Myth: Eating at Night Causes Weight Gain\nFact: The answer is complex because it depends on your personal eating habits. In theory, as long as you don\u2019t exceed your daily caloric intake (no matter when you eat), you shouldn\u2019t gain weight. However, nighttime eating tends to be more complicated.\nMost people have found themselves getting the munchies after dinner or before bedtime, often from boredom or certain cravings. If this snacking is mindless, you may not be conscious of the calories you\u2019re ingesting. In addition, if you give into the mindless snacking, you may still feel full the next morning and not want breakfast, which can throw off your daily eating habits and cause weight gain.\nThere is nothing wrong with eating at night, as long as you\u2019re conscious and aware of what you\u2019re consuming. If you\u2019re usually hungry before you go to bed, reach for fruits and vegetables instead of junk foods. \u00a0When you choose foods with lower levels of sugar, you keep your blood sugar from spiking when you\u2019re trying to sleep.\nMyth: Kale is the Healthiest Green\nFact: The Center for Disease Control recently released a list of fruits and vegetables ranked by nutrient density, which refers to the number of daily nutrients packed into a vegetable calorie. Most would expect kale to top the list, but it ranked 15\u00a0after greens like watercress, chard, and spinach. So, is kale the super-food you believed?\nIs #kale the superfood you believe it to be? Find out which greens are healthiest for you! Click To Tweet\nAnswer: Yes, it is! Kale contains an abundance of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, calcium, and folate. Watercress may only have 4 calories per cup to kale\u2019s 33 calories per cup, but you would have to eat much more watercress to even come close to receiving the same amount of nutrients that you get from kale. Its nutrient-rich leaves contain vitamins known to lower cancer risk and cholesterol, so the calories are well-spent.\nBe sure to continue drinking your kale smoothies because it won\u2019t be leaving the superfood excellence list anytime soon.\nMyth: Multi-Grain Breads are Healthier Than White Breads\nFact: Multi-grain breads may sound healthy because you more than likely have been taught to look for \u201cmulti-grain\u201d labels, but multi-grain breads aren\u2019t as healthy as you may think. Food companies use various refined grains to create some multi-grain breads, filtering out key nutrients in the process, which is what happens during the manufacturing of white breads.\nThe term to look for when you are reading the labels is \u201cwhole wheat.\u201d Whole wheat contains the nutrient-rich bran and germ that reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. So unless the multi-grain brand is made with whole wheat, it is no better than white bread. Be sure to look for labels that read \u201c100 percent whole wheat\u201d to make sure you\u2019re buying the healthiest option.\nMyth: Diet Soda is Better Than Regular Soda\nFact: It\u2019s true that diet soda contains fewer calories than regular soda, and at first glance, diet soda seems like a good alternative if you\u2019re managing your weight and dental hygiene. However, there are many more hidden and harmful ingredients in diet soda than one may think.\nDiet soda\u2019s artificial sweetener, a supplement for sugar, wreaks havoc on your body and teeth. It makes your body crave more sugar (since what you\u2019re ingesting aren\u2019t real ingredients), so you actually end up consuming more calories. Studies have shown that there\u2019s a positive correlation between weight gain and diet soda. If that isn\u2019t bad enough, those who drink diet soda are also more likely to have a heart attack or stroke.\nGuess what? Regular soda isn\u2019t any better. If you consume regular soda regularly and over long periods of time, you have 20 percent more chance of having a heart attack and are also more likely to develop asthma, osteoporosis, and tooth cavities.\nIt\u2019s difficult to say whether diet or regular soda is better for your health. It\u2019s best to just avoid both.\nTo learn more about healthier options, visit UPMC\u2019s page on healthy food choices.