Health and science information is always getting updated, which can make it difficult to recognize the truth from a marketing trend or fad. Dr. Emily Cooper, the author of "The Metabolic Storm: The Science of Your Metabolism and Why It's Making You Fat," dispelled common diet myths that could sabotage weight loss. The main takeaway: look for ingredients that you can pronounce.
Full fat ice cream vs. regular ice cream:
While the full fat version has more calories, it has far fewer ingredients. And you can pronounce all of them. The low fat version is puffed up with so many chemicals that can't be good for your body.
Whole wheat bread vs. non whole wheat bread from a bakery:
You would think the whole wheat, but like the low-fat ice cream, this whole wheat bread is filled with a list of chemicals ingredients. The label "whole wheat" is very misleading. It's more of a marketing thing. The sourdough white loaf or even a fresh baguette is better for you. It's natural and free of chemicals.
Lemonade with sugar vs. diet soda:
The can is actually the problem. Most likely, it's lined with a plastic called BPA that has been linked to obesity. Research studies have shown that the BPA actually gets into people's systems and potentially disrupts the process that breaks down extra body fat. It's not a chemical anyone wants to ingest. In other studies, artificial sweeteners have been proven to trick your brain and promote obesity in ways that eating real sugar doesn't. So again, go with the real stuff.
Peanut butter vs. a butter spread with half the fat:
Choose the butter because it's the more natural product. Do it also because LDL cholesterol is affected more negatively by trans fats, which are found in many butter spreads, than saturated fats found in natural butter. In other words, your cholesterol is actually better off with the real butter. It seems contrary to popular opinion, but it is science.