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Top 3 Nutrition Myths Busted

December 4th, 2013 by

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Low-fat diets are best –This is simply untrue. A diet crammed full of saturated fat is obviously not conducive to good health, but not all fats are created equal – and this is the most

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important fact to remember. Polyunsaturated fats found in oily fish and seed oils are absolutely essential to health; from your skin, to your heart to even slimming down healthily and keeping the weight off. Yes you heard right – fats do not make you fat! Eaten in moderation, all fats are preferred sources of fuel for the body, in other words they are not stored as fat. It is sugar that is stored as fat – and very rapidly too. This brings me onto the next important point: low-fat foods like yoghurts, dairy products and hummus are not the healthier option – they are crammed with sugar and artificial chemicals, which are stored as fat, and encourage over-eating! Mono-unsaturated fats found in avocados and nuts are also essential for the body, and an important feature of a healthy diet. It is the saturated fats that require limiting, but absolutely not avoiding. Butter and red meat contain a vital and unrivalled source of nutrients. The only fats to avoid are Trans fats found in processed foods and ‘junk’ food.

Eat lots of fruit! Yes fruit is a healthy food, and an important part of your diet, however it is also packed with the sugar fructose, which although natural, is processed through the liver and can cause damage if eaten in excess. The sugars in fruit also have the same erratic effects on your blood sugar levels as a chocolate bar. A maximum of two or three portions a day is recommended. The main emphasis of your fresh food intake should be on vegetables. Eat as much as possible, and mix it up – think lots of colour and focus on getting plenty of greens like cabbage, watercress, spinach and broccoli.

Eggs are bad for your cholesterol – Eggs do not raise your cholesterol. They are known as ‘perfect foods’ as they contain all the essential amino acids in perfect ratio. Up to 8 a week is perfectly healthy. Eggs may contain cholesterol but they do not affect your levels in a detrimental way. They in fact promote the rise of HDL cholesterol – which is the ‘good’ cholesterol that we need for our bodies to function, and they reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol, which is the damaging ‘bad’ cholesterol. A cholesterol and heart-friendly diet includes plenty of vegetables, fibre, lean proteins, eggs, a little whole grain, essential fats and moderate levels of natural saturated fats from red meat and butter. A diet which is conducive to high ‘bad’ cholesterol levels typically contains high levels of sugar, processed foods, ‘Trans’ fats and refined carbohydrates and little fresh food like vegetables and fibre.

 

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