10 Nutrition Myths Uncovered

5 years ago
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As you can well imagine, there is so much that changes with nutrition and all that goes with that topic. You may hear that meat is bad for you or milk is bad for you or even grains! But, variety is truly the spice of life. I found the following 10 nutrition myths to be eye-opening. What do you think?
Below is an overview of the 10 nutrition myths...

1) Cutting fat from a meal is healthier -- but, what about avocados? Depriving the body of fat soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K only causes more distress to the heart for example since these vitamins (others too) are essential for a healthy heart.

2) All Low-Fat foods are Healthy -- but, what about low fat processed foods? Processed foods just aren't good since they don't contain the vital nutrients that the body needs. Having foods that contain your omega 3s like almonds, peanuts and avocados are good for the pitter-patter of your heart.

3) Milk is the Key for strong bones -- Milk contains vitamin K which is used by the body to help calcium bind to bone matter, this in turn delays deterioration. Another thing this vitamin does is block calcium so that it doesn't accumulate in the arteries, where it can contribute to heart disease. You can get plenty of vitamin K from dark leafy greens.

4) Lower Sodium Intake is Key to Treating High Blood Pressure -- by carefully choosing foods and avoiding processed low-salt foods, you cut back on the chance of sacrificing potassium, which is key to controlling blood pressure. (Potassium-rich foods include white beans, dark leafy greens, baked potatoes (without all the butter and sourcream), dried apricots, yogurt, fish like salmon, avocados, mushrooms and bananas.)

5)  Staying Away from Salty Foods is the Key to Cutting Sodium Intake -- Not necessarily, as this article mentions, many times processed foods have salt added during the cooking process so you may not even taste it all that much. Reading labels helps...

6) Protein is the only essential post workout fuel -- It's important to have complex carbs with protein since carbs help with restoring glycogen (which enables the storage of energy in resting muscles and liver) so having a combo of protein & a carb is a great choice.

7) Meat is essential to getting sufficient dietary protein -- This is a big myth. It was once believed that meat should accompany any meal to make it well-rounded, but not the case. By including foods such as nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains and veggies you have a protein powerhouse of good stuff.

8) Margarine is Healthier than Butter -- It was once believed that this was the case, but not true. Registered Dietician, Andy Bellatti states that, "A lot of margarine uses soybean oil, corn oil, or even cotton oil which are some of the worst fats because they're inflammatory and have a high omega-6 to omega-3 ratio." There should be balance with the omegas since inflammation in any scenario is not good -- it leads to a variety of chronic diseases.

9)  All Soy is Created Equal -- Fermented soy is good soy. Bellati recommends avoiding soy isolates, as well as soy-based meat substitutes, protein bars, and cereals.

10) Fruit Juice is Comparable to Whole Fruit -- In case you didn't know, many juices can contain a load of sugar and a lot of the nutrients and fiber are left out in the processing of the fruit. But, the juicing of fruit and vegetable juice is pretty good. You may not get the entire fiber content from a cucumber, celery or kale; but, juicing it is certainly better than getting the juice form from a package at a store, plus you get a really good amount of nutrients.

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