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Diet Myths Debunked

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The Low-Carb Diet

The Myth: Give up bread and pasta and the pounds will melt away.

The Truth: Low-carb eating plans are a digestive nightmare, because they don't provide enough fiber, which frequently results in severe constipation, says Maye Musk, RD, a New York City-based dietitian. Healthy carbs are also crucial for energy. Stop eating them and you're likely to feel tired and grumpy all the time.

The Fix: Eat good-for-you carbs. To make sure you get the nutrients you need, add four servings to your daily diet, suggests Musk. Try a slice of whole-grain bread, one-half cup cooked oatmeal, one-third cup brown rice, and one-half cup whole wheat pasta. Piling your plate with fiber-rich veggies such as spinach, broccoli, peas, and asparagus can also help get things, um, moving. (Legumes such as soybeans and lentils are also good fiber sources.) If that doesn't work, pour yourself a bowl of low-sugar, high-fiber cereal, such as All-Bran with Extra Fiber. Just one-quarter cup will supply you with more than 6 grams.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2008.


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irbim315 wrote:

I just finished "Wheat Belly" by R. Davis. I find his argument for wheat-free much more cogent that yours.

8/17/2013 04:28:33 PM Report Abuse
chrisdietric wrote:

You don't need an expert to look at the nutrition labels of dairy milk and almond milk. Which has cholesterol, saturated fat and LESS calcium? Yes dairy milk.

1/1/2013 09:17:16 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

What a lame article! I hate it when so called "experts" try to scare people into believing they need to eat meat & dairy to be healthy. One paragraph talks about lack of iron in a meat/dairy free diet and then goes on to a long list of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to "fix" the problem. I have to wonder about the author's connection to the meat/dairy industry.

8/9/2012 09:24:55 AM Report Abuse
ivanzbecker wrote:

Right - eat healthy. Period. You don't need gluten to survive. And I have experienced a huge reduction in inflammation since I removed it from my diet.

4/11/2012 02:32:12 PM Report Abuse
ctovar0726 wrote:

Eliminating dairy from your diet does not mean that you won't consume enough calcium. Silk (soymilk), for example, has more calcium per serving than cow's milk. On top of that, Silk, or other non-dairy milk, has no antibiotics. I don't see how not consuming dairy can be bad for you.

12/13/2011 05:34:22 PM Report Abuse

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