Food fad fictions - Common nutrition myths busted

MYTH: Freshly squeezed juice is a healthy option

You might be surprised to learn that a 600ml bottle of fruit juice contains about 16 teaspoons of sugar, which is the same mount found in an equal sized bottle of cola! This amount of sugar is well over the seven teaspoons that the World Health Organization recommends as a daily upper limit. But how can that be? When you juice fresh fruit, you squeeze all the sugar into a glass and throw out the fibre – which is the best part as it helps keep our digestive system healthy. You also tend to use a lot more fruit than you would typically eat.

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MYTH: The health food aisle is full of healthy food

While the use of clever marketing on food labels is nothing new, the health food aisle adds another layer of confusion for consumers. Much like the lunchbox aisle, the health food section contains packaged and processed snack foods that use clever marketing to make them appear healthier than they are. Manufacturers know their claims around low fat, no added sugar, and general ‘naturalness’, coupled with the health food aisle location, make consumers much more likely to buy these products. But are these more hype than health?

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MYTH: Cutting out food groups is good for my health

Sugar, carbs, gluten, dairy – there are so many diets around that recommend cutting out food groups, but do any of them actually help us stay healthy or happy?

What are you really cutting out...


MYTH: Reduced fat dairy has added sugars and less nutrients that full fat varieties

Contrary to popular belief, reduced-fat dairy products do not contain added sugars. In fact, dairy products, whether reduced fat or full fat, all have a similar sugar content per 100ml.

How does the calcium compare...