20 Health and Fitness Myths Busted

There's a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to diet and exercise. Do these pervasive myths have you fooled?
Sarah Crow

We all have that one friend who loves conspiracy theories and old wives' tales—the one who just can't wait to corner you at a party and explain how the moon landing was faked. When it comes to diet and exercise myths and rumors, however, it seems that even people who aren't members of the tinfoil hat brigade get easily drawn in, eagerly spouting unsupported information about how entire food groups are evil, how certain exercises will help you achieve seemingly impossible results, and how important it is to regularly purge your body through fasting and intense sweat sessions.

Unfortunately, even the most seemingly health-conscious among us may be significantly overestimating how much we know about health and nutrition. In fact, a study conducted by NPR and Truven Health Analytics, 75 percent of American adults polled said they had healthy eating habits. The only problem? According to the CDC, 90 percent of Americans aren't getting adequate fruit or vegetables, and the majority of the country's inhabitants classify as overweight or obese. 

The good news? We've separated fact from fiction by busting these prevalent health and fitness myths, making it easier for you to lose weight and live healthier in no time. And when you want to make every meal healthier, load up on the 23 Best Vegetables for Weight Loss!