In the quest to regain or maintain optimal health, eating right, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting adequate exercise and rest is the key. We are bombarded with conflicting information about food. What is good for you? What is bad for you? I cover briefly 6 key myths that you just must learn and get right.
- Fat is bad for you. NO! Note that 30% of calories should come from fat, you need fat to make hormones and to burn fat. Pick healthy fats, fish, nuts, avocados, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil. It is the balance of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fats that is wrong in the US diet. We need much more Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Organic, packaged foods are fine and sugar is fine. NO! While better than non-organic, processed foods and sugar are still not good for you.
- Artificial sweeteners are OK. Wrong They will make you gain weight and crave sweets. Aspartame is carcinogenic and a poison to absolutely avoid.
- All fast food is bad. Yes but.. Frozen fruits, vegetables, and fish or lean cuts of meat that you prepare beats pizza, burgers, and other fast foods every time!
- Tap water is safe to drink. NO! While there is great variability city to city, most municipal water systems do not remove pesticides, herbicides, and medications. Choose water that has been charcoal filtered and better yet from a system of reverse osmosis with charcoal filtration. Water that sits in plastic bottles, especially in the heat will contain BPA and other toxic plastics that disrupt hormones (endocrine disrupters).
- Gluten free food is best. Depends In the quest to be gluten free, if you are buying packaged processed alternatives rather than eating whole food, you may be creating more inflammation and doing more harm. Obviously those with celiac or severe gluten sensitivity should avoid gluten completely.
- GMO foods are safe. NO! Why would scientists and countries around the world ban GMO foods? There are few long term studies and plenty of research suggesting danger, some directly from eating GMO foods and indirectly from the increased pesticide and herbicide use that results from the use of GMO seeds.
Due to the huge amount of industry backed junk science out there, you can find articles to support any point of view on each of these key myths. Do a gut check and use a bit of common sense. What would grandma or great grandma have said? Does someone stand to profit by perpetuating the myth?
To your health. Learn, apply what you learn, then teach it and share.