The Truth on the Latest Nutrition Buzz
When it comes to the world of food, diet, and nutrition, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. With countless conflicting news stories and opinions constantly competing for your attention, it makes it hard to know what is just another fad and what is worth your time and attention. Well look no further, because Aramark dietitian Dr. Qiong Chen (pictured) is here to help bring some clarity and to debunk common food and nutrition myths.
Do Eggs Raise Cholesterol?
A common misconception is eggs are bad for you because they’re high in cholesterol. The truth is that eating foods with cholesterol in them actually has less of an impact on blood cholesterol levels than trans fats and saturated fats. Eggs are packed with protein and vitamins A, B12, and D and they make a great addition to any meal or snack in moderation.
Are Plant-Based Milks Healthier?
Although plant-based milk options are gaining in popularity, cow’s milk has more nutrients such as protein, calcium, and vitamin D than some plant-based alternatives, and can contain fewer carbohydrates and sugar. While plant-based milks might not be more nutritious, they do offer benefits to those with dairy sensitivities—and can also have a lower environmental footprint versus cow’s milk.
Juicing: Yea or Nay?
Juicing fruits and vegetables strips them of fiber, which is essential for digestive health. Juices are also high in sugar. Smoothies are a great meal replacement and an easy way to add whole fruits and vegetables (as opposed to juicing them) with other nutrition-packed ingredients, such as nut butter, milk, spices, and herbs.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.