Pick up a newspaper and at some point you’ll come across an article purporting that drinking red wine or eating red meat is bad for you. Another newspaper may have an article saying just the opposite. I have even come across contradictory message in the same newspaper! How on earth do we separate the myth from the truths when it comes to what’s good for us?
Let’s look at our top ten biggest myths so you can finally separate fact from fiction.
The More Fat You Eat, the More Fat You’ll Gain
Not all fat is created equally. As you will be aware, there are two types of fats:
Saturated fat – solid at room temperate and found in milk, cheese and meat. A healthy diet has less than 10% of daily calories from saturated fat.
Unsaturated fat (trans fats) – found in processed foods, potato chips, cookies, some margarine and salad dressings. You should eat as little of this type of fat as possible.
A diet high in healthy fats can help you live longer, fight off obesity and lower your chance for developing heart disease.
You can improve cell membrane function in your body by eating coconut oil, olive oil and avocados.
Women should eat 20 grams of saturated fat per day; men, 30 grams.
Eating too much saturated fat can increase cholesterol in your body, whereas if you eat too little you can increase your risk of becoming obese.
Exercise More to Lose More Weight
What if I told you I personally lost 4stone in weight without doing any exercise? You wouldn’t believe me right? Well I did just that simply by following a strict dietary regime. In my case I followed the Dukan Diet. It worked for me because I happen to like eating a lot of protein and don’t particularly enjoy bread, so cutting the carbs wasn’t such a big deal.
Moderate to high intensity exercise can allow you to lose up to 2 lbs. a week – when done correctly.
It is important to stretch properly before and after a workout so that you don’t cause damage to your muscles or joints.
Start with a warm-up like jogging or jumping jacks, and then do some active stretching for 5 to 10 minutes, where you take your body through the full range of motion. Finish your workout with slower static stretches to cool down.
I Passed My Yearly Physical so I’m Healthy
Sadly, in the U.S., 60% of heart attack victims never had any major health problems before suffering cardiac failure.
Each cell you have in your body is affected negatively by 10,000 radicals each second. Up to 100,000 cancer cells form in our body every day -- without a strong immune system, how do you defend yourself best?
Look to incorporate antioxidants into your diet and by running at high intensity intervals of 30 minutes three times a week, you can build up a stronger body to fight off disease.
Drinking at least two cups of green tea a day can help boost metabolism and improve your immune system.
Eating Little and Often Burns More Calories
Many dieticians advise people to eat little and often. Studies show however that although small, mini-meals help you stay fuller for longer, they don’t allow you to burn that many more calories during the day.
When you eat more meals, there is more temptation to overdo the portions and eat more than you need to.
If you prefer to eat three bigger meals per day, try a light healthy snack in between meals. But, make sure you limit each snack to 150 calories or less.
Table Sugar isn’t as Bad as High Fructose Corn Syrup
Women should restrict themselves to no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day; men, 9 teaspoons.
Sucrose vs. HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) – which is better?
HFCS and sucrose are the same if you look at their calorie and fat content. HFCS, however contain chemicals which make it much worse than sucrose.
HFCS contributes to obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and can form a powerful addiction to sugary and sweet products.
This doesn’t mean that sucrose is ok though, high levels of sucrose in your diet, just as with HFCS, may contribute to high cholesterol, constipation, bowel discomfort, fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes.
Microwaved Food is Poisoning Me
The microwaves that are used to cook your food are too weak to be detrimental to your food or your health.
There are risks with using a microwave however, and these pertain to the containers that you use in your microwave. Make sure you only use plastic containers that are microwave-safe. Using non-safe plastics can result in dangerous chemicals leaching into your food.
Raw Foods Are Better Than Cooked Foods
Raw vegetables hold all their nutrients while cooked vegetables do not. You can improve the quality of your food by buying organic, fresh produce from farmers’ markets or local suppliers.
Scientific studies show that a raw, vegan diet can lower your risk for colon cancer.
Cooked food depletes food from nutrients. Steaming in an exception however, and maintains most of the nutrients in food. Eat a balance of cooked and uncooked foods for good health.
Do you need the enzymes that are in raw vegetables, which make a raw food diet better for you? No, according to studies, your body continues to produce enzymes on its own.
Avoid Bananas if You Want a Flat Stomach
Bananas are actually a low-fat food so eating a banana a day isn’t going to make you fat. Bananas are also a rich source of potassium which your body needs, as well a being a great source of vitamins B6 and C and fiber to aid digestion.
You Crave Certain Foods Because of Nutrients
Do you crave a carrot or a hamburger? If you usually crave unhealthy food and chocolate then this is an emotional need you want to fulfill, not a physical, biological one.
Medicine Helps You to Stay Healthy
Many studies have been carried out on women and men who have foregone radiation or chemotherapy but have instead cured their own cancer simply with laughter, positive thinking and changes to their diet. Your health is in your own hands.
Doctors thrive on preaching to patients that medicine, surgery or intervention is what will heal you.
However, many of these drugs and treatments are very dangerous in themselves. In the case of chemotherapy, essentially the goal is to kill the cancer before the treatment kills you, it is that destructive to your body and your immune system.
Superfoods that are rich in antioxidants can fix many of the issues at its source, whereas pharmaceuticals often only act as a Band-Aid and treat the symptoms.
You know your body better than anyone. Free yourself from all the myths that surround the health industry and begin to develop your own healthy eating habits. You can prevent disease and live a more positive life simply by the lifestyle decisions that you make. Eat healthy, live healthy, stay healthy!