The BBC just posted an article today stating the average Western diet is cutting one in 5 lives short every day which dovetails right in to this newsletter
Don't always believe what you hear- especially when it comes to your health. Here are some nutrition myths we were taught to follow, and according to the experts, we shouldn't have listened to.
Sugar Causes Diabetes
So far, a diet high in calories, being overweight, and an inactive lifestyle are the main risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.
All Fats are bad
The key is to replace bad fats (saturated fats and trans fats) with good fats (monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats) in our diet.
Brown Sugar is better than White Sugar
Unless you eat a gigantic portion of brown sugar every day – the mineral content difference between brown sugar and white sugar is insignificant.
Brown Eggs are more nutritious than White Eggs
Eggshell color can vary, but it has nothing to do with the quality, flavor, nutritive value, cooking characteristics or shell thickness of an egg. The eggshell color only depends upon the breed of the hen.
Avoid seafood to lower blood cholesterol
Saturated fats usually found in meat products and packaged foods, and trans fatty acids, are the most critical factors that raise blood cholesterol, not dietary cholesterol.
Avoid carbohydrate to lose weight
Many low-carb diets do not provide sufficient carbohydrates to your body for daily maintenance. It doesn’t matter if you eat a high or low-carb diet, you will lose weight if you decrease your caloric intake to less than that is needed to maintain your weight.
Avoid nuts as they are fattening
In moderation, nuts can be a part of a healthy diet. Nuts are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (good fats) as well as plant sterols which have all been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.
Skipping meals can help lose weight
Often, jumping a meal increases total caloric intake than if we just ate more frequently throughout the day. A better approach is to eat smaller frequent healthy meals and snacks to keep our blood sugar balanced.
So now you know the real truth, and when these come up in conversation again, you can educate your friends and family.
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