We are digging into some frequently asked nutrition questions today. The answers should bring you closer to your health and nutrition goals.
By: Betsy Stevens NCCPT | Click Here to Find Me on Facebook
1. Why should I eat whole grain/whole wheat breads and rice, instead of white?
We have been consuming grains for millions of years. But that’s just the thing. GRAINS are what our ancestors grew up farming and feeding their families. They didn’t grow white foods. In more recent years, we have altered the original make-up of these grains. They become white when they are stripped of their nutritional value and color. The result is a white, nutrition lacking consumable, that is just easier for food producers to sell in mass quantities for cheaper. The white breads and rices are turned into sugar in our bodies a lot quicker than whole grain/wheat products. Because these foods turn to sugar so quickly, our bodies absorb them faster and will in turn store them. That there is one of the ways we get body fat. The slower the food is absorbed into our bodies, the more it is being used as an energy source for us.
2. Since fruit has sugar, is it bad for me?
Alright. Let’s get this straight. Fruit is NOT bad for you. There are however a few ways that we can make it bad for us, but on its own in proper potion sizes, fruit is very beneficial to us. It wouldn’t have been put on the earth for us and other animals to eat, if it was meant to harm our health. When fruit is prepackaged in cups with the syrupy goo, that is one of the times you want to stay away from it. Those kinds that are packaged and preserved with all that extra sugar, aren’t going to do you any favors.
Also since fruit is naturally high in sugar, we want to eat it in moderation. Fruits should be consumed in the right serving size so that just like any other sugar, it isn’t stored in our bodies as fat. Our bodies can’t tell the difference between processed sugar and natural fruit sugars, so they are treated the same in the energy obtaining and storage processes.
3. Is it really that important for me to eat breakfast?
As much as it pains me to say it, yes. It is very, very important for us to eat breakfast. I grew up just hating breakfast. I just wasn’t ever hungry. When I woke up for school my parents would make me drink a glass of orange juice in front of them or one of the instant breakfast shakes, just so they would know I had something to eat. I would gag my way through the entire event. To this day I do not like to eat breakfast but as the cliché says, it really IS the most important meal of the day. So believe me, I understand what some of you have to struggle with.
Alright. So, why is it important? Well, think about it like this: Say you normally finish up dinner at about 7p.m. and you wake up to start your day at 7a.m. That is 12 hours that you are going without eating. So, add in another 3-4 hours of not eating because you don’t like breakfast. You are genuinely going over half of a days’ worth of time without eating. You may not realize it, but your body is just dying for you to feed it. When you wake up in the morning, your metabolism is at its peak and is burning through energy quickly. But, if it doesn’t have anything to burn, it will result in cannibalism of the muscle tissue and you will be very, very tired as well. Eating in the morning is going to provide you with the energy your body needs to help you and your brain perform in top condition.
4. What is the difference between good fat and bad fat?
This is probably the most confusing question for most people. I get it. I once didn’t comprehend that “fat” wasn’t just the gooey clear and yellow stuff on a steak. In fact, fats are in the majority of our foods. We just have to take the time to analyze if what we are eating is a fat that is beneficial to us or harmful. Here are some examples:
GOOD FATS: Pecans, almonds, walnuts, avocados and seeds.
BAD FATS: Animal sourced foods (meats, butter, cheeses, milks, creams and yogurts), white based dressings, mayonnaise and foods that have been fried
The good fats are beneficial for our bodies and we use them for energy. They also are helpful because they are great for our brains! Bad fats on the other hand, well I’ll give you just a small glimpse as to what they provide us with: heart attack, heart disease, clogged arteries, greasy/splotchy skin, lethargy and body fat.
I hope the answers have provided some clarity and insight. Now that you are a little more informed, begin to apply what you have learned in some of your everyday choices! I promise that it will make all the difference in your health and nutrition goals!
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