Debunking 3 Persistent Nutritional MythsThe last few decades have seen tremendous advances in our understanding of human nutrition. Despite these breakthroughs, several myths regarding nutrition persist, probably as "Old wives' tales" or due to the prevalence of disreputable Internet sites.
Here are three of the most pernicious myths along with the the science that debunks these falsehoods:
I hear that I should cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables
People say that I should reduce my alcohol intakeMYTH! Wine is made from a very healthy fruit called the grape. Brandy is distilled wine, which means that water is removed from the fruity portions of the beverage and is even more beneficial to the human body. Remember that beer is made from grain and is therefore an excellent substitute for chicken.
Aren't fried foods bad for you?MYTH! Fried foods are cooked in vegetable oil, effectively "baking in" many of the health benefits of common vegetables.
In next week's column, we'll address 3 of the most nefarious myths regarding exercise.