Debunking Common Nutrition Myths

Good nutrition is the foundation of good health. However, it’s not always easy to stick to a healthy diet because there is so much misinformation out there about what you should—and shouldn’t—be eating. At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to helping our community learn the real truth about healthy eating through our bariatric surgery center, H2U network, and classes. As you make dietary choices, don’t let these myths derail your efforts.

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Table Sugar Is Better Than High Fructose Corn Syrup

Added sugars are bad for you, period. High fructose corn syrup and table sugar have very similar makeups. They both contain about 50 percent fructose and glucose. There is no evidence that your body can tell the difference between the two or that high fructose corn syrup impacts your blood sugar in any way that is different from table sugar. The nutritional problem with high fructose corn syrup is that it is added to so many different foods that you likely get more of it than table sugar, but cutting added sugars in any form is what really matters for good health.

Sea Salt Is Better Than Table Salt

Sea salt and table salt both contain 2,300 mgs of sodium per teaspoon. It is true that sea salt contains minerals that are important for your health, including magnesium and iron. However, you would need to eat extremely dangerous amounts of sea salt to get more than negligible amounts. What you don’t get in sea salt is the iodine that is added to table salt to support healthy thyroid function.

Limiting Carbs Makes You Lose Weight

Limiting any food group may make you lose weight temporarily, simply because you are likely to consume fewer calories. Eating fewer calories than you burn is the secret to weight loss. For health reasons, getting your calories from a variety of foods is important. Whole grain carbs are a crucial part of good nutrition.

Get a handle on good nutrition with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. We’re here for all of your health concerns with services like our heart hospital, bariatric surgery center, organ transplant, and robotic surgery. You can reach our Riverside hospital at (951) 788-3000.

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