Eating healthy can be challenging enough without having to weed through which diet advice is sound and what is a myth. We’ve done some myth busting for you!

Drinking more water can help you lose weight

Turns out there’s no evidence that water peels off pounds.  True, foods containing water – such as soup, can fill you up.  But just drinking water alone doesn’t have the same impact.  Our thirst mechanism and our hunger mechanism are two different things.  Best advice – drink water for health benefits and to make sure your body has the water it needs and not for weight loss!

Sea salt has less sodium than table salt

Sea salt along with any salt is just salt.  Sea salt contains less sodium per teaspoon than table salt because sea salt is coarser, so fewer grains fit into the teaspoon.  Best advice – Use any salt in moderation. Or use spices to enhance the flavor of your foods instead!

Skim milk has less calcium than whole milk

Reducing the fat content in milk slightly increases the calcium content.  The fat in milk doesn’t contain the calcium.  Best advice – Milk is not the only good source of calcium.  Try yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese, calcium fortified soy milk, almond milk, tofu, and even deep green vegetables.

Beans and rice have to be eaten together

Complimentary proteins are definitely important when following a vegan diet to make sure you are getting all the amino acids your body needs throughout the day. We all know that beans and rice are a great pairing but turns out you don’t have to actually eat them together in the same meal. Eat a variety of plant-based proteins throughout the day so you still get the benefit of all those necessary amino acids. Now they’re in your “protein basket.” Now you can pair foods based on taste rather than protein profile.

Too much sugar leads to diabetes

Too much sugar doesn’t cause diabetes but candy and other sugary foods contribute plenty of calories that can lead to weight gain. Being overweight can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Best advice – you don’t have to avoid any food group entirely to prevent diabetes, but monitoring your intake of sugar and sugar substitutes is essential for managing your risk of diabetes and your overall health.