This summer, don’t let the smoke from the backyard grill cloud your good judgment when considering health advice from friends and family. When it comes to health and natural remedies it’s enticing to grab onto juicy half-truths and hearsay. Don’t get me wrong—as with any good story, a nutrition myth can offer a valuable lesson. The most persistent nutrition myths are those that contain at least some truth. Here are 5 common summer health myths to watch out for—as reported in EatingWell Magazine:
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When the weather got steamy this week, you can bet I made friends with an old summer standby: soft-serve frozen yogurt. Among the creamy frozen dessert choices, from frozen yogurt to super-premium ice cream, frozen yogurt is the healthiest option—5 ounces of frozen yogurt “costs” 120 calories, while the same amount of soft-serve ice cream has 220 calories. But if I pile on the wrong toppings I could nearly double the calorie total of my “healthy treat.”
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More than 16,000 nutrition studies were published in peer-reviewed scientific journals in 2011. So it’s no wonder our understanding of food and health is expanding and shifting. In fact, in the last 10 years, we’ve seen many new perspectives emerge (some former truths have now even become myths).
For EatingWell Magazine’s July/August issue (our 10th anniversary!), we decided to look back some of the top nutrition revelations of the past decade, as reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D.
1. True or False: A calorie is just a calorie.
False. You’ve heard it a million times: to stay weight-stable,...
If you find yourself overindulging throughout the day—second breakfast in the morning, ravenously snacking in the afternoon, a little too much dessert at night—we have news for you. New research sheds light on tips and tricks that may help you to curb overeating throughout the day. Tori Rodriguez reported on these studies for the July/August issue of EatingWell Magazine to help you keep overeating in check:
8 a.m.: Fatten up your breakfast.
Participants who were given a higher-fat (61%) breakfast ate less at their next meal than those who ate a calorically equal, but lower-fat, breakfast, in a study in the April 2011 issue of Appetite. Get some healthy fats at breakfast by spreading avocado or peanut butter on your toast.
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It’s grilling season and chances are you’ll be making that ever-important cookout decision: hot dog or hamburger? Some people, no doubt, are cheering “Both!” But if you’re trying to make a healthier choice, then the registered dietitian in me knows that “both” is not the answer. So which one is the healthier pick? See how a hamburger compares nutritionally to a hot dog before you tell the grill master your order.
Recipes to Try: Healthy Hot Dog & Hamburger Recipes
What You Get in a Typical Burger
There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to burgers: How big is it? What kind of beef is it? What are you putting...