Good nutrition is crucial. Each day we stuff our faces with all kinds of food, some nutritious, and some not. Much of the time, our eating habits are the ones we inherited from our upbringing.
But this could pose a problem. Since we inherit our nutrition habits, there’s a chance that we don’t take the time to actually observe and determine whether or not they’re actually good for us. Think about it; how many of you stopped one day and thought “why do I eat this type of food?”
Most likely, not many of you. This is pretty common, though. Most people simply inherit their habits from their upbringing, only changing when it’s a necessity (e.g. health issues that arise). That’s kind of the way being raised works, after all.
But what your parents raised you to do isn’t always right. By the time you grow up, some of the knowledge they’ve passed on to you could be outdated or even be proven wrong. That’s why it’s important that you reassess your eating habits. Think of some of the things they might’ve taught you, for instance:
– Eating fat, in turn, makes you fat
– Butter will clog your arteries
– The cholesterol in eggs is bad for your heart
Any of these sound familiar? Probably. But here’s the question – are those facts true? Or are they the result of outdated or flat out wrong information? That’s what we’re here to find out. For some reason the nutrition industry is still working off of these false facts, which hurts you – the consumer. It’s up to you to learn better, which is what you’ll get from reading this article.
So let’s go over these myths of bad nutrition, so you finally start enjoying some of these great products guilt free.
Cholesterol In Egg Yolks Will Clog Your Arteries
Eggs have been getting a bad rap for awhile now, which sucks considering how amazing they actually are for you.
It’s believed that the cholesterol in eggs will clog the heart’s arteries, contributing to heart disease or even leading to heart attack. Naturally, people are afraid of such an outcome, making it easy for this myth of nutrition to be perpetuated. Even some nutritionists and dietitians still believe this myth, and it’s because they’re working off of older nutrition research.
A meta-analysis (comparison of multiple studies) over at BMJ.com compared over 17 reports to find the relationship – if any – between egg consumption and coronary heart disease and stroke. The results: no association found.
(Except among diabetics, it says more research is need for them).
What does this mean for the majority of us? Most research suggests that you can eat three eggs per day with no issues (although nothing suggests there’s a problem with eating more than that), so feel free to eat eggs without worrying about your heart.
Saturated Fat In Red Meat And Butter Clogs Your Heart
This is a pretty common myth, at least in America. People here believe that – like the cholesterol in egg yolks – saturated fat will lead to heart disease. And like with eggs, the common knowledge is way off base.
Here’s the thing – saturated fat DOES affect cholesterol… but not the way you think. Saturated fat actually increases the HDL cholesterol (aka the “good” cholesterol), which is great. This means it does the opposite of what people think, and turns out to be very healthy.
A meta-analysis over at the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” website compared of 21 different studies found NO significant evidence linking saturated fat and heart disease. Zero. Zip.
What does this mean for us? We can eat our beloved red meat, butter, and any other things with saturated fat in it without worrying about having a premature heart attack. Trans fats are a different story.
Vegetable Oil Is Heart Healthy
Common knowledge says that vegetable oil (e.g. canola, safflower, corn) is good for you because there’s no saturated it fat in it. But as you already know, saturated fat is NOT bad for you. In fact, it’s the opposite of that.
What’s odd is that it turns out that vegetable oil might actually be bad for you. Why? A big problem is the amount of omega-6 oils contained within vegetable oil. Why’s that bad? Because excess omega-6 can increase bodily inflammation.
In general, inflammation increases the chances of various diseases (e.g. cancer, atherosclerosis), which means it has the opposite effect it claims to do, which is avoiding heart disease by not having saturated fat.
And most of you have probably heard how bad trans fats are for you, these are man-made forms of unsaturated fat, and are common in vegetable oils. These types of fat are linked to an increased chance of heart disease, making vegetable oil two for one when it comes to increasing heart problems.
So what’s the verdict? Avoid vegetable oils and stick with olive oil and butter when you can.
Whole Wheat Bread Is Healthy
Lots of people believe that darker, whole wheat bread is good for you. But the truth is that there are problems with eating it.
One of these problems is that whole wheat contains something called phytic acid. What’s the problem with it? It can “steal” nutrients by binding to them, preventing absorption. The main nutrients it does this to are copper, zinc, calcium, iron, and magnesium.
Bread in general isn’t exactly the most nutrient-filled food, but on top of this it steals other important nutrients from you. This makes whole wheat bread something that you might want to avoid.
What’s a solution to this? If you don’t want to ditch bread altogether, then try out ezekiel bread. Of all the breads, it’s arguably the most healthy as it’s lower in phytic acids (nutrient stealers) and contains zero added sugar. You can find it in the frozen foods section.
Eating “Fat” Will Make You Fat
One of the worst, most perpetuated myths is the idea that eating fat (from meats in particular) will, in turn, put fat on your body.
Here’s the thing – it’s “half” true. How so? Fat is a high-calorie source of nutrition. It has twice as many calories per gram compared to either protein or carbs, so there’s potential for gorging on high fat foods and gaining weight from it.
But here’s the thing – the fat’s not to blame – an excess of calories is. If you eat more food than your body can utilize, the extra is stored as fat. It’s as simple as that.
The most likely reason believe that eating fat will make you fat is because of the word “fat” itself. The thought process is kind of like this:
– The soft stuff on my body is called “fat”
– That food has something called “fat” in it
– I don’t want to be fat or get any fatter
– Conclusion – if I eat that fat, it will make me fatter
It doesn’t seem so illogical, right? Well that’s the problem. It kind of makes sense when thought of like that. The only way to beat this is by consciously acknowledging the fact that eating fat in and of itself will not make you fatter; eating an excess of calories will (in general at least).