KUSA - When it comes to food and diets, I often encounter people who believe that a certain diet or way of eating is the only way to go. The reality is that when it comes to nutrition, there is no "perfect" diet, no black or white, but often shades of gray.

Here are five diet "grays" that I hear all the time.

  1. Gluten free is the way to be!
  2. Nut products shouldn't be considered "healthy."
  3. Fresh fruits and vegetables are always best.
  4. Coconut oil is a health food.
  5. Only shop the perimeter of the grocery store.

Check out the video segment above to learn more about each of these nutrition gray areas!

Michelle Cardel, PhD, RD is a nutrition scientist and registered dietitian at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora.

Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/michellecardel), Instagram (@dr.michellecardel), and Twitter @MichelleCardel for daily nutrition tips!

Michelle Cardel is also looking for study participants. She needs 19- to 25-year-old Hispanics who were born in the United States and have played Monopoly before. Participants will come in for two study visits. Contact Michelle for more details.

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