5 Myths About Healthy Eating

Healthy eating is a popular word thrown around loosely in our culture, without much thoughts to what healthy eating really is!

Too many rules and exceptions to the what Healthy eating is, can be hard to know exactly what is the best healthy practice for you.

The first thing to know about healthy eating is what the myths are how to make sense of the myth, along with how to adjust to the truth.

1. Losing Weight equals Always Counting Calories

Foods affect our bodies in different ways and go through different metabolic pathways. Foods we eat could directly affect our hormones that regulate when and how much we eat.

The types of foods we base our diet around are just as important as the amount of calories we are eating.

Saying that weight gain is caused by excess calories is true, but meaningless. It tells you nothing about the actual cause.

Different foods go through different metabolic pathways. Some foods could cause hormone changes that encourage weight gain, while other foods can increase satiety and boost the metabolic rate.

Your body needs calories to function, along with carbohydrates, healthy fats, and lean protein.

When you deprive your body of these necessary nutrients, you could end up making mistakes on how to eat healthy.

Saying that weight gain is caused by excess calories is true, but meaningless. It tells you nothing about the actual cause.

2. Eating More Small Meals is Better than Eating Fewer Big Meals

Eating more meals throughout the day, regardless of how big or small they are for the moment, could cause you to be constantly eating. And the food you eat may not be all that healthy for your body to intake.

Even if you are trying to be health-conscious about what you put into your body, you can still be consuming more calories than you realize.

Your body could adjust to this constant intake of food, which could make meals unsatisfying and create your body to crave more calories.

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3. You Can’t Go Wrong with Salad

We are often told “Salad” is a no-fail healthy food option.

Well, before you go to your favorite fast food joint and choose a salad from that fast-food menu over a burger, consider that a typical fast food joint salad like a Apple Pecan Chicken Salad on average comes in at 580 calories, 27 grams of fat and 1,590 grams of sodium, while a Jr. Hamburger and small french fries combo packs 560 calories, 23 grams of fat and 760 grams of sodium.

With that information in mind do you still think a fast food salad is a healthy choice?

Make healthier choices where possible with salad. For example, you can opt for grilled chicken over breaded, skip those high-fat creamy dressings and eliminate the toppings such as croutons for reduced calorie savings.

Or even better you can pick up the salad ingredients from your favorite farmers market or food co-op and make your own salad at home.

4. Fatty Foods are Unhealthy

When you think of fatty foods, you probably think of fast food like meats with loads of grease and fat still hanging off it.

Did you realize that there is such a thing as good fats? Healthy fats, are good for you. These fats can come from: Avocados, Nuts, Flaxseed, Salmon, and Olive Oil, to name a few.

Depriving your body of necessary nutrients could do harm to you. So look into adding healthy fat foods to your diet.

Word of caution is to make the transition gradual, and  eat everything in moderation, including healthy fats.

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5. Frozen Produce isn’t as Healthy as Fresh Produce

You might of been told several times by trusted friends and family that choosing fresh fruits and veggies from your local market is the only way to buy fresh and healthy fruit.

However, did you know the foods you find in the produce section have often had a long journey from the moment they were packed in crates.

From the time it’s picked to the time it finally lands on your kitchen counter, your produce has actually lost some of its nutrients.

Many food processors flash-freeze their fresh-picked produce, which amazingly preserves much of its vitamin and mineral content.

For example, frozen beans retained twice as much vitamin C as fresh beans purchased in your favorite farmers market or favorite food co-op.

Dispelling myths and finding truths are keys to assisting your body in proper health.

Thank you for reading!

Neil Saint Angeland