Healthy Eating is always a hot topic and also can be a very confusing one! Let me help you unravel some of the most common myths.
You would be forgiven for believing gluten is the enemy. With lifestyle bloggers swearing by the benefits of a ‘gluten free’ diet, and ‘gluten free’ recipes becoming main stream, ditching wheat is the new cool. But with Coeliac disease, or an intolerance to gluten, affecting only one in 70, it is perfectly fine for most people to consume wholegrains without any adverse affects to weight or health.
Swapping Dairy For Almond Milk
You would be hard-pressed to find a café without it, but ordering an almond milk latte is not as good for you as you might think. While almonds pack a punch of protein, almond milk does not. Research has shown that you would need to drink six glasses of almond milk to get the same amount of protein as simply eating half a cup of the raw nuts.
Packed with fruit and vegetables, a fresh juice might seem like the perfect way to start the day.
But reducing fresh produce down to liquid form removes the fibre – the ingredient that makes you feel full. Left in fibre’s place is sugar, which can lead to pangs of hunger, mood swings and an energy slump.
Taking A Lot Of Vitamin C For A Cold
As the days get colder, most people find themselves reaching for the Vitamin C to ward off any unwelcome winter sniffles. But as the old adage goes, there can be too much of a good thing. While a little Vitamin C can boost your immune system, too much can cause diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, heartburn or headaches. The recommended daily dose for an adult is 2,000 milligrams, so make sure you check the label.
Avoiding Egg Yolks
Ditching the yolks in favour on an egg white omelette is a ‘healthy’ hack used to keep your cholesterol under wraps. But while eggs do contain cholesterol, eating them won’t make your cholesterol levels sky-rocket. Plus by throwing out the yolk you are losing the powerhouse of the egg, all its amazing superfood nutrients! Healthy adults can eat seven eggs a week without increased risk of heart attack.
Eating Only Low Fat Foods
Low fat or fat free items line supermarket shelves, but constantly checking food labels for fat content will not help you beat the bulge. A low fat diet doesn’t help you lose weight or lower your risk of heart disease. When the filling fat content is removed, something has to be added. Normally it is a lot of extremely unhealthy processed sugar and additives! Eat healthy fats, such as avocados, but keep in moderation.
The Tip To Remember : Low fat products do not help you lose weight and don’t lower your risk of heart disease