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Diet Facts or Fictions: With So Many To Consider What’s the Truth?
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Diet facts and fictions are everywhere. A quick search of the Internet returns millions of results. The sites offer information, advice, plans, programs and different versions of the truth.

Diet Facts or Fictions?

How do you know what’s real and what’s not? Always a good barometer is the old adage — If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

But if you want diet facts, registered dietician, Lisa Mallonee, from Texas A&M University, addressed some of the popular diet myths in a post on Science Daily. Here is a sample of what she said.

Are gluten-free desserts healthier?

Gluten-free desserts are not healthier than ‘normal’ desserts…In fact, gluten substitutes may actually increase calorie content and contribute to weight gain. With that being said, gluten-free food is great to consume by those diagnosed with celiac disease or who are gluten-intolerant — but gluten-free desserts should be eaten in moderation and with a balanced diet.

Do carbs make you fat?

Not necessarily. It all depends upon what types of carbs you eat and how much. Our bodies need complex carbs, like beans, whole grains and vegetables. Mallonee explains:

We need carbs because they are the body’s main source of fuel. The real problem with carbohydrates lies in the American diet rich in refined carbs and processed foods. Binging on these carbohydrates will contribute to weight gain… 

The average American needs to be consuming more fruits, vegetables and whole grains and less processed foods, refined carbohydrates and white flour products.

Will eating late at night cause weight gain?

It’s not so much about when you eat but rather what you eat. According to Mallonee:

This is more about portion control and how you’re expending calories. It doesn’t matter what time of day you eat as long as you are eating a balanced diet, consuming foods in moderation and burning off more calories than you consume. 

Do you need to fast in order to cleanse your body? 

Mallonee does not recommend fasting.

We already have a built in cleansing system: our kidneys and liver. Simply fasting to ‘cleanse’ where you don’t eat for a certain number of days can be dangerous. I recommend consulting a physician prior to any extreme diet that encourages fasting for an extended period of time.

Having a diet that’s fiber-rich is what moves toxins out of your body naturally. The more fiber you consume the more it’s able to move food and the related toxins out of the body.

Isn’t it more expensive to eat healthy foods?

The answer is Yes and No. Mallonee explains:

Indeed, eating fresh may cost more than loading up your shopping cart with processed foods or fast food from restaurant value menus, but, in the big picture, it will likely cost you more in medical bills to maintain an unhealthy lifestyle. You have to look at the long-term health impact.

kaleDiet Facts, Tips and Suggestions

For fruits and vegetables, select in-season produce, locally grown whenever possible.

We all have favorites but when we buy them year-round when they’re not in season we will see a price increase. You should always vary your palate — don’t be afraid to try the eggplant or cauliflower when it’s in season over broccoli or asparagus.

Take charge of your health and well being by becoming an informed consumer. Get the facts first and know the truth before making any decisions. If you have questions about a new diet or health trend, talk with your healthcare provider.

Remember, when it comes to healthy living, keep it simple: choose whole foods, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, drink lots of water, get plenty of rest, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

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