nutrition myths

10 Nutrition Lies That Need To Die


It seems like every other day a new study comes out claiming that ‘X’ food will either be the key to longevity and health; or eventually kill you.

I am not a fan of sensationalized news stories or scare tactics around food. Obviously, some foods are more nutritious than others, but stressing out about whether you have eaten enough “superfoods” each week will do you more harm than good.

One of my favorite things about ancestral health is disproving myths and nutrition lies that we have been led to believe over the past few decades.

Here are 10 Nutrition Lies that I am constantly trying to clear up for people:

1. Saturated fat causes heart disease

2. Margarine is better for you than butter

3. Soy is a health food

4. Losing weight is an equation of calories in vs. calories out
here's another

5. Carbs cause weight gain

6. Non-celiac gluten sensitivity isn’t real

here's another

7. Eating vegan will save the planet

8. Drinking 8 glasses of water per day is the key to health

9. Don’t salt your food

10. Red meat causes cancer hint: unprocessed and grass-fed matters!

Click on each of the links above to read about why these nutrition myths are false, and why listening to our intuition around food can be the best way to ensure we are eating a balanced, nutrient dense diet.

In my opinion, studies claiming that certain foods are suddenly unhealthy are VERY counterintuitive. When in doubt and deciding what to eat, ask yourself these 2 questions:

- Did/does it come from the earth?
- Did/does it have a mother? (The animal lover in me hates to say this, but I do believe it to be true)

Generally speaking, answering ‘yes’ to one of these questions will ensure you are eating something unprocessed and nutrient dense. I have talked before about eating in a way that will not drive you crazy; and another way to do this is to take every nutrition article you read with a grain of salt.

Tell me: which nutrition myths did you spend years believing? What would you add to this list?