Food myth: Vitamin C can keep you from catching a cold
Kazyavka/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Research has shown that vitamin C does not ward off colds, except among marathoners, skiers, and soldiers on sub-Arctic exercises. These are the 8 things doctors and nurses do to stop a cold in its tracks.
Food myth: Eating celery burns more calories than you take in
Healthy eating: It’s a food myth that celery has “negative” calories. But, with less than 10 calories per serving, it’s great to munch on to lose weight. These are our favorite healthy snacks for 100-calories or less.
Food myth: Legumes must be eaten at the same time as grains to get a “complete” protein
haveseen/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Eat a mix of amino acids throughout the day and you'll get all the complete nutrition you'll need. (Here are 8 more complete protein foods that aren't meat.) But yes, beans and legumes are nutritional powerhouses, high in protein, fiber, B vitamins, iron, potassium, and other minerals, while low in fat.
Food myth: Raw carrots are more nutritious than cooked
Robyn Mackenzie/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Cooking actually increases carrots’ nutritional value! The process breaks down the tough cellular walls that encase the beta-carotene. Here's how to cook 10 different vegetables for the best flavor.
Food myth: To minimize fat and calories, always remove the skin before cooking chicken
Yuliia Mazurkevych/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Baking, broiling, grilling, or roasting poultry with the skin intact helps preserve its natural juices. Cook with the skin—and then remove before serving. These are our 10 favorite chicken recipes with a twist.
Food myth: Avoid eggs because of their cholesterol content
siambizkit/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Eggs have gotten an unfounded bad rap; the latest research shows that they don’t actually contribute to high cholesterol. (Here's why American refrigerate eggs and Europeans don't.) In fact, eggs are an inexpensive source of many nutrients, including zinc and iron, antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, vitamin D, and the brain-boosting chemical choline. Keep cholesterol in check by monitoring saturated fat in your diet.
Food myth: The fewer carbs, the healthier you are
Stock Asso/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Choosing the healthiest carbohydrates, especially whole grains, is more important to your well-being. At least seven major studies show that women and men who eat whole grains have 20 to 30 percent less heart disease. Separately, in a 2010 study of more than 13,000 adults, those who ate the most servings of whole grains had lower body weight. (Don't miss these other 7 healthy reasons you should eat more bread.)
Food myth: Using margarine instead of butter will save calories
Elena moiseeva/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Butter and margarine have about the same amount of calories. But while margarine, made from vegetable oils, was created as a more healthful alternative to butter (which contains cholesterol and saturated fat), some margarines are actually unhealthier because they contain trans fats, which have even more adverse effects on cholesterol and heart health. (This is the real difference between butter and margarine.) If you choose margarine, look for trans fat-free brands.
Food myth: Nuts are as bad as junk food
Julia Sudnitskaya/ShutterstockHealthy eating: Nuts are excellent sources of protein and other nutrients, as long as you keep servings to a handful. Harvard researchers found that women who ate that amount about five times a week were 20 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who didn’t eat them as often. (These are the five healthiest nuts you can eat.) Additionally, several large studies have found that a regular intake of nuts protects against heart disease.
Food myth: The MSG found in some Chinese dishes can trigger headaches and other reactions
Alphonsine Sabine/ShutterstockHealthy eating: It probably is not the monosodium glutamate; people are most likely reacting to histamine, tyramine, and phenylethylamine. But it's always a good idea to watch out for these 9 signs you're eating too many preservatives.