Do you think the food pyramid is the nutrition Bible? Think again! We here at Road to Vitality are busting some of the BIGGEST food myths of all time. Debunking information that many health-concious consumers have believed to be FACT for years, maybe even most our lives.
Julie Daniluk – nutritionist, bestselling author and TV host – unearths some of the largest culinary calamities ever.
Finally, figure out why foods you thought were healthy are still causing you to gain weight and why your lethargy may have more to do with your diet than with aging.
For those of you just joining us, this is a two-part mini-series so please, feel free to catch up by reading the previous post below. It covers myths 1-5.
Your brain is a lot like the engine of a Porsche, give it the wrong type of fuel and it just won’t work well. This is why aspartame, saccharine and other artificial sweeteners are so bad for your body. It gives your brain a false signal of fullness but your body burns through it’s calories leading to a spike in hunger throughout the day.
“Artificial sweeteners actually cause more cravings leading to a higher calorie consumption than natural sweeteners like Stevia and honey,” says Daniluk.
Myth #7: Low Carb Diets Work
Daniluk says low-carb initiatives may work in the moment but cause yo-yo dieting in the long run. Why? Because once you get back into your regular food routine you’ll put those pounds right back on. She suggests eating all- natural, high fibre carbohydrates such as fruits (berries, apples, pears) and vegetables (sweet potato, squash). There is mounting evidence that part of the effect of the low carb success is avoidance of gluten grains such as wheat, spelt, kamut, rye and barely. Daniluk recommends avoiding gluten as 1 in 10 people are intolerant and may find weight loss success.
Myth #8: It is Expensive to Eat Healthy Food
A stroll through the produce section of your supermarket will prove this to be fiction. At the local No Frills grocery store I found a pound of peaches for $1.75 an entire watermelon for only $2.49 and 200 grams of snow peas for only $97. Buy it fresh, eat it fast (before it goes bad) and you’ll be sure to save more cash.
“Eating seven veggies and three fruits a day is actually cheap,” says Daniluk. “What is really more expensive is getting sick. If you avoid frozen and convenience foods and shop in the bulk department, your sure to save lots of money.
Myth #9: Banish Cellulite By Eating Grapefruit
No need to explain this. It’s just plain wrong. Daniluk suggests getting regular lymphatic massages if you want to get rid of or reduce the appearance of cellulite. Otherwise, just embrace it like the rest of us.
“Certain fats help you lose weight dramatically,” says Daniluk. “Omega 3 helps you burn fat faster and prevent fat storage. You can fight inflammation with 3000 mg a day of fish oil. Make sure to stick to sustainable fish like Sardines, Anchovy and Mackerel.”
Learn more about healthy cuisine that eliminates pain with Julie’s book Meals That Heal Inflammation
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- Writer, speaker out to bust myths about sustainable food (missoulian.com)
- 5 anti-inflammatory foods (mnn.com)
- Seven Dangerous Myths About Weight Loss – Or Are They Little White Lies? (forbes.com)
- 7 obesity myths shattered (cbc.ca)
- Five Fitness & Health Tips Busted! (letstalkandwalk.com)