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Food Myths: Debunked
  Kurt Ellingson 12:00 AM
MYTH TEN: SUGAR CAUSES DIABETES.

The most common nutrition myth is probably that sugar causes diabetes. If you have diabetes, you do need to watch your sugar and carbohydrate intake, with the help of your Registered Dietitian, to properly manage your blood sugar level. However, if you do not have diabetes, sugar intake will not cause you to develop the disease. The main risk factors for Type 2 diabetes are a diet high in calories, being overweight, and an inactive lifestyle.

MYTH NINE: ALL FATS ARE BAD

It's a long-held nutrition myth that all fats are bad. But the fact is, we all need fat. Fats aid nutrient absorption and nerve transmission, and they help to maintain cell membrane integrity - to name just a few of their useful purposes. However, when consumed in excessive amounts, fats contribute to weight gain, heart disease and certain types of cancers.

Not all fats are created equal. Some fats can actually help promote good health, while others increase the risk for heart disease. The key is to replace bad fats (saturated fats and trans fats) with good fats (monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats). Examples of good fats are nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), and avocado's.

MYTH EIGHT: BROWN SUGAR IS BETTER THAN WHITE SUGAR.

The brown sugar sold at grocery stores is actually white granulated sugar with added molasses. Yes, brown sugar contains minute amounts of minerals. But unless you eat a gigantic portion of brown sugar every day, the mineral content difference between brown sugar and white sugar is absolutely insignificant. The idea that brown and white sugar have big differences is another common nutrition myth

MYTH SEVEN: BROWN EGGS ARE BETTER FOR YOU THEN WHITE EGGS.

Contrary to a widely believed nutrition myth, eggshell color has nothing to do with the quality, flavour, nutritive value, cooking characteristics, or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell color only depends upon the breed of the hen.

According to the Egg Nutrition Council, "white shelled eggs are produced by hens with white feathers and white ear lobes and brown shelled eggs are produced by hens with red feathers and red ear lobes. There is no difference in taste or nutrition content between white and brown coloured eggs".

MYTH SIX: AVOID SEAFOOD TO LOWER BLOOD CHOLESTEROL

I still can't believe it, but I heard this nutrition myth from my own doctor! In fact, the dietary cholesterol found in seafood and other meats has little effect on blood cholesterol in most people. Saturated fats and trans fatty acids are the most important factors that raise blood cholesterol.

Saturated fats are usually found in meat products and packaged foods, and trans fatty acids are found in packaged snack foods, deep-fried foods or firm margarine containing hydrogenated oil.

There you have it, 5 out of the 10 myths- DEBUNKED. I am glad that Elevate me nutrition bars don't need any debunking. What you see is what you get and there is no guess work. They are 100% delicious and nutritious! Tune in next time to see the top 5.

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