Expert Shares Biggest Myths About Eating Healthy

The phrase "healthy eating habits" is thrown around freely, but do most people even know what it really entails?

There are a slew of components that contribute to healthy eating habits, and there are misconceptions believed by many.

We're the first to admit that we don't know everything there is to know either—but we're super eager to learn. We reached out to Mascha Davis MPH, RDN, who is a Private Practice Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, founder of and author of the newly released book Eat Your Vitamins.

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Below, Mascha breaks down some of the biggest myths about healthy eating. Keep reading for what she had to say.

Most Common Misconceptions About Eating Healthy

  • Certain foods are "good" or "bad."
  • You need to restrict calories/fat/carbs.
  • There are certain foods that will make you lose weight or burn calories.



Foods That Are Most Commonly Misidentified as 'Healthy'

"Kombucha, açai bowls, smoothies, 100% juices, protein bars and shakes," Mascha says of foods wrongly associated with health. "Many of these can actually be really high in sugar and/or processed ingredients."

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Bouncing Back After Eating Extremely Poorly for a Few Days

Despite what you may have read, "You can definitely bounce back [right away]!" Mascha explains. "Nobody is perfect, and sometimes our diets are less than optimal for several days. But our bodies are very smart and can handle periods of not having everything they need. Most nutrients can be stored and used when needed. If the diet is only poor for a few days, our bodies will bounce back once we start eating healthier again. However, if the diet is poor for months, deficiencies can start developing and the effects can definitely start showing."



For more on eating right, HERE's what we wish we knew about healthy eating earlier in life.