There’s a lot of information about health out there. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation, too. Whether it’s a fad diet, debunked research, or just a common belief that seems to make sense but has been scientifically disproved, there are misconceptions abound and they could be keeping you from truly living well.
Here are six health myths to stop believing—and the truth to help you live better…
1. Myth #1: Fatty Foods = Fat
Somewhere along the way, people began associating fat in foods with fat in people. While the consumption of chips and burgers and fried foods certainly plays a part in weight gain, not all fatty foods are bad for you.
According to the Mayo Clinic, dietary fat is essential because it supports several of the body’s functions. The key is to eat the right types of fats. Steer clear of saturated and Trans fats, like those found in fried and processed foods. Opt instead for monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids. These are the fats found in olive, safflower, and canola oils, nuts and seeds, and fish.