25 May 2016

Fact Or Fiction? The Healthy Myth v The Unhealthy Myth

Fact Or Fiction, vickiarcher.com


Fact or Fiction? Truth or Myth?


With the vast amount of conflicting health headlines, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that many of us are left slightly confused.

It’s time to separate science from hearsay.



Fact Or Fiction? The Truth Behind The Health Myth.

Myth 1 Weight loss is about cutting calories.

 

All calories are not created equally. Calories from sugar and refined carbohydrates are likely to be stored as fat, where as calories from healthy fats, protein and vegetables are likely to help shed fat.

 

Skip calorie counting and shed the weight by eating whole, unprocessed foods.

 

 

 

Myth 2 Egg yolks raise cholesterol.

 

Egg yolks do contain dietary cholesterol, but the latest research shows that consumption of dietary cholesterol has no correlation to blood cholesterol.

 

Surprisingly, it is the yolk where all the nutrients are found.

 

 

 

Myth 3 Gluten free is healthier.

 

Many supermarket gluten-free options can be packed full of extra sugar, salt, trans-fats, colourings, flavourings and other unknown ingredients to make it taste good. This can outweigh the benefits of choosing gluten free.

 

Go for the real deal or opt for whole foods, which are naturally gluten free.

 

 

 

Myth 4 Eating fat makes you fat.

 

Unfortunately we’ve been fed the wrong information over the last 30 years. Numerous studies have now shown that a higher healthy fat and lower carbohydrate diet is the most effective for weight loss.

 

Add avocado, nuts, seeds, oily fish and cold-pressed oils to your plate.

 

 

 

Myth 5 Healthy food is more expensive

 

With a little planning eating healthy can actually cost less. Farmers markets can be cheaper and you can find fresh, locally sourced produce.

 

You can save by cooking from scratch and bringing nourishing lunches to work.

 

 

 

Myth 6 Eat regular snacks to keep metabolism high and blood sugar levels stable

 

Put simply, if we’re snacking we’re eating more than we need to be. If you eat the right things at mealtimes your blood sugar levels will remain steady for several hours after eating.

 

Our bodies are not designed for grazing and a constant bombardment of food… even healthy food! More importantly each time we snack we release the fat storage insulin, which isn’t conducive to weight loss.



Untangling Fact From Fiction, The Healthy Myth v The Unhealthy Myth, Lily Soutter

Lily Soutter is a Nutritionist & Nutritional Therapist

Learn more about Lily @ lilysoutternutrition.com



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6 Comments

Mimi Gregor

I’ve read many books on this very subject, and I think Michael Pollan says it best and most succinctly:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.

(I might add, that by food, he means real food — stuff your grandma would have recognized as food — NOT processed crap.)

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Candice

My husband defied all these myths and so do I and my children.
We ( my family) do not eat red meat. I have not eaten red meat in over 40 years. I have the heart/lungs/system/of a young healthy person. I am not overweight or underweight and I suffer none of the typical weight related issues so many people have.
I do not ever tell people they should not eat this or that … that is not my business.
But I do tell people that my diet is extremely healthy and I benefit from that.

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Fran

Very good points, Vicki, I think we have to take everything we read and hear with a grain of salt – especially when a new diet fad makes an appearance. This Gluten free everything is out of control these days and consuming so many starches from gluten free baked goods, for example, is not a very good idea. Our ancestors had it right! If you can grow it, catch it, pick it….that is the best way to eat. Their food didn’t come out of a box, bag or a tin and they were much healthier for it.

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Taste of France

Gluten is a kind of protein that comes from wheat (and a few other grains). So gluten-free usually means no wheat flour in foods you’re used to seeing with it. That matters if you’re allergic to gluten, the way dairy-free matters if you’re allergic to milk. But gluten, like milk, is healthy.

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Valerie

Please read the book No Grain, No Pain by Dr. Peter Osborne. In it he explains just how damaging grains are to the human body and how consumption of them can be the aource of many ailments suffered today. I’ve been grain-free for over three years and am healthier than I ever have been. The book is a real eye-opener!

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Anita Rivera

Excellent advice, and all SO common sense. It’s kept me at the same weight I was in high school to this day. Eating whole, healthy, unprocessed foods is the way to go!

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