Fast Food Myths
Food Myths Debunked
Did you know that your eating habits were established well before you had any control over what you put in your mouth? So some bad habits may have been picked up at an early stage in life, and you may have had no reason to know your diet was wrong. Lets see if we can get those food myths debunked. By doing this and changing the way that you eat, it can lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle, and a longer life too. Always good that last one! But with all the dietary information available out there, it can be difficult to determine which changes will have the greatest benefits.
Here are 5 myths about foods that won’t actually contribute to your health:
- Low-Fat Foods
Just because the label says that it is low-fat doesn’t necessarily mean that it is healthier for you. These foods are often processed, contain higher levels of sodium (salt) or artificial flavors and colorants to enhance the taste and make the food look more appealing. This makes the food far less healthy than eating the same food with the natural fats included.
Most foods that are sugar free have some type of artificial sweetener or additive to make it sweeter. These additives are far less healthy for you than natural sugars. Rather look for foods that contain natural sweeteners such as fructose (sugar extracted from fruit) or fruit juice. These are simple sugars that are easier for your body to breakdown and use as energy than complex carbohydrates.
- Low Sodium
Salt is one of the greatest contributing factors to high blood pressure (hypertension) and cardiovascular (heart) disease. Simply eliminating salt from your diet can go a long way to preventing these health conditions. However, it is the hidden sodium contained in processed and other types of foods that are the problem. Read the label on every food before you buy to determine the actual sodium content. Be aware that even some sugary and sweet treats may contain some salt.
- The Margarine Vs. Butter Debate
In the 70’s we were told that margarine was healthier than butter because of the large amount of fat contained in butter. More recent studies showed that margarine isn’t that healthy either and that butter may be the healthier alternative.
The difference is that margarine is made from vegetable oil whereas butter is made from milk (animal fat). Margarine is beneficial only if it is not processed, does not contain high levels of sodium and is not made from corn, cotton or soybean oil. Canola oil margarine is a better option. Low fat butter that isn’t loaded with salt or processed is also a better option than ordinary butter.
- Fruit Juice
Opting to drink fruit juice instead of sodas, sugary or artificial beverages is not necessarily healthy for you. You may think that you are loading up on vitamins, minerals and other nutrients but the truth is that shelf bought juices simply don’t have the same nutritional value as whole fruit or freshly squeezed juices.
On top of this, fruit juices contain high levels of natural sugar and may even have added sugar. You are also foregoing the fiber contained in the whole fruit when opting for a fruit juice. Water is the best thirst quencher and fruit should rather be eaten whole.