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Dietitian Uses TikTok To Debunk Common Nutrition Myths

Have you ever been on a diet, be it a fad diet or a highly structured one like keto? Maybe you've just tried to make healthier choices, going the vegan or vegetarian route in the process? Or, maybe you tried to look into how to eat better, but you were bombarded with so much information it left you feeling way overwhelmed.

Luckily for you, there are people out there looking to make it easier, including this one dietitian on TikTok.

The health industry is rife with misinformation.

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From contradicting studies to warped social media fads, trying to search through the jungle of health-related content online and find out what you should do to keep healthy can be super difficult.

Luckily, there are some creators out there looking to dispel myths and share the truth, like @the.hiking.dietitian on TikTok.

Meet Leah Forristall, RD.

She's a dietitian who focuses on sustainable weightloss and outdoor sports nutrition according to her TikTok bio, and she's dedicated herself to debunking a ton of health-related myths surrounding food with a series she's titled Hard Truths About Food.

She covers everything from workout tactics to health fads.

Like in one video where she says that adding coconut oil to coffee isn't a healthier alternative, nor will dipping everything in mustard help you lost weight, two social media health 'tricks' that had no real basis to begin with.

She tackles long-standing myths that are baked into the way we navigate food.

Her statements include, "Sugar isn't an 'addictive substance'", "Added sugar isn't inherently bad for you", "Carbs are fine - just get in your fiber", and "Best way to boost your metabolism? EAT".

Her short, direct statements always cause a flurry of discussion in her comments, which she's happy to reply to.

In some videos, she discusses the personal habits of many adults

People have gained tons of unhealthy food habits on their own, away from the health industry's influence. She reminds people of very valid points like, "Coffee is not a meal" and "There's no way around eating your vegetables. you just have to do it."

She even goes over shopping facts.

Many believe that if their groceries are purchased from a 'higher quality' grocer, they're better for you, but that isn't the case. As she puts it, "Just because it's from Trader Joe's or Whole Foods, does not immediately make it healthy."

Finally, she covers some of the mental aspect that comes with eating healthy.

Most importantly, she says, "Your desire for weight loss shouldn't be stronger than your desire to be healthy."

These only scratch the surface at what her account covers, with many of her facts and reminders being reassuring to those who are trying their best to make healthy choices.

She's certainly met her goal of fostering more discussions around food.

As well as soothing peoples' worries regarding healthy eating.

In an interview with Bored Panda, she provided her one best piece of advice, "If I had one key nutrition tip for anyone looking to make healthy lifestyle changes, it would be to ask yourself this one question: ‘can I see myself in 10 years doing the exact same thing I'm doing now?’ If you don't enjoy what you're doing now, whether that be a specific workout routine or diet, you can't expect long-term results from it."

h/t: Bored Panda

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