The Untold Truth about Common Nutrition Myths

Meghan Joost, Staff writer

Do eggs have as much bad cholesterol as people say they do
Do eggs have as much bad cholesterol as people say they do? – Photo by Meghan Joost


Life can be confusing, but what constitutes as good nutrition can be even more confusing. The amount of fats, carbs and protein a person must eat each day to remain healthy are some of the biggest mysteries to most people. There are numerous diet crazes and well known health standard that people adhere to when trying to lose weight or stay healthy. However, when it comes to “healthy food,” how much out there is fiction or fact?

“I do try to eat healthy; I have apples in my bag right now. It’s hard when I crave chocolate and fried foods”, stated Claudia Cruz, a Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) student.
One particular myth about food according to the Weight-Control Information Network (WIN) is that “Eating meat is bad for my health and makes it harder to lose weight.” However, according to WIN, “Eating lean meat in small amounts can be part of a healthy plan to lose weight. Chicken, fish, pork, and red meat contain some cholesterol and saturated fat. But they also contain healthy nutrients like iron, protein, and zinc.” The site has tips for making healthier choices such as eating lower fat meats such as chicken and flank steak. WIN also recommends keeping portions to “three ounces or less”
Another myth according to WIN is that “Dairy products are fattening and unhealthy.” The site states, “Fat-free and low-fat cheese, milk, and yogurt are just as healthy as whole-milk dairy products, and they are lower in fat and calories. Dairy products offer protein to build muscles and help organs work well, and calcium to strengthen bones. Most milk and some yogurts have extra vitamin D added to help your body use calcium. Most Americans don’t get enough calcium and vitamin D. Dairy is an easy way to get more of these nutrients.”
Eggs are also known to be “unhealthy”. However, according to article titled “Top 11 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition” from, eggs actually raise the “good” cholesterol and hold key antioxidants that help protect eyes. Eggs are also associated with weight loss.
Another well-known falsehood according to is that “Low-fat foods are good for you.” However, According to the site, “Low-fat foods are usually highly processed products loaded with sugar, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. They are extremely unhealthy”
“It is hard to eat healthy with a crazy class schedule. College makes it really hard to eat right and on a regular schedule”, stated Cruz. It is important to remember that portion size and control are a key to good eating habits. Also, eat everything in moderation. These two tips are what keep a well balanced diet from becoming a dangerous health situation. NEIU student health services offers dietary and nutrition information. A healthy body and mind can also lead to a more successful academic career.