Juice cleanses. Low- carb diets. Superfoods. Nutrition myths masquerading as health or medical advice are everywhere.

It’s easy to fall into the trap of believing that there’s “one crazy trick” that will completely detox your system, help you lose weight , or lower your cholesterol but you should resist.

INSIDER talked tonutrition proswho helped us debunk common nutrition myths that canharm, rather than help, your health.


Activated charcoal is notquiteas super as its super-fans would have you believe.

“Activated charcoal is known for its absorption properties … but itcan also deplete your system of good nutrients your body needs,” dietitianGraceDerocha, a wellness coach at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan , told INSIDER. “Activated charcoal supplements may diminish the effectiveness of medications people take as well.” ( That includes birth control pills .)

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