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My Goal is to Dispel Myths & Offer Perspective

Every week there is some new food myth to contend with.  Whether you see or hear it on television, radio, magazine covers, or across your social media feed, it can lead to confusion. Often the moment that a new research study is published, the popular media grab a few tidbits and publish a headline. In many cases, studies are preliminary, or simply flawed on a number of counts, and the headline exaggerates the results.


Follow Chew the Facts®with Rust Nutrition Services and learn to decipher food and nutrition facts from myths, so you can enjoy eating. Here you’ll find well-researched diet and nutrition information, recipes, eating tips, and book reviews – all of the tools you need to make reasonable, sustainable changes in your diet or lifestyle.

While human nutrition is complicated (and rat study results can’t be applied to humans), there is actually a lot of well-documented science available. Facts about basic nutrient needs, daily dietary allowances and recommended intakes, are all based on sound nutrition science data. Yet, there is no shortage of misinformation. Often the first few hits on an Internet search are not accurate. This abundance of misinformation motivated me to start blogging and writing books that help consumers understand some nutrition basics with facts, not fear.

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DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (high blood pressure). In DASH Diet For Dummies® Dr. Sarah Samaan provides all of the heart health information your doctor didn’t have time to review with you! For instance, you’ll learn about how blood pressure, heart health and diabetes are related. It’s also packed with easy recipes and new ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet  (fun fact: you can still enjoy bread, grains, meat, dairy foods, and a few treats). Above all, you’ll find doable recipes from culinary dietitian Cindy Kleckner, including meal plans, and menus that will lower your blood pressure and help you manage your weight.


Words like “cheating” and “guilt” do not belong in the vocabulary of healthy eating habits. Unfortunately for many, there’s a lot of guilt associated with eating. Begin your journey by lifting the guilt off of your shoulders and removing the burden of confusion. Chew the Facts® and ban negative food words and relax the “food rules”.

Turn deprivation into healthy indulgence by freeing yourself from labeling some foods as “bad” and others purely as “good”. There is no “one right way” to eat.  Healthy eating is not about being perfect for a day or a few months. Your lifestyle will always be a work in progress, consequently, making dietary changes is something you commit to for the rest of your life.

By arming you with the facts, you can worry less about always eating the ‘right’ thing, and instead find the right diet fit for you. After that, you can focus on learning healthy eating habits based on variety, balance and moderation.

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