Top Nutrition Misconceptions
Almost everyday I get asked the same nutritional questions from my clients, so I figured I’d clear up a few common misconceptions. Here’s my Top 4:
MYTH: Eggs Are Unhealthy, Cause High Cholesterol and You should Use Egg Whites Instead
I don’t understand why incredibly healthy foods get demonized so often?? In fact, why are we still having this conversation, even after the entire medical community has proven that the Fat-Free craze was wrong and caused an increase in obesity rates.
Recently it has been proven that the cholesterol in the diet doesn’t really raise the cholesterol in blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol and are NOT associated with increased risk of heart disease. Eggs are the biggest bang for your buck and are high in all sorts of nutrients along with unique antioxidants.
MYTH: Low Fat Foods are Good For You..and High Fat Foods will make You Fat..
It makes sense to think this right? Yet it doesn’t…There’s good fats and bad fats.
Our bodies need fats…in fact, the energy your body uses to sustain life, requires FAT, as Fats convert to energy just like Carbs. The last thing you want to do is completely switch to fat free foods as we’ve seen above.
MYTH: Whole Grains Are Good for You
There’s so much BS around the Whole Grain craze…..every single grain product in the supermarket has a HUGE 100% whole grain logo on it, yet most folks don’t realize that it’s not real whole grain or the same quality as they once were… but instead a processed, stripped and refined version of what it once was.
Grains actually have less nutritional value than some other fruits and veggies and they can cause major GUT issue for many people.
My suggestion: go for minimally processed, highest quality possible in it’s natural form when buying grains (i.e. brown rice, amaranth, quinoa, bulgur etc)
MYTH: Natural derived Sugars, sodium, cholesterol in everything we eat, But It’s NOT CREATED Equal!!
As for Sodium….Minerals matter so stick to Himilayan salt instead of table salt because it has over 80 minerals, where table salt is stripped of 70+ of those minerals that our bodies need. Also, less is more, and you will find that this switch will also have you using less sodium because the taste is so much stronger.
As for Sugar…find it in the most natural form (raw honey, manuka honey, coconut sugar, etc). So, If you are eating whole, fresh foods, in their correct portions you won’t need to worry about this. Processed foods have HIGH sodium, sugars, fats, etc. without the NUTRIENTS your body needs.
And by avoiding processed foods and refined salts, sugars, fats and grains we can all hopefully be a lot healthier.
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