5 Common Healthy Eating Myths Exposed

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
How many times have you heard that adage? Too many to count.

Eating healthy is one of the most important ways to care for your body. We all want to live life to the fullest, but many of us don’t treat our bodies with the attention and respect we need to accomplish our life goals.
This is often because we’re not taught proper nutrition habits or are misled by some of these monstrous myths.

MYTH 1: High Fructose Corn Syrup is Worse than Sugar
We’ve all seen those commercials by cereal and juice companies bragging that their products contain no high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), creating the Illusion that HFCS is worse for you
than table sugar.
TRUTH
HFCS isn’t much different from table sugar, or sucrose. Each contains a percent ratio of fructose to glucose, with HFCS being 55:45 and sucrose 50:50.

They are equally bad for you. HFCS and sucrose both cause a spike in your blood sugar level, which spikes your insulin and puts your body in fat storage mode.

Don’t fall for the advertisements that claim products are “Made With Real Sugar.” These ads are designed to make you believe that these products are somehow better for you, when in fact, they’re not.

Next time you go grocery shopping, check nutrition labels and try to stick only items with seven grams of sugar or less in your cart. If you have youngsters with you, make it a game. See who can find the box of cereal with the least amount of sugar.

*Stay away from artificial sweeteners.

MYTH 2: Carbs Make You Fat
Low carb diets are the best way to lose weight.
TRUTH
Your body needs carbs to survive. Just like anything else in life, there are good carbohydrates and there are bad carbohydrates. Bad carbohydrates contribute to all sorts of health problems later in life. Here’s an example of just a few foods that contain bad carbs:

  • White bread
  • White rice
  • Alcohol

Some foods with good carbs include:

  • Brown rice
  • Whole oats
  • Whole wheat bread

You may lose weight quicker initially with a low-carb diet, but these diets are much more difficult to keep and many people often wind up gaining that weight back.

MYTH 3: Whole Grain Cereals are Always Good for You
All whole grain products are healthy.
TRUTH
Whole grain foods are healthy…as long as they’re not loaded with added sugars and fats. For example, Lucky Charms are advertised “With Whole Grain First Ingredient” That doesn’t make it health food. What they’re not telling you is that the second ingredient is sugar. And, unfortunately, many whole grain cereals contain GMOs, which are far from healthy for you. They can cause all sorts of reactions and health issues in consumers.

MYTH 4: Salads are Boring
Salad is nothing more than rabbit food.
TRUTH
Salad is more than just lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and cucumbers.
There are tons of different types of lettuce and a variety of different salad options that are excellent for your body. Adding fruit like mandarin oranges and/or chopped apples into your bowl of spinach and spring greens can give you a little boost, and check out recipes for homemade salad dressings to spruce up your greens.

Eating salad regularly can help clear your skin, just like drinking the right amount of water each day.

MYTH 5: Eating at Night is Bad for You 
Eating late at night will make you gain weight.
TRUTH
It’s all about what you’re eating. Anything with high sugar content and/or calories is never good to have late at night. And sometimes, our bodies are really craving water—not food. When you get hungry at night, aim for slow digesting protein and foods with less than seven grams of sugar. Instead of reaching for the chips and dip, try a whole wheat English muffin with a bit of peanut butter and a glass of water.

So, how many of these myths have you fallen for? Be sure to keep an eye on those nutrition labels, and don’t forget to pick up some ingredients to whip up a salad tonight!

5 Common Healthy Eating Myths Exposed

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