The Top 5 Lies About Health And Nutrition That Can Make You Fat And Sick

diet and nutrition Sep 15, 2018

How good is your health and nutrition knowledge?    

Put it to the test.

  1. Olive oil is a healthy foodtrue or false?
  2. Lower-fat dairy products are better for you than full-fat dairy productstrue or false?
  3. Milk and calcium supplements are needed in order to build strong bones true or false?
  4. Starchy foods are fatteningtrue or false?
  5. People develop diabetes as a result of eating too much sugartrue or false?
  6. Genetics has little to do with whether or not you develop heart disease, cancer, or diabetestrue or false?



1) False:

  • Oils (including olive oil) are concentrated fat and calories
  • Each tablespoon contains 130 calories and 14 grams of fat
  • Oils contribute to weight gain, the development of atherosclerotic plaques, and coronary artery disease

 2) False:

  • Lowering the fat in dairy products concentrates the protein content
  • Dairy protein is linked to juvenile diabetes, asthma, allergies, constipation, chronic infections, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, and breast and prostate cancer

 3) False:

  • Calcium needs are quite low – only 400-500 mg per day
  • Calcium needs are easily met with plant foods – one medium-sized orange contains 110-120 mg of calcium

4) False:

  • The world’s healthiest populations eat diets based on starchy foods


  • Rice is a staple food in China
  • Okinawa – almost 70% of calories from sweet potatoes

 5) False:

  • Fat in the diet is the biggest contributor developing type 2 diabetes
  • Excess fat can be stored in the cells, making them more insulin resistant
  • Fat is more calorie-dense, and contributes more to weight gain, a leading risk factor for type-2 diabetes

 6) True:

  • Genes are responsible for about 2-3% of health outcomes
  • Your diet and lifestyle habits are the primary determinants of your health or the development of disease

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