Exploring Nutritional Half-Truths

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There’s a lot of dietary information that sounds good on the surface, but stops short of being sound advice.

It’s the time of year when we start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. Typically, at the top of the list – especially after overindulging in Christmas goodies – is the vow to cut the junk out of our diets and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

It sounds easy enough. After all, there’s plenty of “expert” advice out there that’s just a search and click away. But like a lot of things on the internet, healthy diet advice should come with a “buyer beware” warning.

While NC State Extension has a wealth of information about health and nutrition, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. We all have that Facebook friend who lost 30 pounds on the latest diet making the rounds, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for us. Or healthy.

There are no “magic foods.” A healthy diet is built around fruits and vegetables, and selecting foods that are low in saturated fat.

“Nowadays everyone seems to be a nutrition expert,” says Cassidy Hall, Family and Consumer Sciences agent with N.C. Cooperative Extension’s Johnston County Center.

“There is a huge market for nutrition products and self-studied nutrition coaches, and an overwhelming number of quick-fix diets. All of these things make finding information that is credible and rooted in nutrition science much harder to find.”

To learn more: Three Nutrition Half-Truths