Pervasive bad nutrition information is everywhere

You’ve probably heard one or all of these at some point (and heck, you may even believe it!):

  • Fat is bad for you.
  • Gluten is bad for you.
  • Milk is good for you. (It does a body good!)
  • Eggs are bad for you.
  • Orange juice is better for you than a soda.

How many of these have you heard? How many of these do you believe? What if I told you that each and every one of these statements is wrong? OK, I am telling you: each one of the statements above is false. But don’t believe me. Look it up.

Fat is bad for you. This is wrong because not all fat is bad for us. There are good fats to be found in:

  • Coconut, olive, and sesame oils
  • Avocados
  • Nuts (like almonds, pistachios and walnuts)
  • Fish (like salmon and sardines)

Unsaturated fats: Bad. Saturated fats: good. Here is how to tell the difference.

Gluten is bad for you. Unless you have Celiac disease, then gluten is not bad for you other than it is high in carbs. Carbs are the enemy, not gluten. According to WebMD, “Many people may just perceive that a gluten-free diet is healthier. In fact, it isn’t. For people with celiac disease, a gluten-free diet is essential. But for others, unless people are very careful, a gluten-free diet can lack vitamins, minerals, and fiber.”

Milk is good for you. Again, it is not. Just because a milk industry funded ad campaign said it was good for you doesn’t make it true. It just makes the ad campaign successful that you still believe it.

Eggs are bad for you. Another ad campaign lie. This ad campaign told us that eggs were bad for us and wanted us to buy egg substitutes. Eggs are actually the perfect food. The egg is called a perfect food for its health benefits and aiding in reducing your weight. Eggs are also complete in all amino acids (protein building blocks), which are found in the yolk. The fat in the egg yolk is in nearly perfect balance. These essential fats are very important in the regulation of cholesterol.

Orange juice is better for you than a soda. By volume, they contain the same amount of sugar (sometimes, OJ has even more sugar than a soda!). Just because it comes from a fruit doesn’t make it better. There are some orange juices that have less sugar than a soda, but juices overall are not a good choice to drink for anyone watching their weight, trying to lose weight, or at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.

Don’t believe every ad campaign you read, see, or hear. Do the research and find out for yourself. Oh, and don’t get me started on the food pyramid myth, or how we are supposed to eat a balanced diet from all the food groups. That’s been disproved time and time again.

 

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