According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 40% of Americans take some sort of supplement each day. This amounts to what Market Watch refers to as a staggering $37 billion industry between multivitamins, supplements, and protein powders. Despite those numbers, there’s a growing amount of research suggesting that supplements are, for the most part, unnecessary.
How many times have you read that you need to eat clean, start juicing or only eat foods that have a specific number of ingredients? The advice may be compelling, and even sound science-y, but in the age of Google and information overload, you have to be careful about who you’re turning to for advice.
That’s why, to separate food facts from fiction, I turned to the real nutrition pros— my fellow registered dietitians (RDs). RDs have undergraduate degrees (and often graduate degrees, as well) from accredited programs, complete at least 1,200 hours of supervised practice, pass a registration exam and meet continuing education requirements in order to maintain their professional status. Let’s just say they know a thing or two. Here are their top food misconceptions they’d prefer you’d forget.
We talk about metabolism like it’s something we can manipulate by gulping a pill, downing some green tea, or running faster. You’ve seen the articles headlined “Boost your metabolism” or “Try this high-metabolism diet to lose weight.”
But this obscures many truths about this essential, yet still somewhat mysterious, biological process.
Here are nine facts to help you understand metabolism, and how to think about it in the context of weight gain and weight loss.