Dispelling nutrition myths

February 2, 2023 – Ten experts recently told the New York Times which false ideas about nutrition they would like to dispel. One of those experts—Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Sara Bleich—said that she’d like to dispel the myth that “Fresh fruits and vegetables are always healthier than canned, frozen or dried varieties.”

Bleich, professor of public health policy at Harvard Chan School and outgoing director of nutrition security and health equity at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said that canned, frozen, or dried fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as fresh items. “They can also be a money saver and an easy way to make sure there are always fruits and vegetables available at home,” she said. However, she warned consumers to check nutrition labels so they can choose products with a minimum of added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium.

The other nine experts quoted in the article tackled a variety of myths, including the idea that all fat is bad; that there’s a link between soy-based foods and breast cancer risk; and that children shouldn’t be fed peanut products in their first few years of life.

Read the New York Times article: 10 Nutrition Myths Experts Wish Would Die