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Too Many Nutritional Myths Guide Consumer Food Choices

July 28, 2009: 11:18 AM EST
Consumers trying to eat healthy or lose weight often purchase foods based on well-entrenched myths, according to nutritionists. Fat, for example, is often avoided, though it helps in digestion of various nutrients. Food supplements like fish oil and vitamins remain hugely popular. But people often believe, mistakenly, that larger quantities mean better health. And a single daily multivitamin may be more cost-effective and beneficial than fortified foods. Other myths shattered: snacking isn’t always bad, avoiding breakfast doesn’t cut calories, and sports drinks are only occasionally helpful. Bottom line, nutritionists tell consumers: eat vegetables.
LAUREN COX, "No-Fat Meals and Other Diet Mistakes", ABC News Medical Unit, July 28, 2009, © ABC News Internet Ventures
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