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8 Daily Food Mistakes Even Healthy People Make

Best Health Logo By Rachel Grumman Bender of Best Health | Slide 1 of 8: There’s no question that extra virgin olive oil, nuts, and avocados are incredibly good for you. "They're packed with monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat that's good for your heart," says Keri Gans, RD, registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet. "But, for example, too many people think that the serving size of an avocado is the entire fruit when it's actually one-fifth of an avocado. They think they're making healthy choices, and they're eating way too much." It's also easy to go overboard with nuts: a single serving fits into a mere shot glass. "Mixed nuts is a much better snack than a candy bar, but there is a point where too many calories will cause you to gain fat," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, a registered dietitian and wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute. And the same goes for olive oil. "People put olive oil on their fish, their vegetables, and in their salad," says Gans. "One tablespoon of olive oil is 120 calories, and all of a sudden you're using way more than that." While all of these healthy foods should have a place on your plate, be mindful of portion sizes. (Learn what happens when you eat avocado every day.)

They OD on healthy fats

There’s no question that extra virgin olive oil, nuts, and avocados are incredibly good for you. "They're packed with monounsaturated fat, a healthy fat that's good for your heart," says Keri Gans, RD, registered dietitian and author of The Small Change Diet. "But, for example, too many people think that the serving size of an avocado is the entire fruit when it's actually one-fifth of an avocado. They think they're making healthy choices, and they're eating way too much." It's also easy to go overboard with nuts: a single serving fits into a mere shot glass. "Mixed nuts is a much better snack than a candy bar, but there is a point where too many calories will cause you to gain fat," says Kristin Kirkpatrick, RD, a registered dietitian and wellness manager at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute.

And the same goes for olive oil. "People put olive oil on their fish, their vegetables, and in their salad," says Gans. "One tablespoon of olive oil is 120 calories, and all of a sudden you're using way more than that." While all of these healthy foods should have a place on your plate, be mindful of portion sizes.

(Learn what happens when you eat avocado every day.)

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