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Seems like the nutrition advice we get is constantly changing. New food trends and various studies can make what was once a healthy choice into a food to be avoided. When you work with experts at Alison Wellness Clinic, you will have access to the latest information and products, along with the personal support you need to reach your health goals. Call for an appointment today: (256) 489-5748. Now, see if you believe these two common nutrition myths, and then learn the facts:

1.) Nuts are so high in fat and calories, so they should be avoided as snacks — That’s (basically) fiction

Nuts are high in heart healthy monounsaturated fat, the type of fat also found in olive oil. Studies have shown that people who consume nuts actually have a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and heart disease than those who avoid nuts. A diet that includes nuts is also associated with a decrease in the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease.

Even though nuts are high in calories, most people normally consume an amount that doesn’t promote weight gain. Studies report that when we eat nuts, we tend to decrease our intake of calories from other foods, which is likely because nuts can help us feel more full.

2.) Three to four cups of coffee a day is bad for your health — The opposite is true (in most cases)

Studies have consistently shown that regular coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, liver disease, liver cancer, Parkinson’s disease and depression. Coffee is also known to help support faster cognitive function. And many of these benefits come from drinking caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee.

While the overall health effects of coffee are considered beneficial, some people experience unhealthy side effects such as insomnia, heartburn, gastrointestinal and urinary problems and even withdrawal headaches, due to the way they metabolize caffeine.

In addition, the things we enjoy adding to our coffee, such as cream and sugar, can add a lot of extra calories than can lead to weight gain.

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