“scary” food myths – busted!

been scared by some food myths? here are some that are BUSTED!

Nutrition “Scare” #1: Fat Will Make You Fat!

A diet high in healthy fats proved to be superior to a low-fat diet, both in terms of weight loss and overall health benefits. Saturated and trans fats have given fat a bad name, but the truth is that the unsaturated fats found in foods like nuts, salmon, and olive oil are a key component in a healthy diet.

Nutrition “Scare” #2: Bread Will Make You Fat!

Eating the right kinds of breads and other grains can actually help you lose weight. The fiber found in whole grain foods helps slow digestion, keeping you fuller longer. You should still avoid refined grains like “enriched” flour, but a moderate amount of whole grain bread can be a great addition to a balanced diet. Tip: True whole grain bread products will have “whole wheat” or “whole grain” flour as their first ingredient.

Nutrition “Scare” #3: Snacking Will Make You Fat!

Snacking throughout the day is actually one of the best ways to avoid an expanding waistline. Consistent snacking helps maintain blood-sugar levels, keeping you full and preventing your body from storing excess fat. Two great options for a low-sugar, high-protein snack: nuts and (low-fat) dairy products, like yogurt.

Nutrition “Scare” #4: Coffee is Ruining Your Health!

Coffee drinkers were significantly less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and other research has linked coffee consumption with a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease, dementia, stroke, and depression. Coffee is the number-one leading source of antioxidants in the American diet.

Nutrition “Scare” #5: Thinking About Food Will Make You Obsessed With Eating!

Try planning nutritious meals for the week or keeping healthy snacks like fruit and nuts on hand to ward off hunger.

Nutrition “Scare” #6: Dessert Will Ruin Your Life!

Try allowing yourself a small dessert every day to satisfy your cravings without doing too much damage.

Nutrition “Scare” #7: Red Meat Will Give You a Heart Attack!

Meat is a complete protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, and many studies have linked protein consumption with weight loss. Moreover, meat and other animal products are the only dietary sources of vitamin B12, which helps your body make blood cells and maintain a healthy nervous system. Eating too much saturated fat has been linked to heart disease by having the leanest cuts.

Nutrition “Scare” #8: Eggs are Cholesterol Bombs!

The dietary cholesterol found in eggs actually has little effect on the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

read article on Yahoo! Health by David Zinczenko with Matt Goulding from Men’s Health: 8 “Scary” Food Myths – Busted!

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