There are many myths about food and eating habits, and here are five that are commonly believed to be true:
Butter and margarine contain different types of fat, but both contain similar amounts of fat and calories. Some butter-like spreads have fewer calories and fat, however, so compare labels. Whatever you choose, use it sparingly.
Fresh, just-picked vegetables have the most vitamins and minerals, but nutrient levels drop during shipping and storage. Frozen vegetables, on the other hand, are picked at their peak and immediately flash frozen. So they could be even more nutritious than what you find in the produce isles.
Many foods high in carbohydrates, like bread, rice, pasta, cereals, beans, fruits, and some vegetables, like potatoes and corn, are low in fat and calories. They become high in fat and calories when covered with high-fat toppings, like butter, sour cream, and mayonnaise, or are deep-fried.
People who skip meals during the day tend to be heavier than people who don't. This may be because they tend to feel hungrier later on, and end up eating more. Eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day also keeps your metabolism running high.
It doesn't matter what time of day you eat. It is what and how much you eat, and how much physical activity you get, that determines whether you lose, maintain or gain weight. No matter when you eat, your body will store excess calories as fat.
Megan Porter, RD