We have access to so much nutritional information, but misinformation is also widespread. Why is it that some myths keep coming back, even when scientific evidence exists that they are not true? The more persistent myths probably contain a tiny element of truth that makes them more believable. They may seem logical and reasonable, even though science doesn’t back them up. Unless we go and study original research, it’s not difficult to believe what all the health and fitness gurus tell us, even if research suggests otherwise.
Information about food that used to be spread by word of mouth now spreads like wildfire on social media. We are exposed to some truly ridiculous false claims, but at times it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. Before we make decisions based on what we’ve heard or read, we need to make sure our sources are reliable. Nutritional information is constantly expanding, and new studies are always being done that can shed more light on common misconceptions. The following points may help to clear up some misconceptions that remain despite clear evidence to the contrary.
1. We choose organic products
The organic food business is booming because we want better food, both for us and for the environment. One of the main reasons we buy organic products is because the farmers do not use synthetic pesticides. What we may not take into account is that synthetic pesticides are replaced with natural ones that have not been studied, meaning the side effects are unknown.
Does eating organic produce lead to better health? Research has yet to link eating organic foods to better health, although this does not necessarily mean a link does not exist. A review in the British Journal of Nutrition reported substantially lower levels of pesticides and higher levels of antioxidants in organic produce. However, an oft-cited analysis Stanford scientists found very few differences between the nutrients in organically grown and conventionally grown produce. Buying organic produce may help reduce synthetic pesticide consumption, but there’s no guarantee it will improve health.