number of people in the U.S. affected by peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a chronic disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries of the legs

60,000 miles
The length of an adult circulatory system (if the vessels were laid end to end)

Percentage of people in the United States affected by varicose veins

Approximate number of strokes every year. Blockage in the carotid (neck) artery is responsible for up to a third of them.

You’re 12 times more likely to have an abdominal aortic aneurysm if a first-degree relative has had one.

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