Ignore These 13 Pieces of Popular Nutrition Advice

Count calories? Give up fat? Two examples of basically useless nutrition advice
“Supplements Can Support a Bad Diet”


Nutrient supplements can be affective tools, but they can’t replace a good diet. 

It’s important to understand how food interacts with your body, but too much information can do more harm than good. Common pieces of nutrition advice that you hear these days — “avoid carbohydrates,” “give up fat,” “stop snacking,” and such — should be taken with a grain of salt (and, no, you don’t have to stop eating salt, either).

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For example, someone might be dissuaded from eating nuts because they see a high fat content on the label, but in reality this is healthy, unsaturated fat. The same can be said for the sugar content in fruit; eating an apple is not the same as popping a candy bar in your mouth.

The food industry is able to capitalize on distorted nutrition advice. Zero-calorie sodas, gluten-free beers, and low-fat cookies are popular among dieters following the latest health trends, but the foundations of a balanced diet haven’t changed much over the years.

Consuming mostly fruits, vegetables, and whole grains with moderate quantities of meat, fish, and dairy is still the best way to eat. The nutritional breakthrough that will justify eating ice cream for breakfast is never going to come — sorry to let you down.


Stay committed to the tried and true principles of healthy eating, and ignore these 13 pieces of popular nutrition advice.