By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click here to find me on Facebook
There is always some new report coming out about what is good and bad for you in terms of your nutrition. If you are one of the many people who are trying to establish better eating habits, you want to be informed. You want to make the best decisions about what you are putting in your mouth. Unfortunately, there are plenty of marketing schemes, bogus health and nutrition sites and false statistics floating around out there to muddy the waters.
I PROMISE that I am not here to be another one of those schemers!
I want you to know the truth so you can work toward getting the best results possible! Check out 3 nutrition myths that you may have been lead to believe are true. Take a look!
1. If the package says “100 Calories” it’s probably healthy.
WRONG! This is definitely is not always the case. This is a common myth held by people when they are trying to take their first step to eating healthier. Unfortunately, 100 calorie snacks are all over the market these days. It’s a common snack purchase made by dieters because they think that since the calorie count is lower, they don’t need to bother reading anything else about the snack. That’s where the mistake is made. These calories all have to derive from something, right? As in, something has to be making up those 100 calories. So, is it fat? Sugar? Protein?
Here is an example of what I am trying to explain:
*1 gram of sugar = 4 calories.*
If you have a 100 calorie snack pack of brownies and the nutrition label on the back of the pack says it has 15g of sugar in it, that means that one little bitty pack of brownies is made from 60 calories that are just pure sugar. So, basically, you may as well be snacking on a candy bar.
If this teaches us anything, it’s that if a snack sounds too good to be true, do some research on the nutrition label and its ingredients because it probably is.
2. Diet sodas are healthier than regular sodas
This all depends on what the definition of “healthy” means to you. If healthy to you means weight gain, migraines and potential for diabetes then sure! Diet soda is the way to go!
Or, if you are a more logical thinker (which I hope you are) healthy to you does not include any of those 3 things.
Because diet soda contains artificial sweeteners, the insulin in your body becomes triggered, thus sending your body into what is called “fat storage mode.” This is what causes weight gain. Isn’t that exactly the opposite of what you are trying to accomplish when it comes to losing weight? You don’t want your body storing fat, you want it to be getting rid of it!
3. Whole wheat and whole grain breads are the healthiest
While choosing whole grain and whole wheat breads over white bread is a better decision, do some investigating before making your decision. Unfortunately, many whole grain/whole wheat breads on the market today are actually just misrepresented white breads.
From adding caramel coloring to make the bread appear darker to adding just a tiny bit of grain to the bread to pass the FDA, the food industry is good at fooling the public. Next time you’re out and about shopping for your next loaf of bread, read all the information on the nutrition label. Look to see if you can pronounce all the ingredients in the ingredients are then look to see if there are less than 8 ingredients total. Those are 2 key things to live by when buying food that is packaged. A good choice is to opt for sprouted grain breads!
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