Nutritionists debunk myths about food and your diet – Health News Today

Following is a transcript of the video. 

Vanessa Risseto: Red wine is good for your heart. Okay, actually, this is the biggest myth of all time.

Tamar Samuels: Meat is a necessary part of a balanced diet. This is a controversial one, and I love this topic.

Vanessa: Fruit is as unhealthy as candy. If it’s orange soda and Snickers or an apple, eat the apple.

Tamar: Hi, I’m Tamar Samuels a registered dietitian, and the co-founder of Culina Health.

Vanessa: Hi, I’m Vanessa Risseto, and I’m a registered dietitian, and co-founder of Culina Health. And today we are debunking 19 diet myths. Myth number one, beans are toxic. No, beans are not toxic. They have fiber. They have protein. They come from the earth. I mean, Tamar, I think this is just another way to like vilify carbs. (Editor’s note: While raw beans can be toxic, the experts in this video are discussing properly cooked beans.)

Tamar: I think maybe people mistake a little bit of GI discomfort with toxicity. Beans, as Vanessa said, are really high in fiber which is a good thing, but a lot of people don’t eat enough fiber. And when you first reintroduced fiber it can cause a little bit of indigestion, some bloating, maybe some gas, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. It means that you should probably just start slower with a smaller portion and build your way up to, you know a full cup of beans. Okay. Myth number two, bananas pack the most potassium. Potassium is in pretty much every fruit and vegetable.

Vanessa: Also, Kiwis have the most potassium. And that bananas thing is just like a marketing scheme from the 80s So they’d had like the Chiquita banana and it was like get all your potassium from bananas.

Reporter: Delicious Chiquita bananas are rich in potassium.

Vanessa: Myth number three, honey and agave syrup are better than sugar. Actually, there’s no difference, right? Sugar is sugar is sugar.

Tamar: Ultimately the way that we process all of these simple sugars is exactly the same in the body. Although honey, and depending on the type of agave may have a slightly higher nutrient profile. So, it might have a little bit more minerals than the sugar itself, which has absolutely no vitamins, minerals, or phytonutrients. Myth number four, fat-free foods are always healthy. First of all, everybody responds to different foods differently. Fat-free food can be healthy, but a lot of the times they’re not healthy. Oftentimes when we take away the fat, we take away the ability of the food to make us feel full. And then we also add in things like sugar to make the food more palatable, to make it taste better, which can actually end up making the food itself not healthy at all.

Vanessa: It’s not worth it. Just eat the regular serving of fat and you’ll be better off. Myth number five, fruit is as unhealthy as candy. Fruit has antioxidants, and vitamins, and minerals, and fiber, which no one gets enough of. So please eat the fruit. Like if it’s orange soda and Snickers or an apple, eat the…