'Caffeine Buzz': Real, or Myth?

"If you want, eat a little square of dark chocolate a day," said Gans.

Fruit Juices Are Worse Than Soda

Many of us have heard that fruit juices have more calories than an equal amount of soda.

That's true, according to nutritionists.

"Apple juice has 14 calories per ounce. Soda has 11 calories per ounce," said Ansel.

But unlike soda, pure fruit juices have lots of other nutrients.



"Juice naturally provides folate, potassium and vitamin C. It's a very nutrient-rich food," said Skolnik. "An 8-ounce serving is going to provide almost 50 percent of your vitamin C for the day," she added.

While they say there's really no comparison between the benefits you can get from juice versus the complete lack of nutrients you get from soda, fruit juice does have its nutritional drawbacks.

"The calories can start to add up," said Gans.

"If you want nutrients, whole fruit is way better than juice. The sugar in juice enters your body very quickly," said Ansel.

Still, there's no reason you can't enjoy a glass of orange juice with your breakfast.

"Be mindful of portion size. You don't need to have 24 ounces of juice. Six to eight ounces Is a great way to get in your nutrients," said Skolnik.

Others suggested a novel way to satisfy your fruit juice craving throughout the day.

"If you want a sweet, fruit drink, add sparkling water," Ansel suggested.

Warm Milk Makes You Sleepy

The nutrition experts we talked to say this age-old suggestion is indeed a myth. If you're tossing and turning and looking for something to help you fall asleep, milk won't help you.

"This rumor came about because milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that helps make serotonin, which is a natural sleep aid," said Ansel.

"But the little bit of tryptophan in milk isn't really going to do it," said Gans.



She added that it could be that another property of warm milk that helps make you sleepy.

"What people experience could be the soothing effect. Once you're soothed, you can sleep better."

"There is no real data to support its effectiveness as a sleep aid, but it's still the most popular placebo out there," said Nelson.

Instead of milk, try something like oatmeal or graham crackers.

"You want something low in protein and high in complex carbohydrates," Ansel said.

Carbohydrates Are Your Enemy

Even though the Atkins Diet craze has died down, people still consider carbohydrates to be bad for your health and even worse for your diet.

According to nutrition experts, that's a total myth.

"There is no evidence that a carb calorie is more fattening than a protein or fat calorie," said Nelson.



"Carbs do not make a person fat. Eating more calories than what you need is what causes a person to gain weight," said Gans.

In fact, our bodies need carbohydrates. Nutritionist Stacey Nelson recommended 45 to 65 percent of your total caloric intake be carbohydrates.

"Carbs are the most efficient fuel source for the body. It's where we get our energy from," she said.

The key is to eat the right kind and the right amount of carbohydrates.

"Great carbs are those that are high in fiber -- the whole grains," said Gans.

Carbohydrates that are high in fiber help you stay full longer because they take longer to digest. They also take longer to chew, which also makes you full faster.

If you can't bring yourself to eat whole grain bread or whole grain pasta all the time, you should at least try to incorporate them into your diet some of the time.

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