Let me just say that the world of health and wellness is constantly changing and we are always being bombarded with the latest health trend and new health study. Which basically means you have to be a detective or use your common sense to decide which pieces of nutritional advice (you see in the media) you should follow. I mostly listen to my body and it tells me which foods are right for me. Not everyone is in tune with what their bodes needs, so I am debunking 5 nutritional health myths.
- Throw away the egg yolks. This just doesn’t make sense to me…. I have never just eating the egg whites, I don’t think they taste very good! If an egg is healthy then shouldn’t we be eating the whole thing? Eggs are a great source of protein as well as being a nutritional powerhouse. They have gotten a bad rap because of their cholesterol, but new studies are proving that eating the whole egg does not in fact raise our cholesterol levels. Eggs are full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are also high in Choline as well as Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are powerful antioxidants that are highly protective for the eyes, lowering the risk of various eye diseases.
- All calories are created equal. This just doesn’t make sense to me! Does it seem reasonable to believe that the 95 calories in an apple are equal to a 100 calorie min size chocolate bar!? No it does not. Calorie counting just doesn’t make sense to me. Many studies show that different foods have different levels of making you feel full. You need much fewer calories to feel full from eggs or boiled potatoes, compared to donuts or ice cream.
- Use polyunsaturated vegetable oils for cooking. These oils, including soybean, corn, canola and cottonseed oils have been shown in some studies to lower cholesterol levels. However that doesn’t mean that they are the best option. These oils can increase the risk of heart disease, they are also loaded with polyunsaturated fats, but the bad kind like Omega-6s. Studies show that eating a diet high in Omega-6s, can contribute to inflammation in the body which is one of the key drivers of almost every chronic disease! Cooking with these oils is not a good idea because polyunsaturated fats are sensitive to heat and damage very easily. A good oil to use for cooking is coconut oil! 😉
- eat a low-fat high carb diet. People are definitely confused when it come to low-carb, high carb, low-fat and sugar free. The whole low fat craze was originally based on a few poorly conducted observational studies, animal experiments and misguided political decisions. When manufacturers took the the fat out of their food products they replaces it with sugar! This was a terrible idea and the reason the low-fat diet doesn’t really work. I don’t believe carbs are the enemy either but most people consume way to many processed carbs in a day. Carbs from fruit are not the problem its all the baked goods that are nutritionally void. As for fat, our body needs some fat, good fat sources are avocados, eggs and coconut oil. Bad fats come from too much animal protein, fast food and processed oils. If you are going to consume dairy the new trend is to consume full fat, in small quantities. If you can get your hands on raw dairy that’s even better. 😉
- Replacing butter with margarine. Margarine is not natural at all, just look at the ingredient list! My mother always taught me that real butter is best, in moderation. Margarine, not surprisingly, increases heart disease risk compared to butter. When we replace traditional foods like butter and meat with processed pseudo-foods, we become fat and sick. So if you are going to enjoy your bread with butter, just use the real stuff! 😉
I know it seems hard to navigate the most recent health related media buzz, but use your common sense and eat REAL FOOD. 😉