The key is balance. Eating healthy foods shouldn’t feel like a punishment, and with more—and more creative—health-conscious options on shelves and menus than ever before, there’s a smart choice to satisfy every snacker. And it’s okay to treat yourself with an occasional sugary dessert—as long as it’s the exception, not the rule.
This is the first in a planned series of posts that will sift through the myths, misinformation, and marketing mumbo jumbo to get at the truth about our health. Future installments will focus on more specific myths, claims, and controversies. But first, let’s lay a foundation by figuring out why there are so many of those out there in the first place. Broadly speaking, there are three overarching myths that contribute to the amount of misunderstanding and misinformation about men’s health. Let’s look at each of them in turn.