The other day while I was making zucchini bread, I cracked an egg and dumped it right down the drain. Total mistake. (With a baby who still wakes up multiple times a night, I’m still a little sleep deprived.) There was a time, however, when I intentionally washed egg yolks down the drain—and used only the whites—because I thought that egg yolks were bad for my heart.
Here are the details of why you should go ahead and eat the yolks, plus highlights of other food myths that just won’t die.
More Food Myths Busted:
- It's important to fast periodically, to cleanse toxins from your body.
- I have a weight problem because I eat foods like wheat or dairy that my body can't process.
- You crave certain foods because you're deficient in one of the nutrients they provide.
- Grazing on mini meals throughout the day keeps your metabolism stoked and helps you control your weight better than eating fewer, larger meals.
- Carbohydrates make you fat.
- Anyone can benefit from a gluten-free diet: it can give you more energy and even treat autism.
- Calories eaten at night are more fattening than those eaten early in the day.
What food myth are you sick of hearing people defend?
By Nicci Micco
Nicci Micco is deputy editor of features and nutrition at EatingWell and co-author of EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners. She has a master's degree in nutrition and food sciences, with a focus in weight management.
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