Health professionals like you play a key role in demolishing the myths and misunderstandings that consumers pick up on the web and through other less-than-reliable sources. Yet every day, it seems there are new fads and fallacies to counteract. ONE to the rescue, with information you can use in blogs, articles and community presentations to answer consumers’ questions about sugar, cholesterol, carbs, dairy, whole grains, and more. Bonus: Check out our two in-the-aisles activity ideas (paired with a handout) under “Be a Sugar Detective.”

Supermarket Myths

Common myths and misunderstandings can lead consumers to pay more for a product. With this resource they’ll know that a white egg is just as nutritious as a brown one, that bigger packages aren’t always better, and that nourishing foods can be fresh, frozen or canned.

Sauerkraut and green cabbage

Processed foods have been a part of human existence for millennia. Whether drying berries in the sun, salting fish or aging cheese, earlier cultures around the world found ways to preserve their foods. Today, there’s a rise in traditionally-processed foods, many of them fermented. This resource explains their benefits and shares tips for buying the real thing.

Shopper on a Budget

Eating well doesn’t have to break the bank. With these tips and strategies shoppers can enjoy healthy foods in all their forms – fresh, frozen, dried, or canned  — to make delicious budget-friendly meals any day of the week.

Sugar in tablespoon measure

Sugar is in many of our foods, and these ideas for a handout and two activities can help you explain the difference between added sugar and natural sugar. Shoppers may be surprised when they see firsthand how much sugar (in teaspoons) is in their favorite cereal or yogurt!

Cheese board

There are health benefits to eating dairy, but some people shy away from it because of its saturated fat content, especially if they want to lose weight. And, those who are lactose intolerant believe they have to give up the pleasure of eating it entirely. Although there is some truth behind these statements, we share research that shows why dairy doesn’t have to be ditched altogether if someone is lactose intolerant or on a weight-loss program.

Cholesterol readout

A common misperception is that eating foods containing cholesterol increases our blood cholesterol levels. However, it’s the type of fats and carbs that more often make the difference. This resource explains the role cholesterol plays in our overall health and the types of foods to enjoy for optimum wellbeing.

Oatmeal topped with strawberries

Carbohydrates are essential to good health and shouldn’t be excluded from a nutritious diet. This resource explains the difference between a “good” carb and a “not-so-good” carb and shows which foods to embrace and those to avoid.

Whole grains in a bowl

For a small number of people diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, eating a gluten-free diet is a medical necessity. This resource explains why for the rest of us going gluten free without the supervision of a registered dietitian can be unhealthy and potentially lead to weight gain. The accompanying chart shows which grains contain gluten and those that are gluten free.

Social Media Resource
Twitter logo white bird on blue background

These tweet ideas have been written to coordinate with resources we’ve featured in this ONE Food and Nutrition Myths Toolkit