It seems that we're in a golden age of eating trends, if "golden age" means a moment in time massively oversaturated with new "rules" on what to eat, what not to eat, what time to eat—and of course, green juice.
It's too much. And so much of it is nonsense.
To help get us all eating right, we run down the most common myths that should be taken off your plate immediately:
Smaller meals are better for your metabolism
It's often said that grazing throughout the day will help keep our metabolism up and therefore, is a more effective way to eat for those of us trying to lose weight.
However, John Foreyt, Ph.D., director of the Behavioral Medicine Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, tells Eating Well that the calorie difference in eating this way "is so small it doesn’t add up to a hill of beans."
Sugar is the devil
Artificial sweeteners should be kept to a minimum, but the natural sugars found in fruits is hardly as risky.
Indeed, a recent study from the Harvard School of Public Health found that eating whole fruits is linked to a lower risk for type 2 diabetes.
Eating after 8 p.m. is bad for you
Research has shown that the time of day doesn't have much of an impact on health. It's more about what you eat, how much and how close to bedtime your meals are.
Farah Fahad, a registered dietitian and founder of The Farah Effect, tells Elle that if you are hungry later at night, stick to proteins and veggies and wait about three hours after eating before going to bed.
Cleanses are the only way to get rid of toxins
When every person you follow on Instagram is downing green juice—and only green juice on a daily basis—it's easy to forget that we have livers.
You know, that organ who's job it is to rid our body of toxins and other indigestible stuff?
Leslie Bonci, MPH, director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and nutrition consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers, told Bustle that instead of cleansing, you can give your digestive system the boost it needs by "eating more fruits and vegetables, getting enough fiber and drinking lots of water."
Avoid eggs if you have cholesterol issues
Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., R.D., distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State University, says:
"Limit your cholesterol intake to less than 300 mg daily, less than 200 mg if you have a history of heart problems or diabetes or are over 55 (women) or 45 (men). If you do the math, that works out to less than an egg a day for this population—more like two eggs over the course of the week."