Top 5 Nutrition Myths

MILK DOES A BODY GOOD?

For years we were all told that if we wanted strong bones, we should drink milk because milk contains calcium and calcium=strong bones.  Wrong!  Science is now proving that there is NO RELATION to calcium intake and bone density.  In fact, a recent study from Uppsala University in Sweden suggested that consuming more milk could actually be associated with higher risks of fractures.  The vitamins more important to bone health are Vitamin K and Vitamin D.  Vitamin K is found in vegetables like kale, spinach, mustard greens, parsley, broccoli and Brussels sprouts – just to name a few.

EATING FAT CAUSES HEART DISEASE?

Thanks to an erroneous conclusion made back in the 1950’s by Ancel Keys, we have all been told that there is a direct relationship between saturated fat intake and coronary heart disease.  Turns out his study was severely flawed and there is no link.  However, don’t go reaching for the butter just yet!  Fat is a macronutrient and a crucial component to a balanced diet, but that does not mean you can eat it with abandon.  The basic tenants of a good diet remain the same: balanced meals eaten consistently throughout the day. And incorporating butter as well as those healthy monounsaturated fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds accomplish that balance.  If you want to read more about fats, click here to read a more in depth discussion regarding fats in my recent blog.

BREAD IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL?

Probably one of the most frequently asked questions I get from clients is, “Do I have to stop eating bread?”  My answer is, “Absolutely not.”  Humans have been eating gluten for thousands of years, so it is not gluten that is inherently the issue.  What is the issue is how processed and refined most breads have become, rendering them physiologically akin to eating sugar.  Unless you have been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, eating whole grain bread OCCASIONALLY that contains a minimum of 3 grams of fiber is perfectly okay.

YOU CAN SUPPLEMENT YOUR WAY TO HEALTH?

Supplements are an increasingly popular and incredibly lucrative industry that has NO regulating body.  As a result, I call the supplement business the snake oil industry of old.  When you go to buy any kind of supplements (including multi-vitamins) there is absolutely no assurance that what you think you are buying is actually what is in the bottle.  Additionally, our bodies don’t have tanks to store all those excess vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, bee pollen, that-herb-you’ve-never-heard-of-but-sounds-amazing that we are ingesting.  As such, Americans have the most expensive pee in the world.  What’s the answer?  Get your vitamins and minerals from food.  Whole food.  Real food.  Food you prepare at home.

EGGS SHOULD BE AVOIDED?

This is probably the second most popular question I am asked by clients.  The answer is a resounding NO.  Eggs are the protein most easily assimilated by the human body and contain numerous vitamins essential to a balanced diet.  Yes they are high in cholesterol, however it has been proven in study after scientific study that eggs and dietary cholesterol do NOT adversely affect blood cholesterol.  “In fact, eggs raise HDL (the good) cholesterol.  They also change LDL cholesterol from small, dense LDL (which is bad) to large LDL, which is benign.” Conclusion?  If you like eggs, eat them!

And, because sometimes talking about food just gets to be a drag, here’s something to make you laugh:

Questions?  Thoughts?  I’d love to hear from you.  Leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Eat well.

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