Get the real deal on your meal! I love this statement as nutrition information is a plenty, but not all of it is from credible sources. Dietitians of Canada is dedicating Nutrition Month 2012 “to busting up popular food and nutrition myths by bringing truths to Canadians from dietitians, the food and nutrition experts”.

Dietitians of Canada has compiled a list of 39 popular food and nutrition myths to bust. Feel free to send me your thoughts on which you would like me to blog about. I currently have 3 friends that are pregnant (congratulations again!), so this one is for them!

MYTH #32 When you’re pregnant, eat up! You are eating for two.

THE TRUTH: Pregnant women are commonly told they are “eating for two.” In reality, you need just a little more food, during the second and third trimesters, to get enough nutrients and calories to support a growing baby. Two or three extra Food Guide servings each day are often enough. Aim to eat three balanced meals with nutritious snacks. To achieve a good weight for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby, eat twice as healthy, not twice as much. Be sure to follow the advice of your doctor or Registered Dietitian for any special nutrition needs.
For reliable prenatal information visit Health Canada at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/nutrition/prenatal
Until the next family meal!

3 thoughts on “Busted!

  1. I would love to hear your opinion on two things that I hear so much differing views on. I have heard opposite info from people who have both took some nutrition programs. Soooo the first question is about agave nectar. I by no means think it is a miracle product or that it is healthy… But have heard differing opinions on if it is less refined and perhaps not as bad as white sugar. Blah blah… Is it worth the money to sometimes use in baking instead of sugar. Second question is about coconut oil. I hear it is great… Than I hear it is not. Would live to hear your thoughts.

    1. Nutritionally speaking, agave nectar and white sugar are basically the same. They are both still sources of simple sugars, and therefore your body will break them down quickly the same way. In terms of use, it is sweeter than white sugar, so you may be inclined to use less of it and therefore reduce your sugar consumption. It claims to have a low glycemic index, but I could not find a reputable source to confirm this. Its fructose content will change depending on the way it is processed and its vendor (therefore making it sometimes the same in glycemic index as sugar). Basically I think that one is not better than the other.

      As for coconut oil, it is a source of saturated fat. In the scientific literature it has been studied for its effects on cholesterol levels in comparison to butter and vegetable oils (olive oil, safflower oil, etc.). Coconut oil does not increase total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol) as much as butter, but it increased cholesterol levels more than vegetable oils. All are sources of fat add extra calories, so use sparingly and choose vegetable oils more often.

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