8 Nutrition Myths You Think Are Fact

You make decisions about what to put into your body all the time. Whether it’s what to have for lunch or which drink is going to best quench your thirst, you probably weigh several different factors before coming to a decision. But are you picking your food based on the right information? Find out which myths might be fooling you into passing up healthier options.

Carbs Make You Fat

The problem with this myth is that it’s overly broad. Simple carbs can contribute to weight gain, but carbs include a lot more than refined sugar. Fiber, which is found in whole grains and many fruits and vegetables, is a carbohydrate that helps lower your risk of colon cancer and boosts digestive health. When picking out carbohydrate-heavy foods like pasta or bread, go with whole grain or whole wheat options whenever you can. This pushes the balance in favor of healthier complex carbohydrates and away from calorie-dense simple sugars.

Is Your Stomach Cramp Actually Diverticulitis?

It may not just be indigestion.

We've all been there — we get a cramp in our stomach, maybe with some nausea or constipation. It's easy to think it may just be indigestion. But what if it's something more serious like diverticulitis? That's a condition of inflammation or infection in one or more small pouches that can form in your digestive tract. Here's how to tell the difference between the pain and how to know when you should see a doctor.