Nutrition Myth: There are no bad foods

We’ve all heard the nutrition myth: there are no bad foods. You can eat whatever you want as long as you eat in moderation. We spoke with Heartland Wellness Director, Eric Mueller to set the record straight.

“All foods are not created equal,” Eric explained. “For example, donuts are not of equal nutritional value as fresh broccoli.”

Eric equates this food myth to handing out trophies to everyone on the basketball court. When Eric’s son, Shane, finished his first basketball season, every child received a trophy. “I was excited for Shane to have a positive experience, but I also know that when the level of play gets more difficult, it will become clear that some kids are better basketball players than others.”

The truth is — just as there are better players, there are better foods. We can’t compare a Snickers to spinach. Eric shared, “Some foods are better than others and some foods are bad for you. Does this mean we can only eat ‘good’ foods? No. But we need to recognize that some items in the grocery store are unhealthy, even if you eat them in moderation.”

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