Nutrition Misconceptions

By: Olivia Richardson

Article Summary

Dietitian Ellie Krieger breaks several common nutrition misconceptions in an excerpt of a recent online chat. The article was published on April 1, 2016 by the Washington Post. The first misconception is that: "There isn't any nutritional value to cereal." Krieger goes on to explain that simple cereals can be a great start to a well balanced breakfast. Oat, shredded wheat, whole grain, and unsweetened cereals can be good for you especially if you add your own dried fruits or nuts, and by adding milk there will be protein as well. Another misconception that Krieger cracks is that Greek yogurt is better than regular yogurt. She then explains the difference between the two saying that Greek yogurt is just regular yogurt but without whey. Although Greek yogurt does have more protein, regular yogurt has more calcium so it is arguable that one is better than the other. She goes on to talk about common misconceptions regarding mayonnaise, cutting sugar from your diet, and the difference between coconut oil and olive oil.
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Article Critique

Ellie Krieger is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition from Teacher's College, Columbia University. She recieved her undergrad at Cornell University. She was also a professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University. She is now the host of the Food Network's "Healthy Appetite." Krieger is a Washington Post columnist and appears as an expert guest on national TV on shows like The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Dr. Oz and more. She is also avidly involved in Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign. Krieger is also the author of at least 4 cookbooks.

I believe that Ellie Krieger is a very qualified Dietitian therefore making this a qualified and accurate article. Another reason that I think this article is credible is because of the source. The Washington Post is very well known and prestigious organization and is trusted with its credibility.

Lastly, when looking at the actual information given I found it to be true to all of the things that we have learned this semester. Although I did not know the difference between Greek yogurt and regular yogurt prior to reading the article, it made sense and fit in with what we have learned. To check the accuracy of this information I looked into it on several difference credible websites and found the same answer on them all. All of the information given seems logical when compared with what we have learned. She talks about nutrition in a very simple way that most people can understand and still makes sure to talk about the specific nutrients involved.

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