Here’s some health advice you SHOULDN’T follow. “The New York Times” talked to leading health experts, and asked them to name the top nutrition MYTHS they’re sick of hearing . . .
Myth #1: Fresh fruit is healthier than frozen. Sometimes the canned stuff has added sugar. But in general, canned, frozen, and dried fruit have all the same nutrients as fresh fruit. And it’s cheaper.
Myth #2: Plant-based milk is way healthier than cow’s milk. It does have fewer calories and less fat. But cow’s milk has more than twice the protein. Some of the plant-based versions also have added salt and sugar, so be careful.
Myth #3: Never give a toddler peanuts. We used to think eating them too early in life gave kids allergies. But now experts think it’s the exact opposite. Feeding them stuff with peanuts in it might help them AVOID allergies.
Myth #4: It’s really hard for vegetarians to get enough protein. As long as you eat a mix of veggies, it’s easier than most people think. Nuts, grains, and beans have lots of protein.
Myth #5: Basic nutritional advice changes constantly. The basic advice hasn’t actually changed much since the 1950s. Don’t eat too much, and try to eat more plants than meat.